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Nature of communion and authority studied at 76th Orthodox-Catholic Consultation

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    http://www.oca.org/news/1872 Nature of communion and authority studied at 76th Orthodox-Catholic Consultation Posted 06/29 NEW YORK, NY [SCOBA] -- The 76th
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      Nature of communion and authority studied at 76th Orthodox-Catholic
      Consultation

      Posted 06/29

      NEW YORK, NY [SCOBA] -- The 76th meeting of the North American
      Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation took place at St.
      Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY, June 1 to 3,
      2009. The session, hosted by the Standing Conference of the Canonical
      Orthodox Bishops in the Americas [SCOBA], was co-chaired by His
      Eminence, Metropolitan Maximos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of
      Pittsburgh and Roman Catholic Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of the
      Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

      At the meeting the Consultation continued its study of the 2007
      agreed statement of the international Orthodox-Catholic dialogue,
      "Ecclesiological and Canonical Consequences of the Sacramental Nature
      of the Church. Ecclesial Communion, Conciliarity and Authority." The
      members heard analyses of the text, also known as "The Ravenna
      Document," from a Catholic perspective, prepared by Leavenworth
      Sister of Charity Susan Wood and Father John Galvin, and from an
      Orthodox perspective by Father Nicholas Apostola. These presentations
      will form the basis of a draft common response to the international
      document that will be considered at the next meeting.

      The Consultation also heard two presentations of points of
      convergence that have emerged in its ongoing study of primacies and
      conciliarity in the Church. One text was prepared by Jesuit Father
      Brian Daley and Vito Nicastro, Ph.D., and a second one, from an
      Orthodox perspective, by Father James Dutko. The authors of these two
      studies will prepare a draft agreed statement on this theme for
      consideration at the fall 2009 meeting.

      Archbishop Pilarczyk shared with the members of the Consultation
      that, with his imminent retirement, he intends to resign as
      Co-Chairman of the dialogue. Metropolitan Maximos expressed gratitude
      to the Archbishop for his seven years of service. The Consultation
      presented Archbishop Pilarczyk with a copy of the book, "The Rublev
      Trinity," by Gabriel Bunge. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, the Chairman
      of the Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the
      United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, intends to name a new
      Catholic Co-Chairman of the Consultation in due course.

      The seventy-seventh meeting of the Consultation is due to take place
      from October 22-24, at Saint Paul's College in Washington.

      In addition to the co-chairs, the Consultation include Orthodox
      representatives Father Thomas FitzGerald [Secretary], Father Nicholas
      Apostola, Father John Erickson, Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Ph.D., Father
      James Dutko, Paul Meyendorff, Ph.D., Father Alexander Golitzin,
      Robert Haddad, Ph.D., Father Robert Stephanopoulos, Father Theodore
      Pulcini, and Father Mark Arey, General Secretary of SCOBA [staff].

      Additional Catholic members are Jesuit Father Brian Daley
      (Secretary), Thomas Bird, Ph.D., Sylvain Destrempes, Ph.D., Father
      Peter Galadza, Chorbishop John D. Faris, Father John Galvin, Father
      Sidney Griffith, Father Joseph Komonchak, Father Paul McPartlan,
      Father David Petras, Sister Susan K. Wood, Vito Nicastro, Ph.D., and
      Paulist Father Ronald Roberson, who serves as staff.

      The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation is
      sponsored jointly by the Standing Conference of the Canonical
      Orthodox Bishops in the Americas [SCOBA], the Bishops' Committee for
      Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference
      of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and the Canadian Conference of Catholic
      Bishops. Since its establishment in 1965, the Consultation has issued
      22 agreed statements on various topics.

      All these texts are now available on the SCOBA Website at:
      www.scoba.us/resources/orthodox-catholic.html. And the USCCB Website
      at: www.usccb.org/seia/orthodox_index.shtml.
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