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[ENS] Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation meets in Louisville

From "Matthew Davies" <>
Date Fri, 22 Sep 2006 13:42:15 -0400

Episcopal News Service Friday, September 22, 2006

Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation meets in Louisville

[ENS] The 75th General Convention, the role of Mary in the Church, and Spanish-language ministry were topics at the 61st meeting of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Theological Consultation in the USA (ARC-USA), held in Louisville, Kentucky, from September 14-17.

The meeting was hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky, and was co-chaired by Bishop Edwin F. Gulick, Jr. of Kentucky, and the Most Rev. Edward W. Clark, an auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

The first two sessions of the dialogue were devoted to discussion of the decisions reached at the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church that took place in Columbus, Ohio, in June, including the election of Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori as the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. She will be the first female Primate in the Anglican Communion.

Dr. Ruth Myers, a deputy from the Diocese of Chicago, guided the Episcopalians' time of sharing about General Convention. Clark and the Rev. Ron Roberson, from the staff of United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB), had both been at General Convention and shared their perspectives. Clark observed that the selection of a woman as Presiding Bishop changes nothing about the relationship between the two denominations, since the Episcopal Church have had women in the episcopate in recent decades, according to Bishop Christopher Epting, the Presiding Bishop's deputy for ecumenical and interfaith relations, who is staff to ARC-USA's Episcopal delegation.

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