In 2008 ARC-USA was asked by the Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, to address questions of ethics and the Christian life in the context of ecclesiology, in an effort to achieve greater clarity regarding areas of agreement and disagreement. We were aware that our bilateral dialogue took place in a wider context of discussion of these questions, between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church on the international level, as well as other bilateral dialogues between churches.
To further our discussion, ARC-USA began by reviewing together the 1993 ARCIC
document Life in Christ: Morals, Communion and the Church and the ARC-USA response of 1995, as well as the 1993 papal encyclical Veritatis splendor. In our meetings members of our dialogue offered papers on moral teachings in our two traditions. Poverty and immigration were chosen as particular issues, along with contraception, medical care at the end of life, and the blessing of same-sex unions. Through these papers and ensuing discussion we sought to understand more fully how our two churches pursue the work of teaching and learning within the Christian moral life.
Status of agreed statements:
Agreed statements have been agreed by the dialogue members and submitted to the sponsoring churches for study. These texts express the careful considerations of the members of the dialogue but are not official statements of either of the churches.