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Welcome to the website of the Interchurch Families International Network.

(Feature article can be found below.)
 
People come to this site to learn more about marriages across denominational lines, be it because they live, or have a family member or friend in, such a marriage; or to know what the churches are learning and saying about such marriages. More and more, people are coming here to discover the riches and joy to be found in sharing in each other's church traditions, and worshipping as much as possible together in each other's churches.

We who live such marriages are today gathering in groups and Associations in various countries. We lend support to each other, share information, and discuss how to live the often painful and confusing situations arising out of the divisions in the churches.  We seek  to grow in Christian unity, and become for our churches an ever-greater gift of healing of the scandal of disunity.

This site provides rich resources for this journey. Of these, the Journal, produced over a period of more than 10 years, and reflecting the experiences of interchurch families and the theology which undergirds their journey, must be counted among the most valuable.

The Interchurch Families International Discussion Group enables us to share joys and sorrows, to discuss ways of dealing with immediate issues which arise as a consequence of living our marital unity within churches which are divided.  Feel free to join.

Enjoy and, if you have comments or questions, please contact me, Ray Temmerman, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

   

BAPTISM IN CHURCH OF ENGLAND CHURCHES

In the past AIF has advised that the easiest way for a baptism to be registered in both Catholic and Anglican churches, if this is what the parents want, is for the baptism to take place in an Anglican church, with the Catholic priest as the minister of baptism. The latter can register it as the celebrant, and the Anglican minister (who can take a large part in assisting with the baptism) can register it as having taken place in his church.

Many baptisms celebrated by Catholic priests have taken place in Anglican churches. Recently, however, we have heard of several cases in which an Anglican incumbent has been unwilling for this to happen in his/her church. One has said that he is not permitted to allow it unless he is within a Local Ecumenical Project. In fact, this is not the case.

Anglican canon law on this point is permissive, but not prescriptive: i.e. an Anglican incumbent can allow it, but he does not have to do so.

The relevant canon is B43 clause 9. This allows the incumbent of a parish, with the approval of the PCC and the bishop of the diocese, to invite members of another church to which the canon applies (that includes the Roman Catholic Church) to take part in joint worship with the Church of England, or to use a church in the parish for worship in accordance with the forms of service and practice of that other church on such occasions as may be specified in the approval given by the bishop.

This canon can apply to baptism, and in fact there are innumerable cases now in which a Roman Catholic priest has presided at a baptism in the Church of England with the assistance of the Anglican priest

(See Ecumenical Relations: Ecumenical Canons B43 and B44: Code of Practice, General Synod of the Church of England, 1989)

March 1996

Published by the Association of Interchurch Families, UK