Catholicism and Anglicanism Merger – 2

Amid talk of a merger between Catholicism and Anglicanism, The Economist takes a look at how the two businesses might fit together…

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Author: SWARAAJ CHAUHAN, International Columnist

Swaraaj Chauhan describes his two-decade-long stint as a full-time journalist as eventful, purposeful, and full of joy and excitement. In 1993 he could foresee a different work culture appearing on the horizon, and decided to devote full time to teaching journalism (also, partly, with a desire to give back to the community from where he had enriched himself so much.) Alongside, he worked for about a year in 1993 for the US State Department's SPAN magazine, a nearly five-decade-old art and culture monthly magazine promoting US-India relations. It gave him an excellent opportunity to learn about things American, plus the pleasure of playing tennis in the lavish American embassy compound in the heart of New Delhi. In !995 he joined WWF-India as a full-time media and environment education consultant and worked there for five years travelling a great deal, including to Husum in Germany as a part of the international team to formulate WWF's Eco-tourism policy. He taught journalism to honors students in a college affiliated to the University of Delhi, as also at the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication where he lectured on "Development Journalism" to mid-career journalists/Information officers from the SAARC, African, East European and Latin American countries, for eight years. In 2004 the BBC World Service Trust (BBC WST) selected him as a Trainer/Mentor for India under a European Union project. In 2008/09 He completed another European Union-funded project for the BBC WST related to Disaster Management and media coverage in two eastern States in India --- West Bengal and Orissa. Last year, he spent a couple of months in Australia and enjoyed trekking, and also taught for a while at the University of South Australia. Recently, he was appointed as a Member of the Board of Studies at Chitkara University in Chandigarh, a beautiful city in North India designed by the famous Swiss/French architect Le Corbusier. He also teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students there. He loves trekking, especially in the hills, and never misses an opportunity to play a game of tennis. The Western and Indian classical music are always within his reach for instant relaxation. And last, but not least, is his firm belief in the power of the positive thought to heal oneself and others.

  • Gray

    In a time when the anglican church is regularly in the news with stories about discrimination, I don’t think a majority of catholics would like to see their church being united with those bigots. Ratzinger already is a heavy burden on catholics, we don’t need more of his kind.

  • Gray

    Looks like the economist can’t find more important topics to fill the pages. Merger? Ridiculous! Just think about what this would mean for Northern Ireland. UIt might even start a new civil war. Idiotic.

  • Gray

    1.119 billion catholics, 0.08 billion anglicists? This would be even less of a merger than DaimlerChrysler…

  • Lynx

    Don’t the Anglicans ordain women? Also I recall that a certain sector of the American Anglican church broke away to join the “Gays should be dead” branch of the African of the Anglican Church (you will be known by the company you keep) while another was ordaining homosexuals. I don’t see anything wrong with this, certainly I favor better treatment of women and gays but since I really don’t believe in any of it, it’s mostly all the same to me. Still, if they were to merge how would that work? Would the catholic church have to start ordaining women? Would the Anglicans have to stop? Do Anglican priests marry?

  • Sam

    Did President East, I mean Bush, have anything at all to do with this? I think it bears looking into :)