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Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on the Theology of Marriage (ARCCM)
Members: Henry Cooper (Secretary 1971-1975) • P.F. CreminRalph Dean (until 1974) • G.R. DunstanLangton FoxDonald Hallock (until 1974) • L. Mason Knox (1974-1975) • Barnabas Lindars (Consultant, Member 1974-1975) • Helen Oppenheimer (Consultant) • William Purdy (Secretary) • John Satterthwaite (Secretary until 1971) • Michael Sharratt (Consultant) • George Simms (Co-Chair) • Francis SpenceErnest Unterkoefler (Co-Chair) • Henry Wansbrough (Consultant)

The Commission was established jointly in 1967, on the one part by the Roman Catholic Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity with the approval of His Holiness Pope Paul VI and on the other part by the Most Reverend and Right Honorable A.M. Ramsey Lord Archbishop of Canterbury on behalf of the Anglican Communion.

The problems arising from mixed marriages had been recognized as one of the chief of those “practical questions” referred to in the Joint Declaration made by the Pope and the Archbishop in Rome in March 1966; and when the Anglican/Roman Catholic Joint Preparatory Commission met at Gazzada in January 1967, one of its first acts was to recommend the setting up of a special commission to consider the Theology of Marriage with special reference to Mixed Marriages. The recommendation was immediately accepted on both sides.

The Commission has met six times: at St. George’s House, Windsor Castle, from 16 to 18 April, 1968; at Pineta Sacchetti, Rome, from 27 to 30 November, 1968; in London, from 22 to 25 November, 1971; at Haywards Heath, at the Priory of Our Lady of Good Counsel, from 9 to 12 April, 1973; at the Divinity Hostel, Dublin, from 1 to 5 April, 1974; and at Casa Cardinale Piazza, Venice, from 23 to 27 June, 1975, when this final report was given unanimous approval.

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.


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