ANGLICAN-CATHOLICS: THE THIRD STAGE OF THEOLOGICAL DIALOGUE ON ETHICAL QUESTIONS BEGINS

The third stage of the international theological dialogue between Anglicans and Catholics is starting next year. It will face "fundamental questions concerning the Church as Communion, the local as well as universal Church; it will also deal with the way in which the local and universal Church, in communion, perceives the right ethical teaching". It was made known through a notice by the Anglican Communion today, in which it is said that a preparatory committee met in Rome at the Anglican Centre last 23 November, in order to prepare this third stage of works of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC). In the notice, it is also said that Card. Walter Kasper, president of the Papal Council for the promotion of the unity of the Christians and Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, took part in the preparatory meeting in Rome. And it is said that the preparatory meeting took place a few days from the meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, during which "they confirmed their wish to strengthen ecumenical relationships between Anglicans and Roman Catholics". In the next few months, the members which will be part of the Commission will be appointed, and the date of the first meeting will be announced.

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