Pope Benedict XVI, who opposes the ordained ministry of women, will meet the President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev. Alison Tomlin, on his United Kingdom (UK) visit next week, according to the Ekklesia website.
On Friday, September 17, 2010, she will be presented to Pope Benedict at Westminster Abbey in London, where Church leaders will join the Archbishop of Canterbury in a celebration of Evening Prayer.
Ms. Tomlin commented: "It's great for the whole Church that Pope Benedict is coming to the UK. It's really important that the different parts of the Church talk to each other and I am glad other Church leaders have been invited to meet him."
The official position of the Catholic Church is that Free Church ministry has no priestly status and that Anglican orders -- including those of its most senior representatives -- are "utterly null and void."