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Anglican-Catholic dialogue concludes meeting in Brazil

Catholic World News - May 13, 2013

The official dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion—the Anglican – Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC)—has concluded the third meeting of its third phase.

The first phase of dialogue (ARCIC I), begun following the Second Vatican Council, focused on the sacraments and the Church and concluded in 1982. The second phase (ARCIC II), which focused on the Church and the Blessed Virgin Mary, issued its last document in 2004.

ARCIC III, which began in 2009 at the behest of Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, is devoted to the “Church as communion - local and universal,” and “how in communion the local and universal Church comes to discern right ethical teaching.”

During a weeklong meeting in Rio de Janeiro, “the members of the Commission engaged in theological analysis and shared reflection on the nature of the Church and those structures which contribute to discernment and decision-making,” according to a joint statement. “A day was spent considering some case studies of ethical issues which members had prepared, and analyzing the ways in which the two Communions have come to their present teaching on these matters.”

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  • Posted by: jamesbell431857 - May. 14, 2013 8:33 AM ET USA

    I hate these. Anglicans become less Christian every day. Why do we have to pretend that we are growing on understanding with them? Why not just focus on the Church of the East, the Oriental Orthodox, and the Eastern Orthodox Churches -- those Churches with valid sacraments and lacking in heretical teaching and moral relativism? A dialogue with the Anglicans is like chasing ever-moving goalposts in pursuit of the love of the World.

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