ARCIC to embark on third phase of Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue

November 30, 2009

Following the meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams at the Vatican on Nov. 21, at which they reaffirmed their desire to strengthen ecumenical relations between Anglicans and Roman Catholics, a preparatory committee met on Nov. 23 to prepare the third phase of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC). It has been decided that this phase will begin within the coming year.

During his meeting with Williams, the pope expressed his support for a third phase of ARCIC, an ecumenical dialogue between the two churches that was established in 1967.

This third phase will deal with fundamental questions regarding the church as communion, local and universal, and how in communion the local and universal church comes to discern right ethical teaching.

During the coming months, members will be nominated to the commission, and a date for its first meeting will be announced.

Further information about ARCIC is available here.

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