The Margaret O'Gara Ecumenical Dialogue Collection
La collection de dialogues œcuméniques Margaret O'Gara
Online resource centre for Canadian bilateral ecumenical dialogues
Centre de ressources pour les dialogues œcuméniques bilatéraux canadiens
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Anglican-Roman Catholic

Agreed statements & reports

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  1. Comments on the Observations of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Salvation and the Church (1990)
  2. A Call to Perseverance in Ecumenism (1990)
  3. Reflection on the Experience of Women’s Ministries (1991)
  4. Agreed Statement on Infallibility (1992)
  5. Reply to the Vatican Response to the Final Report (1993)
  6. On the Way Together: A People Created for the Common Good (Apr. 1998)
  7. Cheminer ensemble : Un peuple créé pour le bien commun (Apr. 1998)
  8. A Response to The Gift of Authority (2003)
  9. Une réponse au Don de l’autorité (2003)
  10. A Response to Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ (Oct. 25, 2008)
  11. Une réponse au document Marie : grâce et espérance dans le Christ (Oct. 25, 2008)
  12. Did You Ever Wonder? A Common Witness Project (2015)
  13. Vous êtes-vous déjà demandés? Un projet de témoignage commun (2015)
  14. A Contribution to the Anglican Church of Canada’s Commission on the Marriage Canon (June 25, 2015)

Additional resources

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  1. Anglicans and Catholics finding one voice ‘to express our faith in our contemporary culture’ (May 2013)
  2. Anglicans et catholiques unissent leurs voix « pour exprimer notre foi dans notre culture contemporaine » (May 2013)
  3. Communiqué: Anglican-Catholic Dialogues Discuss Marriage, Physician-assisted Suicide (Nov. 2014)
  4. Communiqué : Les dialogues entre anglicans et catholiques discutent du mariage et de l’aide médicale à mourir (Nov. 2014)

Inspired by the new ecumenical openness expressed by the Second Vatican Council, official theological dialogue between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Roman Catholic Church in this country (under the aegis of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops) began in 1971. Four years later, a second bilateral dialogue was established between Canadian Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops. Both churches remain committed to the two dialogues.

In their four decades of work, the two dialogues have addressed both theological and pastoral questions. They have contributed to the theological work of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission. They have also produced joint pastoral guidelines on intermarriage between Anglicans and Catholics, as well as guidelines for bishops who are receiving clergy from the other church. The dialogues are currently focused on helping Canadian Anglicans and Roman Catholics become more aware of the existing high level of theological agreement our two churches already share, and helping them find ways to tangibly express that unity in mission together.

Inspiré par la nouvelle ouverture œcuménique exprimée par le Concile Vatican II, le dialogue théologique officiel entre l’Église anglicane du Canada et l’Église catholique romaine dans ce pays (sous l’égide de la Conférence des évêques catholiques ) a commencé en 1971. Quatre ans plus tard, un deuxième dialogue bilatéral a été établi entre les évêques canadiens anglicans et catholiques romains. Les deux églises restent attachés aux deux dialogues.

Dans leurs quatre décennies de travail, les deux dialogues ont abordé deux questions théologiques et pastorales. Ils ont contribué au travail théologique de la Commission internationale anglicane-catholique romaine . Ils ont également élaboré des lignes directrices pastorales communes sur les mariages mixtes entre anglicans et catholiques, ainsi que des lignes directrices pour les évêques qui reçoivent le clergé de l’autre église. Les dialogues se concentrent actuellement sur l’ aide aux anglicans canadiens et catholiques deviennent plus conscients du niveau élevé actuel de l’ accord théologique nos deux Églises partagent déjà, et les aider à trouver des moyens d’exprimer cette unité dans tangiblement mission ensemble.

Help the A-RC dialogue!

The Canadian A-RC dialogue will soon be reviewing the 2018 document entitled: Walking Together on the Way: Learning to be the Church – Local, Regional, Universal, which was produced by ARCIC III.

As part of this effort, the A-RC dialogue is seeking input from Catholic and Anglican theologians from across Canada as the dialogue works towards developing an official response to the said resource. Submissions will be reviewed and synthesized into an official response published in the name of the A-RC dialogue, with credit given to those individual scholars who contributed their feedback. If you are interested in contributing to the Canadian response to the ARCIC III document, submissions are kindly requested by May 17, 2019 to Kyle Ferguson at k.ferguson [at] cccb [dot] ca.

The following six questions have been proposed by the dialogue to guide possible responses:

1) ARCIC III has chosen the methodology of “receptive ecumenism” for this phase of its current work. At this time in the life of our churches, is receptive ecumenism a helpful methodology for our dialogue?

2) What are the overall strengths and weaknesses of this document and its discussion of the theme of synodical authority and decision making?

3) How do you evaluate the biblical and historical sections of the document?

4) Do you agree that the descriptions of the structures and operations of Anglican/Catholic polity at the universal, regional, and local levels are accurate and representative?

5) Is there anything about this document and its suggestions that has particular application to the Canadian context? Could the Canadian context offer any helpful feedback?

6) Are ecumenical documents such as these useful resources in an academic theology setting?