Bishop hails success of talks with Methodists
Bishop Michael Putney of Brisbane, who represented the Catholic Church at the concluding session of the Joint Committee between the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church, has described the event as a 'marvellous meeting' which achieved a great deal.
The Catholic Leader reports that the meeting, which was held in Georgia in the USA late last month, was the culmination of a five-year dialogue on authority in the Church. It ended with a report, 'Speaking the Truth in Love', which will go to the World Methodist Council, meeting in England next year, and the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Bishop Putney was co-chairman of the International Commission - for the Catholic Church. He said the dialogue could reconvene in 2002 if both Churches expressed a wish for it to continue.
Bishop Putney travelled to Rome last month to participate in a final review of the report before it is presented to the Holy Father.