ARCIC Mary Document – Full Text. In the continuing journey toward full communion, the Roman Catholic Church and the Churches of the Anglican Communion. wwThe Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) is an organization . Although ARCIC had just completed the major document on Marian theology in , Pope John Paul II suspended official talks between the Roman. Following seven years of work, the first ‘Agreed Statement’ (a page document) to emerge from ARCIC III, Walking Together on the Way.

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It is to the Risen Lord that all authority is given in heaven and on earth cf. At other times, some element of the apostolic Tradition may be forgotten, neglected or abused.

The exercise of authority in the ministry of Jesus shows a different way. For some time now, there has been a need to move beyond the mere clarification of historic misunderstandings and the identification of ready commonalities by focussing also both on the reality of long-term differences between separated traditions and on the difficulties which are experienced within such traditions.

Roman Catholics have given prominence to the ongoing ministry of Mary in the economy of grace and the communion of saints. The formation of the canon of the Scriptures was an integral part of the process of tradition. Our two traditions share many of the same feasts associated with Mary.

Serious consideration could also be given to the association of Anglican bishops with Roman Catholic bishops in their ad limina visits to Rome.

We agree in recognising that Christian understanding of Mary is inseparably linked with the doctrines of Christ and the Church. The faith of the community precedes the faith of the individual.

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Such exaggerated devotions, in part inspired by presentations of Christ as inaccessible Judge as well as Redeemer, were sharply criticized by Erasmus and Thomas More and decisively rejected by the Reformers. We believe that in the dynamic and fluid situation in which they are posed, seeking to answer them must go together with developing further steps towards a shared exercise of authority. When they are not one in faith they cannot be one in life, and so cannot demonstrate fully that they are faithful to the will of God, which is the reconciliation through Christ of all things to the Father cf.


When Paul had to defend the authority of his teaching he did so by pointing to the trustworthy authority of God: In some situations, there will be an urgent need to test new formulations of faith. Even when they disobeyed, God did not abandon human beings to sin and the power of death. Believers follow Christ in communion with other Christians in their local church cf.

Whilst both traditions have recognized her special place in the communion of saints, different emphases have marked the way we have experienced her ministry. They are sustained by the means of grace which God provides for his people: It is not an authoritative declaration by the Roman Catholic Church or by the Anglican Communion, who will study and evaluate the document in due course.

Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ

The text does not explicitly identify the woman with Mary. Implicit here perhaps is a Mary-Eve typology: Each believer, by the grace of the Spirit, together with all believers of all times and all places, inherits this faith of the Church in the communion of saints. They referred to substantial common ground while acknowledging the existence arcid significant obstacles, but said they trusted in the power of dockments Holy Spirit to draw the two communions closer.

Further, August 15th has come to be widely celebrated as a principal feast in honour of Mary with Scripture readings, collect and proper preface. Documsnts the apostles received and proclaimed is now found in the Tradition of the Church where the Word of God is preached and the sacraments of Christ celebrated in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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The third phase started from 17—27 May at the ecumenical Bose Monastic Community in northern Italy. It is in this sense that we affirm that asking the saints to pray for us is not to be excluded as unscriptural, though it is not directly taught by the Scriptures to be a required element of life in Christ. Belief in the virginal conception is an early Christian tradition adopted and developed agcic by Matthew and Luke.

So the relation between the faith of the individual and the faith of the Church is more complex than may sometimes appear. It expresses their vocation as people of the Way cf.

They, like their predecessors, follow Jesus on the way cf. Written at Venice, Italy. The Church receives, and must hand on, all those elements that are constitutive of ecclesial communion: Theological developments in the Western doctrine of grace and sin raised other questions: Her initial role as the mother of Jesus has radically changed. It is in conformity with the mind and example of Christ that the Church is called to exercise authority cf.


The Risen Christ empowered them to spread the Gospel to the whole world cf. Such a re-reception would mean the Marian teaching and devotion within our respective communities, including differences of emphasis, would be seen to be authentic expressions of Christian belief.

In a sense, this question is at the heart of our sad divisions. In addition to the document itself, there is also an excellent Official Commentary on the document available on the website of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, written by the highly-regarded Australian theologian, Orm Rush – see here. In the seventeenth century writers such as Lancelot Andrewes, Jeremy Taylor and Thomas Ken re-appropriated from patristic tradition a fuller appreciation of the place of Mary in the prayers of the believer and of the Church.

However, something of the significance of her role in salvation history may be discerned by placing her in the context of the considered theological truths that the evangelist articulates in unfolding the good news of the Incarnation. When Christian communities are in real but imperfect communion they are called to recognise in each other elements of the apostolic Tradition which they may have rejected, forgotten or not yet fully understood.

Making Visible our Existing Communion In the early Church, the preaching of the Word of God in the power of the Spirit was seen as the defining characteristic of apostolic authority cf. We must except the holy Virgin Mary, concerning whom I wish to raise no question when it touches the subject of sins, out of honour to the Lord; for from him we know what abundance of grace for overcoming sin in every particular was conferred on her who had the merit to conceive and bear him who undoubtedly had no sin.

The freedom to respond in fresh ways in the face of new challenges is what enables the Church to be faithful to the Tradition which it carries forward.