Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

21st Meeting of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops

Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

21st Meeting of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops

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The Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops held its 21st meeting, October 5-7, 2004, at the Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolia Center in South Bound Brook, New Jersey. It was chaired jointly by Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb of Mobile and Bishop Seraphim of Ottawa and All Canada of the Orthodox Church in America. The Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops was established in 1981, and is sponsored jointly by the Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (B.C.E.I.A.) of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA).

During this meeting the bishops discussed the recent work of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation. Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos reported that SCOBA had decided at its meeting in September to receive the Consultation's 1999 agreed statement, "Baptism and 'Sacramental Economy,'" and to forward it to the heads of the autocephalous Orthodox Churches for their information and consideration. The agreed statement includes a recommendation that the Patriarchate of Constantinople formally withdraw its 1755 decree requiring the rebaptism of Roman Catholics who are received into the Orthodox Church.

The members of the Joint Committee also studied the statement, "The Filioque: A Church-Dividing Issue?" that was released on October 25, 2003. The Catholic members of the Joint Committee subsequently voted unanimously to send the filioque document to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops via the B.C.E.I.A. with the request that the recommendations be pursued expeditiously in the appropriate fashion. The agreed statement recommends that the Catholic Church, following a growing theological consensus, and in particular the statements made by Pope Paul VI, declare that the condemnation made at the Second Council of Lyons (1274) of those "who presume to deny that the Holy Spirit proceeds eternally from the Father and the Son" is no longer applicable. …

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