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67th Meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2004.11.02 SCOBA: SCOBA The Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas 8 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021 For Immediate Release
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      2004.11.02 SCOBA:
      SCOBA
      The Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas
      8 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021

      For Immediate Release
      November 2, 2004
      The 67th Meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological
      Consultation


      The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation continued its
      reflection on primacies and conciliarity in our churches when it met at St.
      Paul's College in Washington, DC, from October 21 to 23, 2004. The
      meeting, the 67th since the Consultation was founded in 1965, was
      co-chaired by Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of Cincinnati and Metropolitan
      Maximos of Pittsburgh.

      The session began with an update on the Consultation's Agreed Statement,
      "The Filioque: A Church-Dividing Issue?" that was released one year ago.
      A Spanish translation has just been finished and posted on the USCCB and
      SCOBA websites. In addition, the members decided to introduce a
      modification in the middle of the tenth paragraph of the document regarding
      the reference to the work of Hilary of Poitiers. The sentence will now
      read: "Hilary of Poitiers, in the mid-fourth century, in the same work
      speaks of the Spirit as 'coming forth from the Father' and being 'sent by
      the Son' (12:55); as being 'from the Father through the Son' (12:56); and
      as 'having the Father and the Son as his source' (2.29)." This
      modification was accepted as a friendly amendment that does not change the
      meaning of the text but increases the clarity and accuracy of the reference
      to Hilary's position.

      The Consultation heard a number of presentations in view of its study of
      conciliarity and primacies in the Church. Fr. Brian Daley, SJ, offered an
      analysis of the contents of Pope John Paul II's 1995 encyclical "Ut Unum
      Sint". Metropolitan Maximos read his paper examining the theology of John
      Zizioulas, now the Metropolitan of Pergamon, entitled "The Unity of the
      Church: An Orthodox Perspective." Fr. Alexander Golitzin offered his own
      reflections on Zizioulas' ecclesiology, and Fr. Ronald Roberson, CSP,
      presented a brief paper on a Romanian Orthodox theologian entitled,
      "Dumitru Staniloae on Primacy and Conciliarity." Fr. John Long, SJ, gave an
      overview of the recent book by John L. Allen, Jr., "All the Pope's Men: The
      Inside Story of How the Vatican Really Thinks."

      The Consultation also devoted one session to major events in the lives of
      the two churches and recent developments in Orthodox-Catholic relations.
      Topics included the resolution of the dispute between the Church of Greece
      and the Ecumenical Patriarchate; the "Christian Churches Together in the
      USA" initiative; Foundation for Faith and Order; Developments in SCOBA; the
      prospect of a Ukrainian Greek Catholic Patriarchate; the 2004 Clergy-Laity
      Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese; the visit of the Ecumenical
      Patriarch to Rome in June 2004; the establishment of the "St. Irenaeus
      Joint Orthodox-Catholic Working Group at the Johann-Adam Muhler Institute
      in Paderborn, Germany; the return of the Icon of the Mother of God of Kazan
      to Moscow; the death of Patriarch Petros VII of Alexandria and All Africa
      and the election of Patriarch Theodoros II; and the very recent decision of
      the Orthodox Church of Greece to restore the order of deaconesses.

      Archbishop Pilarczyk welcomed a new Catholic member of the Consultation,
      Fr. Joseph Komonchak of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the
      Catholic University of America in Washington. Fr. Komonchak has extensive
      background in 19th and 20th century Roman Catholic ecclesiology which
      should be particularly useful in the next phase of the dialogue.

      The members of the Consultation were grateful for the hospitality of the
      Paulist community at St. Paul's College, and attended a Mass in the
      community chapel on the morning of October 22 presided over by Archbishop
      Pilarczyk.

      The 68th meeting of the Consultation is scheduled to take place on June
      6-8, 2005, at St. Vladimir's Orthodox School of Theology in Crestwood, New
      York.

      The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation is sponsored
      jointly by the Standing Conference of 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 now issued 22 agreed statements on various
      topics. All these texts are now available on the website of the USCCB at:
      http://www.usccb.org/seia/dialogues.htm and on the SCOBA website at:
      http://www.scoba.us/resources/index.asp

      In addition to the two co-chairmen, the Orthodox members of the
      Consultation include Father Thomas FitzGerald (Secretary), Archbishop Peter
      of New York, Father Nicholas Apostola, Prof. Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Father
      James Dutko, Prof. Paul Meyendorff, Father Alexander Golitzin, Father
      Emmanuel Gratsias, Dr. Robert Haddad, Father Paul Schnierla, Father Robert
      Stephanopoulos, and Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, General Secretary of SCOBA
      (staff). The additional Catholic members are Father Brian Daley, SJ
      (secretary), Msgr. Frederick McManus, Prof. Thomas Bird, Father Peter
      Galadza, Msgr. John D. Faris, Father John Galvin, Sister Jean Goulet, CSC,
      Father Sidney Griffith, ST, Father Joseph Komonchak, Father John Long, SJ,
      Father David Petras, and Father Ronald Roberson, CSP (staff).

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