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ARCIC III in South Africa

Adapted from Anglican Communion News Service

Theologians met together in Durban, South Africa, on Monday for the opening of a fourth session of their current dialogue known as ARCIC III. The theme for this third phase of Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission is to explore the Church as Communion, local and universal, and how, together, they come to discern correct ethical teaching.

The Vatican’s new co-secretary of the dialogue is the Rev. Tony Currer, in charge of relations with the Anglican Communion at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Philippa Hitchen caught up with him just ahead of his departure for South Africa to find out more about what this meeting can hope to achieve [MP3].

Fr. Tony notes that this 10-day encounter is the longest dialogue meeting the Council is involved in and that it is looking at the methodology for dialogue: “We’re looking at how far we’ll be using the tool of ‘receptive ecumenism’ as a way of preparing our documents and how much our documents will follow the previous tradition of writing a consensus document.”

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