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Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation Held Its 69th Meeting

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.11.01 SCOBA: The Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas 8 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021 Press Release November 1,
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 4, 2005
      2005.11.01 SCOBA:

      The Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the
      8 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021

      Press Release November 1, 2005


      The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation held its 69th
      meeting from October 20 to 22, 2005, in Washington, DC. It took place on
      the campus of Georgetown University, and was co-chaired by Archbishop
      Daniel Pilarczyk of Cincinnati and Bishop Savas of Troas, the Chancellor of
      the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Bishop Savas substituted for Metropolitan
      Maximos of Pittsburgh who is still recovering from a recent fall.

      The session began with a public lecture by Brian Daley, SJ, the Catholic
      co-secretary of the consultation, in Dahlgren Chapel on Thursday afternoon.
      Entitled "Forty Years of Orthodox-Catholic Relations," Fr Daley outlined
      the history and significance of the consultation's achievements in recent
      decades. The lecture was given in memory of Fr John Long, SJ, a member of
      the consultation since 1980, who died in September. The President of
      Georgetown University, Dr. John J. DeGioia, introduced Fr. Daley before he
      spoke and afterwards hosted the Consultation and guests for a dinner in
      Riggs Library. In his remarks before dinner, Dr. DeGioia congratulated the
      Consultation on its 40th anniversary, noted several important decisions it
      has made in that time, and cited Cardinal Cassidy's compliment in 2000 that
      the work of this Consultation is a "vital assistance in taking the work of
      the International Dialogue ahead."

      The Consultation continued its reflection on primacies and conciliarity in
      the Church, beginning at the first theological session with an examination
      of two texts. The first was the 1991 Agreed Statement of the
      Orthodox-Catholic dialogue in France entitled, "The Roman Primacy Within
      the Communion of Churches," and the second was an article by Jean-Marie
      Tillard, "The Mission of the Bishop of Rome: What is Essential, What is
      Expected?" In the second theological session, the consultation heard a
      paper by Rev Thomas FitzGerald, "The Orthodox-Oriental Orthodox Theological
      Dialogue," and one by Rev Ronald Roberson, "The Contemporary Relationship
      of the Catholic Church with the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Assyrian
      Church of the East." At the third theological session, held on Saturday
      morning, Rev Nicholas Apostola presented a paper entitled "Primacy in a
      Pluralistic Context."

      The Consultation also had its usual Information Session on Friday evening.
      Items presented included the presence of a delegation from the Ecumenical
      Patriarchate in Rome in June, the announcement of readiness of the Orthodox
      Church to resume the International Dialogue, and the September meeting of
      Orthodox participants in the dialogue at the Ecumenical Patriarchate;
      developments in relations between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian
      Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, including the agreed statement of the
      two churches entitled "Relations with the Heterodox"; the transfer of the
      headquarters of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from Lviv to Kiev; the
      withdrawal of the Antiochian Archdiocese from the National Council of
      Churches; the election of Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem;
      developments in SCOBA; the possible visit of Pope Benedict XVI to
      Constantinople; and the inclusion of two Greek Catholics in the "Synaxis of
      the Carpathian Saints" issued by Metropolitan Nicholas of the American
      Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA.

      The members of the Consultation attended a Catholic Mass in Dahlgren Chapel
      at noon on October 21, presided over by Archbishop Pilarczyk. After the
      Mass, the Orthodox members of the Consultation celebrated a memorial
      service in memory of the late John Long, SJ.

      Four new members of the Consultation were welcomed at this meeting. The
      two new Orthodox members are Dr. John Barnet, Associate Professor of New
      Testament at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary in Crestwood, New York; and
      Rev Dr Theodore Pulcini, Associate Professor of Religion at Dickinson
      College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The two new Catholic members are Sr
      Susan K. Wood, SCL, Professor in the Department of Theology at Marquette
      University; and Mr Vito Nicastro, Associate Director of the Office for
      Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Archdiocese of Boston.

      In addition to the two co-chairmen, the other Orthodox members of the
      Consultation include Father Thomas FitzGerald (Secretary), Father Nicholas
      Apostola, Prof. Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Father James Dutko, Prof. Paul
      Meyendorff, Father Alexander Golitzin, 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), Prof. Thomas Bird, Father Peter
      Galadza, Msgr. John D. Faris, Father John Galvin, Father Sidney Griffith,
      ST, Father Joseph Komonchak, Father David Petras, and Father Ronald
      Roberson, CSP (staff).

      The 70th meeting of the Consultation is due to take place from June 5 to 7,
      2006, in Boston.

      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:

      Contact: SCOBA General Secretariat
      8 East 79th Street
      New York, NY 10021
      Tel: 212-570-3593 Fax: 212-774-0202
      E-mail: scoba@...
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