ECUMENICAL CELEBRATION IN CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL
HOMILY OF JOHN PAUL II
Saturday, 29 May 1982
In a few moments we shall renew our baptismal vows together. We intend to perform this ritual, which we share in common as Anglicans and Catholics, as a clear testimony to the one sacrament of Baptism by which we have been joined to Christ. At the same time we are humbly mindful that the faith of the Church to which we appeal is not without the marks of our separation. Together we shall renew our renunciation of sin in order to make it clear that we believe that Jesus Christ has overcome the powerful hold of Satan upon “the world” (Io. 14, 17). We shall profess anew our intention to turn away from all that is evil and to turn towards God who is the author of all that is good and the source of all that is holy. As we again make our profession of faith in the triune God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - we find great hope in the promise of Jesus: “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (Ibid. 14, 26). Christ’s promise gives us confidence in the power of this same Holy Spirit to heal the divisions introduced into the Church in the course of the centuries since that first Pentecost day. In this way the renewal of our baptismal vows will become a pledge to do all in our power to cooperate with the grace of the Holy Spirit, who alone can lead us to the day when we will profess the fullness of our faith together.
My comments: The first photo above with Cardinal O'Malley in an ecumenical ceremony where participants acknowledged their common baptism has irritated the "traddies" of the Church to no end. As usual they become shrill and shoot themselves in the foot as their attitude and shrillness don't win them new friends or influence those who stereotype them and see them as on the fringe.
In the ecumenical setting with Cardinal O'Malley it is water that is placed on his forehead by a Methodist minister. While the Catholic Church does not acknowledge any Protestant denominations as having a valid Sacrament of Holy Orders, to include also the Anglicans, we do recognize their ministry as one of leadership and the contact point for ecumenical relations. It would be similar to recognizing the leadership of non-ordained superiors of religious orders.
There is little difference here if she had sprinkled Cardinal O'Malley as we would do the "Rite of Sprinkling with Holy Water" or simply touching his forehead with water as she does in the photo above.
Keep in mind that the photo with Blessed Pope John Paul II and the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1982 was taken as they entered the Anglican (formerly Catholic) Canterbury Cathedral and renewed their baptismal promises together as they prayed together. Technically the Archbishop of Canterbury is not considered by the Catholic Church to be ordained, let alone a bishop in apostolic succession and thus the successor to Saint Augustine who was the first Archbishop of Canterbury.