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Anglican-Roman Catholic Joint Preparatory Commission (ARCJPC)

“The visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury to Pope Paul VI in March 1966, and their decision to constitute an Anglican-Roman Catholic Joint Preparatory Commission, marked a new stage in relations between our two Churches. The three meetings of the Commission, held during 1967 at Gazzada, Huntercombe, and in Malta, were characterized not only by a spirit of charity and frankness, but also by a growing sense of urgency, penitence, thankfulness, and purpose: of urgency, in response to the pressure of God’s will, apprehended as well in the processes of history and the aspirations and achievements of men in his world as in the life, worship, witness, and service of his Church; of penitence, in the conviction of our shared responsibility for cherishing animosities and prejudices which for four hundred years have kept us apart, and prevented our attempting to understand or resolve our differences; of thankfulness for the measure of unity which through baptism into Christ we already share, and for our recent growth towards greater unity and mutual understanding; of purpose, in our determination that the work begun in us by God shall be brought by his grace to fulfilment in the restoration of his peace to his Church and his world.” (The Malta Report, para. 1)

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.


Copyright in minutes, statements and other core papers is owned by the Commission and requests for extensive quotation or use should be directed to the co-Chairs. However, copyright in papers by named authors remains with the author.

Agreed Statements

The Malta Report
ARCJPC ~ 2 Jan. 1968 ~ ARCJPC-15

Communiqués & Press Releases

Minutes & Reports

Study papers

Why is Anglican/Roman Catholic Dialogue Possible Today?
Bp. John Moorman ~ 9 Jan. 1967 ~ ARCJPC-1
Why is Anglican/Roman Catholic Dialogue Possible Today?
Cardinal Johannes Willebrands ~ 9 Jan. 1967 ~ ARCJPC-2
Where should the dialogue begin?
Prof. Eugene Fairweather ~ 9 Jan. 1967 ~ ARCJPC-3
Where should the dialogue begin?
Fr. Michael Richards ~ 9 Jan. 1967 ~ ARCJPC-4
The Papal Supremacy in Relation to the Unity and Unicity of the Church
Fr. Louis Bouyer ~ 30 Aug. 1967 ~ ARCJPC-10
To what extent can or should there be Diversity in a United Church? – Freedom and Authority
Cardinal Johannes Willebrands ~ 30 Aug. 1967 ~ ARCJPC-11
Unity and Comprehensiveness
Bp. John Moorman and Prof. Howard Root ~ 30 Aug. 1967 ~ ARCJPC-12
What is the Word?
Fr. Georges Tavard, AA ~ 30 Aug. 1967 ~ ARCJPC-5
How is the Word received by man?
Canon James Atkinson ~ 30 Aug. 1967 ~ ARCJPC-6
How the Word of God creates and sustains the Church
Prof. Eugene Fairweather ~ 30 Aug. 1967 ~ ARCJPC-7
How does the Church proclaim the Word?
Fr. Michael Richards ~ 30 Aug. 1967 ~ ARCJPC-8
What Should be the Minimum Structure and Essential Life of Local Church?
Bp. Eric Kemp ~ 30 Aug. 1967 ~ ARCJPC-9
Report on approaching the problem of Anglican Orders
Rev. Canon John Findlow and Canon William A. Purdy ~ 30 Dec. 1967 ~ ARCJPC-sf-8
Practical Proposals
Prof. Howard Root and Canon William A. Purdy ~ 30 Dec. 1968 ~ ARCJPC-12.5
Unity: An Approach by Stages?
Abp. Henry McAdoo ~ 30 Dec. 1968 ~ ARCJPC-13
Unity: An Approach by Stages?
Bp. Christopher Butler ~ 30 Dec. 1968 ~ ARCJPC-14

Working correspondence

Miscellaneous documents