Brisbane archbishop to jointly chair new ecumenical body
Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane, Archbishop John Bathersby, will jointly Chair the newly established Anglican-Roman Catholic Working Group with Anglican Bishop of Highveld, South Africa, Bishop David Beetge.
The Working Group has been set-up as a direct result of a special international meeting of Anglican and Roman Catholic Bishops held in Mississauga, Canada, in May 2000.
"I am certainly honoured by the appointment but I must admit I am also very conscious of the challenges this Working Group will be facing," said Archbishop Bathersby.
"Ecumenism is an issue which is very close to my heart," said Archbishop Bathersby. "What gives me great hope about this new group was the marvellous spirit evident at the meeting of Anglican and Catholic Bishops held in Mississauga last year, a spirit which makes me optimistic about what this working group may achieve in the future."
Last year's meeting, chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, and Cardinal Edward Cassidy, President of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, spent a week in prayer, worship and discussion, and surveying relationships in different parts of the world.
"Through last year's meeting we realised how much Catholics and Anglicans actually shared in common and this is an excellent foundation to build on," said Archbishop Bathersby.