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March 5, 2014
Dear Friends in Christ,

I have been privileged to spend this week in Rome, Italy, from where I am writing you today. I have been here as part of studies I am taking in Canon Law through Cardiff University (Wales UK), which includes interaction between Anglican and Roman Catholic canon lawyers. It has been a magnificent time listening to and seeking to understand the Roman Catholic system of “grace and justice” through the laws and court systems of the Church. I have visited the highest courts of the Roman Catholic Church– the Roman Rota and the Apostolic Signatura.

I have been blessed to find common ground with Roman Catholic judges and canonists who share the same fundamental convictions that we do: namely, that the law of the church (Canon law) necessarily rests upon God’s Divine Law (the Bible) and natural law. In other words canon law is neither a law unto itself nor an end in itself. It must conform in purpose and practice to God’s revelation in Scripture, God’s salvation purposes through Jesus Christ, and God’s design for a people set apart for his purposes– the Church.

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