Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission

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A joint commission of the RC Church and the Anglican Communion, intended to further the goal of visible unity between the two bodies. Set up after a meeting in 1966 between Pope Paul VI and M. Ramsey, Abp. of Canterbury, the Commission held a series of residential meetings (known as ‘Conversations’) and produced ‘Agreed Statements’ on ‘Eucharistic Doctrine’ (1971), ‘Ministry and Ordination’ (1973), and ‘Authority in the Church’ (1976). The 1988 Lambeth Conference held that the first two statements were ‘consonant in substance with the faith of Anglicans’, but called for further study of questions concerning Papal primacy. The formal RC response in 1991 judged that ‘differences or ambiguities’ remained. Meanwhile a new Commission (ARCIC II) was established in 1982 and has produced further ‘Agreed Statements’, including one on the BVM in 2005.

Subjects: Christianity.

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