Lonely but prophetic voices always existed seeking the unity of Christians in these islands, including the nineteenth-century converts, Fr. Ignatius Spencer and Ambrose Phillipps de Lisle. Impetus was given to the movement by the nineteenth-century Oxford Movement, as the Church of England returned to patristic and Catholic sources to promote spiritual and moral renewal. The call for Reunion was taken up by the 1920 Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops. Their Appeal made passing reference to the Catholic Church, but confident that they would receive no response. Anglicanism preferred rather to focus on practical cooperation with the Protestant Free Churches at home and vague overtures of sympathy towards the Orthodox and Lutherans overseas.
William Newton looks at a topical issue
Very likely there have been “transgender persons” around since antiquity but these individuals have always been more or less in the back-ground of social consciousness and there was never before an accompanying theory or movement. Clearly that has changed. The Church
PRAYER BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God, You are the one who reveals the invisible God, The first-born of all creatures The foundation of all things; You are the Master of humanity, You are the Redeemer, You were born, you died, and have risen for us; You are the centre of history and of the world; You are the one who knows us and loves us; You are the companion and friend of our life; You are the man of sorrow and of hope; You are he who must come And who one day will be our judge And, we hope, you will be our delight St Paul VI