The Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) held its 7th meeting recently and will be publishing a document next year after it passes through the various official channels of the respective bodies.
Anglicans and Roman Catholics should see in each other “a community in which the Holy Spirit is alive and active,” the latest communiqué from the official ecumenical dialogue between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church says.
Members of the third-phase of the Anglican – Roman Catholic International Commission (Arcic) met in the central German city of Erfurt early this month for their seventh meeting. They chose to meet in the city to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – it is here that Martin Luther was ordained and lived as a monk.
During their meeting, the members of Arcic agreed the text of a new statement looking at Anglican and Roman Catholic ecclesiology. Walking Together on the Way: Learning to be Church – Local, Regional, Universal, to be known as The Erfurt Document, will be published next year.
The article links to the official communique in pdf.
Anglo-Catholics used to have such hope in the early dialogues, no?
A journalist asked me the other day whether any Ordinariate people are involved in these dialogues. To be honest, I don’t know, but my hasty response was: “Are you kidding?”
Not because I oppose dialogue by any means, but my point is we may be seen as an obstacle to ecumenical talks with Anglicans, the same way Byzantine Catholics are not involved with Vatican talks with the Russian Orthodox.
I am reminded of something I read in Fr. Louis Bouyer’s Memoirs about how he was excluded from talks with ecumenical partners involved in the Second Vatican Council. Bouyer was a Lutheran convert to the Catholic faith and knew personally and had good relations with leading Protestant theologians such as Oscar Cullmann but he remarked that his having become a Catholic was now seen as an obstacle.