Page 2, 9th February 1979

9th February 1979
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Page 2, 9th February 1979 — progress from ARCIC

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progress from ARCIC

The Anglican / Roman Catholic International CommisSion has completed two clarifications on the agreed statements on the Eucharist and the ministry.

Details of the clarifications have not been released but are believed in the case of the Eucharist to have mainly concerned what is meant by speaking of the bread and wine "becoming" the Body and Blood

On ministry, the Commission took up the problem of the nature of the priesthood and the development of the ordained ministry. They were considered in relation to contemporary issues such as the Catholic objections to Anglican Orders arid the ordination of women.

Work is continuing on the problems of authority related to the Papacy. The Commission is expected to say something about the theological pre-suppositions and framework of its three Agreed Statements.

The Church of England's General Synod, which begins its next session on February 20, will be asked to endorse the three Agreed Statements as "sufficiently congruent with Anglican teaching to provide a theological basis for further dialogue."

The motion, put forward by a sub-group of the Board for Mission and Unity, also draws attention to the fact that "doctrinal agreements reached by theological commissions cannot by themselves achieve the goal of Christian Unity".

It asks the Synod to consider what action might bring about that unity.

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