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  • NSIEAB 12:27 PM on 05/08/2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Communiqué from the meeting of ARCIC III in Rio de Janeiro 

    The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, the official body appointed by the two Communions to engage in theological dialogue, has held the third meeting of its new phase (ARCIC III), at the Mosteiro de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (29 April – 7 May 2013). This is the first time in its forty year history that ARCIC has met in Latin America, and, indeed, in the southern hemisphere.

    Members of the Commission are grateful to Dom Filipe da Silva OSB, the Abbot, to his community for their gracious hospitality, and to the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro. The Commission participated in daily Vespers and in the Sunday Eucharist at the monastery church, and were held in prayer throughout by the monastic community.

    A wide range of papers was prepared for the meeting and discussed, taking the Commission further towards its goal of producing an agreed statement. The mandate for this third phase of ARCIC is to explore:  the Church as Communion, local and universal, and how in communion the local and universal Church come to discern right ethical teaching. In exploring this mandate, the members of the Commission engaged in theological analysis and shared reflection on the nature of the Church and those structures which contribute to discernment and decision-making. A day was spent considering some case studies of ethical issues which members had prepared, and analysing the ways in which the two Communions have come to their present teaching on these matters.

    Over the forty years of its work, ARCIC has produced a number of Agreed Statements. The work of ARCIC I received official responses from the two Communions. The Commission continued its task of preparing the documents of ARCIC II for presentation to the respective Communions to assist with their reception. Members reviewed responses already given to each of the five agreed statements and will prepare introductions for them that place each of these documents within the current ecumenical situation.

    The Commission welcomed at a meal leaders of the local Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, including Anglican Bishop Filadelfo Oliveira and Roman Catholic Bishop Francisco Biasin, and members of the local Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Brazil. ARCIC is keen to deepen its relationship with such local and regional ARCs and rejoices both Communions are exploring concrete ways of sharing documents and discussion about ARCIC’s work.

    Members of the Commission spent most of a day in the City of God, one of the many favelas (neighbourhoods housing large numbers of the poor and displaced) that surround Rio de Janeiro. They were warmly welcomed by the Roman Catholic parish and their priest Fr Marcio José. Fr Nicholas Wheeler, the Anglican parish priest, arranged for the Commission to visit three projects in the community (a day centre for seniors, a community development centre, and a mural project which amongst other things that portrays the community’s history), and to learn from the local police how officers engage positively with the neighbourhood. The evening concluded with ecumenical vespers in the Anglican Church. As one member of the Commission wrote in reflection, ‘In offering thanks, one of our bishops said he was trying to think of a word to sum up our visit, and could only think of ‘hope’. Hope sprang from real ecumenical activity (unashamedly from a Christian base but working to support any community good), and the sheer hard work and organising by local people.’

    The Commission will prepare further papers, expand the case studies, and continue its work in preparation for its next meeting 12-20 May 2014.


    MEMBERS OF ARCIC III present at the meeting


    The Most Revd Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, England

    The Rt Revd Christopher Hill, Bishop of Guildford, Acting Co-Chair

    Roman Catholics

    The Revd Robert Christian OP, Angelicum University, Rome

    The Revd Adelbert Denaux, Dean, Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Utrecht,

    The Netherlands

    The Most Revd Arthur Kennedy, auxiliary bishop, Archdiocese of Boston,

    Massachusetts, USA

    Professor Paul D. Murray, Durham University, England

    Revd Sister Teresa Okure SHCJ, Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

    Professor Janet E. Smith, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan, USA

    The Revd Professor Vimal Tirimanna CSsR, Alphonsianum University, Rome

    The Very Revd Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB, Ampleforth Abbey, England


    Canon Dr Paula Gooder, Birmingham, England / The Church of England

    The Rt Revd Christopher Hill, Bishop of Guildford, England / The Church of England

    The Rt Revd Nkosinathi Ndwandwe, Bishop Suffragan of Natal, Southern Area, Southern Africa

    The Rt Revd Linda Nicholls, Area Bishop for Trent-Durham, Diocese of Toronto, Canada

    The Revd Canon Michael Nai-Chiu Poon, Trinity Theological College, Singapore / Province of South East Asia

    The Revd Peter Sedgwick, St Michael’s College, Llandaff, Wales / Church in Wales

    The Revd Dr Charles Sherlock, Anglican Diocese of Bendigo, Australia

    The Revd Canon Jonathan Goodall, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative


    The Revd Odair Pedroso Mateus, Faith and Order Secretariat, World Council of Churches

    The work of the Commission is supported by the Co-Secretaries, Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan (Anglican Communion Office), Monsignor Mark Langham (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) and Mr Neil Vigers (Administrative Assistant, Anglican Communion Office).

  • NSIEAB 11:44 AM on 05/02/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Withdrawal of Mission to Seafarers Honorary Chaplaincy at Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil 

    Dear Fr Leandro Campos,

    I understand that the Primate Bishop of Brazil Dom Mauricio Araujo de Andrade wrote to you on the 16th April 2013 withdrawing your licence to officiate as Priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Brazil.

    As the Episcopal Diocese of Brazil is part of the Anglican Communion and The Mission to Seafarers is the Maritime Mission arm of that  Communion,  and as you have withdrawn yourself  from that  Communion  and as you  can no longer function as a Priest within the Diocese of Brazil,  it is with great regret that I must inform you that  you  are no longer to act as The Mission to Seafarers  Honorary Chaplain.

    You are not to act in any way as a representative of The Mission to Seafarers.

    Be assured that I will be praying  that the situation can be resolved in peace and harmony for the good of the whole Church.

    Revd Canon Huw Mosford

    Director of Chaplaincy

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