ARCIC Mary Document – Full Text. In the continuing journey toward full communion, the Roman Catholic Church and the Churches of the Anglican Communion. wwThe Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) is an organization . Although ARCIC had just completed the major document on Marian theology in , Pope John Paul II suspended official talks between the Roman. Following seven years of work, the first ‘Agreed Statement’ (a page document) to emerge from ARCIC III, Walking Together on the Way.

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This agreed statement is now offered to our respective authorities. Where diverse expressions are faithful to the Word revealed in Jesus Christ and transmitted by the apostolic community, the churches in which they are found are truly in communion.

Thus the “Amen” which Anglicans and Roman Catholics say to the one Lord comes closer to being an “Amen” said together by the one holy people witnessing to God’s salvation and reconciling love in a broken world. This text with two changes is used to this day in the Greek liturgical tradition; versions of this prayer also occur in the Ambrosian, Roman, Byzantine and Coptic liturgies.

Revision of the calendars and lectionaries used in our Communions, especially the liturgical provision associated with feasts of Mary, gives evidence of a shared process of re-receiving the scriptural testimony to her place in the faith and life of the Church.

It has also taught the collegiality of the episcopate in its communion with the Bishop of Rome, head of the college.

Has enough provision been made to ensure consultation between the Bishop of Rome and the local churches prior to the making of important decisions affecting either a local church or the whole Church? Roman Catholics find it hard to envisage a restoration of communion in which acceptance of certain doctrines would be requisite for some and not for others.


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The first preparatory meeting was held in Italy, [i] a meeting on the place of scripture in England [ii] and culminating in a meeting in Malta [iii] culminating in the Malta Report. Further, we recognize that no reading of a text is neutral, but aarcic is shaped by the context and interest of its readers. It may be that what was of great significance for an earlier generation will again be important in the future, though its importance is not clear in the present.

Theologians in particular serve the communion of the whole Church by exploring whether and how new insights should be integrated into the ongoing stream of Tradition. Apostolic Tradition is arciv gift of God which must be constantly received anew. We together agree that in understanding Mary as the fullest human example of the life of grace, we are called to reflect on the lessons of her life recorded in Scripture and to join with her as one indeed not dead, but truly alive in Christ.

It is a help which is douments, but which one is not obliged to use … The criterion for the truth and value of a private revelation is therefore its orientation to Christ himself.

Docyments is thus an ecclesial and ecumenical reading, seeking to consider each passage about Mary in the context of the New Testament as a whole, docukents the background of the Old, and in the light of Tradition.

Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ

Nor is the idea of virginal conception likely to derive from an over-literal reading of the Greek text of Isaiah 7: The Commission is of the view that we have deepened and extended our agreement on:. Each bishop is both a voice for the local church and one through whom the local church learns from other churches.

Augustine of Hippo expressed well the relationship among Peter, the other apostles and the whole Church, when he said:. Even though progress has been made, some serious difficulties have emerged on the way to unity.


It is also true, however, that all ministries of the Church, especially those of Word and sacrament, mediate the grace of God through human beings. Perseverance in the Truth: Scholastic theologians in the West developed an increasingly elaborate body of doctrine about Mary in her own right.

ARCIC – Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission

Alongside the autonomy of provinces, Anglicans are coming to see that interdependence among local churches and among provinces is also necessary for fostering communion. It can be read here.

In spite of the diminution of devotion to Mary in the sixteenth century, reverence for her endured in the continued use of the Magnificat in Evening Prayer, and the unchanged dedication of ancient churches and Lady Chapels. The dialogue between Anglicans and Roman Catholics has 1 shown significant signs of progress on the question of authority in the Church.

The Witness of Scripture: Our hope is that, as we share in the one Spirit by which Mary was prepared and sanctified for her unique vocation, we may together participate arclc her and all the saints in the unending praise of God. Issues concerning authority have been raised acutely for each of our communions.

This new study of Mary has benefited from our previous study of reception in The Gift of Authority Documets the Church is to remain united in the truth, it must also entail the communion of the churches in all places in that one Gospel synchronic. Growing into this faith may be for some an experience of questioning and struggle. Further, August 15th has come to be widely celebrated as a principal feast in honour of Mary with Scripture readings, collect and proper preface.