Vatican II and the Redefinition of Anglicanism
This chapter explores the change of rhetoric in the Anglican churches during and after the Second Vatican Council. By exploring the contribution of Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, to ecumenism the author shows how the increasing openness of the Roman Catholic Church forced the Church of England to redefine itself. Moving away from its negative anti-Roman identity, it developed a far more positive attitude to non-protestant churches. Although this approach had been adopted by Anglo-Catholic enthusiasts earlier in the century it gradually spread through other sections of the Anglican Churches. This success was mirrored by Anglo-Catholic opposition to ecumenical agreements with protestant bodies, which led to the collapse of the proposals for union with the Methodist Church in 1969.