TEN-DAY series of
forma! discussions between leaders of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and a group of Catholic theologians opened in Rome on Monday.
The talks. the outcome of a series of informal discussions over the past two years are "to deal with theological questions of mutual interest" according to a Vatican statement.
The Vatican representatives at the talks include Fr. Jerome Hamer, Belgian-born secretary of the Vatican Secretariat for Christian Unity, and Fr. Roger Aubert of Louvain University.
Similar discussions are in progress 'between groups of Vatican representatives and others representing the World Lutheran Federation, the Anglican Communion and the World Methodist Council.
And from May 23-30 in Naples a joint commission of the Catholic Church and World Council of Churches will undertake what is described as "a preliminary study" of the advantages and disadvantages of the Church joining the WCC.
Fr. John Long, &J., of the Secretariat for Christian Unity, said another matter to be studied at that meeting would be the possibility of co-operation between Catholics and Protestants bearing Christian witness in areas of the world still largely non-Christian.