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Churches hope for joint declaration

Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane has left for Malta to co-chair a meeting of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) with hopes for progress on a draft joint declaration.

The meeting, which commences on Tuesday, is expected to focus on the drafting of the declaration and practical ways in which the two Churches can work together.

Archbishop Bathersby told The Catholic Leader that he expected a draft declaration to contain a significant list of what the two Churches held in common.

He said the drafting of such a document would provide a real sign of hope for the relationship between the two Churches.

"I believe it would have significant symbolic value, and (Australian) Cardinal Edward Cassidy, the former president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, felt it could have a major impact on our two Churches."

Archbishop Bathersby said there were a number of ways in which the Churches could work together, some practical, others less so.

Catholic Leader

Report on 'International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission' (IARCCUM) - original source L'Osservatore Romano 24/2/02
Statement of Anglican Primates on IARCCUM (April 2002)

15 Nov 2002