Catholic-Anglican Statement on Virgin Mary set for release

A delegation of Anglicans and Roman Catholics is convening in Seattle, Washington, to release a joint statement on the place of Mary in the doctrine and life of the Church.

Zenit reports that the document, entitled Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ, is the result of the work of the Anglo-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), represents the first major agreed-on statement by a formal international dialogue between the two world communions on this aspect of Christian faith and devotion.

The document will be released on 16 May. The news, announced by the Anglican Communion, was confirmed by Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Bishop Farrell said of the document: "We have much hope, as it allows us to discover all the things we have in common on Mary, including with the Anglican reformers of the 16th and 17th centuries, who were regarded as 'anti-Marian,' but in fact, were not."

"Moreover, the document addresses the problems of Catholic dogma," he told ZENIT. "We believe the document will be interesting not only for the Catholic-Anglican dialogue but also for dialogue with all the communities that arose from the Reformation."

The writing of the document concluded in February in Seattle. It draws together the fruits of five years of work by the ARCIC, a dialogue officially sponsored by the Anglican Consultative Council and by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

As the work of ARCIC, the text is not an authoritative declaration by the Catholic Church or the Anglican Communion. With its publication, the statement will be offered for study and evaluation by Catholics and Anglicans. The book has been published by Continuum/Morehouse Publishing USA/UK.

The May 16 event will be hosted by Seattle Archbishop Alexander Brunett, Catholic co-chair of ARCIC. He will be joined by his Anglican co-chair, Archbishop Peter Carnley, primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, for the statement release.

Catholic-Anglican Statement on Virgin Mary Is Near (Zenit 2/5/05 - temporary url)

ARCIC (Centro Pro Unione)
Anglican Communion

Ecumenical Commission resolves to get around entrenched positions on Mary (CathNews 5/2/04)

ARCIC launches statement on the Blessed Virgin Mary (Anglican Communion News Service 29/4/05)
ARCIC to launch statement on Blessed Virgin Mary (Independent Catholic News 2/5/05)
Anglicans talk of unity with Rome (The Australian/The Times 12/4/05)

4 May 2005