Regarding "Vatican Reaching Out to Anglicans" (Oct. 21): It has even created a new church structure to receive disaffected Anglicans -- read, those who cannot tolerate their church's ordination of women and the election of openly gay bishops.
That the Vatican is bending "sacred rules" to welcome these bigots is more evidence of the stubborn ignorance of church leaders.
The good news is that change is happening regardless of a hierarchy that is too rigid, too divisive and too contentious.
Eighty percent of the laity, who largely ignore papal dictates, have come to understand that they are the church.
In a speech delivered by the deeply humane Pope John XXIII which opened the Second Vatican Council, he offered hope: "Today, rather, Providence is guiding us toward a new order of human relationships, which, thanks to human effort and yet far surpassing human hopes, will bring us to the realization of still higher and undreamed of expectations."