Anglicans and Roman Catholics should see in each other “a community in which the Holy Spirit is alive and active,” says the latest communiqué from the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission.
Members of the third phase of ARCIC held their seventh meeting early in May in the central German city of Erfurt, where Martin Luther was ordained and lived as a monk.
ARCIC members agreed the text of a new statement on ecclesiology. Walking Together on the Way: Learning to be Church — Local, Regional, Universal will be published next year as The Erfurt Document.
This first formal statement from the third phase of ARCIC discussions addresses the structures and decision-making processes of the two churches and explores church order and the maintenance of communion. It prepares the way for work on ARCIC’s next statement, which will explore how the church discerns right ethical teaching, both locally and universally.
Adapted from ACNS