ARCIC urges more talks with Catholics

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The fourth meet­ing of the third ses­sion of the Angli­can-Ro­man Catholic In­ter­na­tional Com­mis­sion (ARCIC) con­cluded last week in Dur­ban, re­leas­ing a com­mu­niqué af­firm­ing the need for fur­ther talks be­tween the two Churches.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­leased at the close of the 12-20 May meet­ing in Dur­ban, South Africa said: “A wide range of pa­pers was pre­pared for the meet­ing and dis­cussed, tak­ing the Com­mis­sion fur­ther to­wards its goal of pro­duc­ing an agreed state­ment.

“The man­date for this third phase of ARCIC is to ex­plore: the Church as Com­mu­nion, lo­cal and uni­ver­sal, and how in com­mu­nion the lo­cal and uni­ver­sal Church come to dis­cern right eth­i­cal teach­ing.”

Fol­low­ing the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury Michael Ram­sey’s 1966 meet­ing with Pope Paul VI, the Angli­can-Ro­man Catholic In­ter­na­tional Com­mis­sion was es­tab­lished to find ways of achiev­ing a re­union of the churches.

Be­gin­ning in 1970 the first round of talks fo­cused on the author­ity of Scrip­ture, pro­duc­ing in 1981 the re­port “Elu­ci­da­tions on Author­ity in the Church.” A sec­ond round of talks was held be­tween 1983 and 2004, pro­duc­ing an agreed state­ment on Mar­ian the­ol­ogy in 2004.

Pope John Paul II ter­mi­nated talks in the wake of the con­se­cra­tion of Gene Robin­son as Bishop of New Hamp­shire. In 2011 Arch­bishop Rowan Wil­liams and Pope Bene­dict XVI ini­ti­ated a third round of talks de­signed to find com­mon ground on moral teach­ings.

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