Catholic-Orthodox Panel Analyzes 3 Topics/Meeting Ends in Armenia
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Catholic-Orthodox Panel Analyzes 3 Topics
Theological-Dialogue Meeting Ends in Armenia
VATICAN CITY, JAN. 31, 2006 (Zenit.org).- At its third meeting an
international commission for theological dialogue between the
Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches studied three key topics
linked to the idea of ecclesial communion.
The meeting, of the Mixed International Commission for Theological
Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox
Churches, ended on Monday in Etchmiadzin, Armenia. The panel aims to
help overcome a 1,500-year schism.
Invited by His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, the
meeting was attended by two delegations headed, respectively, by
Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for
Promoting Christian Unity, and Metropolitan Amba Bishoy of the
Orthodox Coptic Church.
A Holy See communiqué said that participants in the meeting
analyzed "three topics of study and dialogue related to the central
subject of the Church as communion."
The three topics were: "bishops in the apostolic succession, the
relationship between primacy and synods/collegiality, and the
functioning and ecclesiological importance of synods at the local
and ecumenical level."
Two expositions were presented on each of these topics, one
Catholic, the other Orthodox.
The Ancient Churches of the East (also called Orthodox) separated
both from Rome as well as from the Byzantine Orthodox Churches at
the Council of Chalcedon in 451.
Remaining outside the influence of the Roman Empire, they developed
their own traditions in theological and ecclesiastical aspects.
In the meeting, the Catholic and Orthodox delegations had 14 members
each. Established in 2003, the commission met in Cairo, Egypt, in
2004, and in Rome last year.
Eastern Orthodox perspectives on church unity is subject of
Lenoir-Rhyne College will sponsor a conference March 14-15 to
discuss Eastern Orthodox perspectives on The Unity of the Church.
The conference, entitled "Listen to the East," will be a
continuation of the "Aquinas and Luther on The Unity of the Church"
conference held last fall, which addressed the matter of Christian
unity, with special attention paid to the 1995 encyclical from Pope
John Paul II, "Ut Unum Sint," which translates as "That they may all
be one" from John 17:21.
It was decided that, in order to fully discuss Christian unity,
input was needed from the Eastern Orthodox community.
Therefore, "part two" of the Aquinas/Luther Conference was planned.
Speakers for the conference include the Rev. Patrick Henry Reardon,
a priest of the Orthodox Church, Antiochian jurisdiction; Dr.
William Tighe, a professional historian and layman from an Eastern
Rite Catholic Church; and Pastor Harvey L. Huntley Jr., a Lutheran
pastor who is well acquainted with the Byzantine tradition.
Registration for the conference begins at 6:45 p.m. March 14 at St.
Andrew's Lutheran Church, with Vespers and the keynote address at
7:30 p.m. The schedule for March 15 begins with introductions at 9
a.m. in the Belk Centrum of Lenoir-Rhyne College, and the first
lecture at 9:30 a.m. The conference will close at 3:30 p.m.
There is no registration fee for the conference, but donations are
welcome. The conference is sponsored by The Lenoir-Rhyne College
Center for Theology, the Office of the College Pastor and the
Lineberger Center for Cultural and Educational Renewal. To register,
contact the Center for Theology at (828) 328-7376 or email to