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