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Catholic, Anglican representatives meet for ecumenical theological exchange

National Catholic News

January 26, 2023

Members, consultants and staff of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs met recently with members of the Anglican Church in North America’s Committee on Ecumenical Affairs in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting marked the second theological exchange between the committees. Mutual affirmation by both organizations was expressed towards future meetings to explore ways to draw closer together and expand the kingdom of God.

Following a time of fellowship and prayer, papers were presented for discussion on the Roman Catholic and Anglican understanding of the episcopacy. Links to the papers are listed below.

Presenting for the ACNA was Father Greg Peters, who teaches at Biola University where he is a professor of medieval and spiritual theology in the Torrey Honors College. Father Peters is also a visiting scholar at the Von Hügel Institute, St Edmund’s College in the University of Cambridge.

Presenting for the USCCB was Father James Puglisi, SA who teaches at the Pontifical Athenaeum, San Anselmo, Rome, the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Institute of Ecumenical Studies, Venice and directs the Centro Pro Unione in Rome.

Participants at the October 2022 meeting representing the ACNA included the Rt. Rev. Eric Menees, the Rt. Rev. Clark Lowenfield, the Rev. Greg Peters, and the Rev. Hans Boersma. Participants at the meeting representing the USCCB included the Most Rev. David P. Talley, the Most Rev. Alfred Schlert, the Most Rev. John-Michael Botean, the Most Rev. Richard Sklba, Father Donald Rooney, Father Walter F. Kedjierski, Father James Puglisi, SA, Anthony Cirelli, and Rebecca Cohen.

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