GENERAL CONVENTION 2003


Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission meets to
articulate Ďa common vision'

June 10-14, 2003 (ACNS) Members of the International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission
(IARCCUM) gathered in Northern Ireland June 10-14,
for their third meeting, continuing the work arising from
the conference of Anglican and Roman Catholic
bishops held at Mississauga in 2000. The commission
is responsible to the Pontifical Council for Promoting
Christian Unity and the Anglican Communion for
finding practical ways to express the fruits of the
dialogue between Anglicans and Roman Catholics
over the last thirty-five years.

The chief business of the commission was to work on
the text of a Common Declaration to be submitted to
the authorities of the Roman Catholic Church and the
Anglican Communion, intended to identify a sufficient
degree of agreement in faith to enable a new level of
common life and mission together. The commission is
also promoting video and web resources to
communicate the extent of what has already been
achieved in the dialogue between the Anglican
Communion and the Roman Catholic Church,
particularly the work of the Anglican Roman Catholic
International Commission (ARCIC), and to nurture new
ways of working together.

Participants welcomed news of the work of the
Anglican Roman Catholic Canon Lawyers Colloquium,
established by academics from the Angelicum and
Gregorian Universities in Rome and from the Centre of
Law and Religion of Cardiff University in Wales. This
colloquium, which meets annually, will explore the
canon law of the two churches in relation to
sacramental sharing at their next meeting in 2004.

Members traveled to Belfast in order to pray together at
the Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals in that
city, and to reflect on the progress of the peace
process in Northern Ireland. They welcomed the
Anglican and Roman Catholic Archbishops of Armagh
and local diocesan bishops at their meeting, and joined
with them in praying for reconciliation and the work of
Christian witness in Northern Ireland.
The commission will meet next in Seattle in February
2004.


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