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Anglicans and Roman Catholics appoint a working group
01 Feb 2001 09:06:25for <@conf2mail.igc.apc.org,conf-wfn.news>; Thu, 1 Feb 2001 09:17:23 -0800 (PST)
New working group appointed to advance practical cooperation between Anglicans
and Roman Catholic
by James Solheim
(ACNS-ENS) A new, high-level working group has been appointed by the
Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church to review the relationship
between the two communions around the world, consolidate the results of more than
30 years of dialogue and chart a course for the future.
Formation of the working group stems directly from a special international
meeting of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops outside of Toronto last May,
chaired by Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey and Cardinal Edward Cassidy,
president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
The bishops spent a week together in prayer, worship and discussion about
their relationships in different parts of the world. In a concluding statement,
"Communion in Mission," they described their belief that the two communions share
a degree of common faith that makes "greater cooperation and mission" more
possible than is currently the case. They also called for a new commission to
help implement such possibilities, suggesting that the preparation of a joint
affirmation of faith be placed at the top of the agenda.
Since 1970 the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church have been
engage in theological dialogue through a special commission, the Anglican-Roman
Catholic International Commission.
The working group will probably hold its first meeting later in the year.
The co-chairs are Anglican Bishop David Beetge of South Africa and Roman Catholic
Archbishop John Bathersby of Australia.
Other Anglican members are: Archbishop Peter Carnley, primate of the
Anglican Church of Australia; Bishop Edwin Gulick of Kentucky; Archbishop Peter
Kwong, primate of Hong Kong; Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali of Rochester, England; Dr.
Mary Tanner of England. The Anglican co-secretary will be the Rev. David Hamid of
the Anglican Communion Office in London.
Other Roman Catholic members are: Archbishop Alexander Brunett of Seattle;
Bishop Anthony Farquhar of Ireland; Bishop Crispian Hollis of England; Bishop
Lucius Ugorji from Nigeria; the Rev. Peter Cross of Australia; Msgr. Timothy
Galligan of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity will serve as
Bishop Gulick said that he was personally very excited to be a part of the
move to talk about the practical mission implications of ecumenical work.
"This is an opportunity to see how our agreed ecumenical statements can be
translated into mission cooperation," he said in an interview. He said that the
working group stems from the "energized meeting" in Canada, especially the
contribution of bishops from the developing world who shared the areas of present
cooperation "and the tremendous unmet challenges that would benefit from closer
cooperation. They infused real energy into the conversation."
Gulick found the timing of the announcement, coming at the end of the Week
of Prayer for Christian Unity, particularly fitting.
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