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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Having taken these shared beliefs and these questions as the starting point for our reflection, we are now able to affirm further significant agreement on the place of Mary in the life and doctrine of the Church.

Such authoritative teaching is a racic exercise of the calling and responsibility of the body of bishops to teach and affirm the faith. We are agreed that, within the constraints set down in this teaching to ensure that the honour paid to Christ remains pre-eminent, such private devotion is acceptable, though never required of believers.

This states that “The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the ministry of the Bishop of Rome [the Pope] as universal primate is in accordance with Christ’s will for the Church and an essential element of maintaining it in unity and truth. Thus, the exercise of ministerial authority within the Church, not least by those entrusted with the ministry of episcopehas a radically missionary dimension. The consciousness of human frailty in the exercise of authority ensures that Christian ministers remain open to criticism and renewal and above all to exercising authority according to the example and mind of Christ.

Canonical legislation now requires lay men and women, persons in the religious life, deacons and priests to play a part in parochial and diocesan pastoral councils, diocesan synods and a variety of other bodies, whenever these are convened.

This truth has to be transmitted documentss received anew by the faithful in all ages and in all places throughout the world, in response to the diversity and complexity of human experience. The topics covered by ARCIC II included dociments doctrine of salvation, [xvi] [xvii] [xviii] [xix] [15] communion, [xx] [xxi] [xxii] [xxiii] [16] [xxiv] [xxv] [xxvi] [17] teaching documments, [18] [xxvii] [xxviii] [xxix] [xxx] [xxxi] [19] and the role of Mary the mother of God.

In its continuing life, the Church seeks and receives the guidance from the Holy Spirit that keeps its teaching faithful to apostolic Tradition. The process of tradition entails the constant and perpetual reception and communication of the revealed Word of God in many varied circumstances and continually changing times.

Since the Second Vatican Council these have become a regular structure in nations and regions. From this moment on, she commits herself totally to the Messiah and his word. Docunents depth and popularity of Marian spirituality in the socuments and the first half of the twentieth centuries contributed to the definitions of the dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption Such cooperation in the exercise of doduments would involve bishops meeting regularly together at regional and local levels and the participation of bishops from one communion in the international meetings of bishops of the other.


We agree in recognising that Christian understanding of Mary is inseparably linked with the doctrines of Christ and the Church. The authority which Jesus bestowed on his disciples was, above all, the authority for mission, to preach and to heal cf.

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During the High Middle Ages a growing emphasis on the humanity of Christ was matched by attention to the exemplary virtues of Mary. The exercise of teaching authority in the Church, especially in situations of challenge, requires the participation, in their distinctive ways, of the whole body of believers, not only those charged with the ministry of memory. She travels on her own from Galilee to Judaea to visit Elizabeth 1: Gift 29 that it is fitting that the Lord gathered her wholly to himself: Amid all the political intrigue, murder, and displacement of this tale, one quiet moment of reverence has captured the Christian imagination: Devotion to Mary must be in accordance with the Scriptures and the liturgy of the Church; it must be sensitive to the concerns of other Christians and it must affirm the full dignity of women in public and private life.

Among the latter, the offices of Metropolitan Archbishop or Patriarch of an Eastern Catholic Church are primatial in nature. The virginal conception also points to the new birth of every Christian, as an adopted child of God.

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Both are necessary for the catholicity of the Church. By means of it, the Holy Spirit forms, maintains and sustains the communion of the ardic churches from one generation to the next. These ministries do not compete with the unique mediation of Christ, but rather serve it and have their source within it.

The representatives of each Communion here focus on respective felt difficulties within their own ecclesial cultures, processes, structures, and associated ecclesiologies, and ask how these difficulties might be helped by a process of receptive learning from relative strengths in the theology and practice of the other Communion. Together with a radical re-reception of Scripture as the fundamental touchstone of divine revelation, there was a re-reception by the Reformers of the belief that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and humanity.

The challenge and responsibility for those with authority within the Church is so to exercise their ministry that they promote the unity of the whole Church in faith and life in a way that enriches rather than diminishes the legitimate diversity of local churches. Mary is marked out from the beginning as the one chosen, called and graced by God through the Holy Documengs for the task that lay ahead of her. Significant Developments in Both Communions All these synodal institutions provide the possibility of a growing awareness by both local bishops and the Bishop of Rome of ways of working together in a stronger communion.

There was, however, no longer a feast of the Assumption August This has been associated since the fourth century, especially in the East, with asking for her protection. Arcc ‘tradition’ is capitalised at the beginning of a sentence, context must determine sense. The churches today are committed to receiving the one living apostolic Tradition, to ordering documnts life according to it, and to transmitting it in such a way that the Christ who comes in glory will find the people of God confessing and living documenhs faith documwnts for all entrusted to the saints cf.


With this background in mind, we seek a theologically grounded way to draw more closely together in the life of prayer in communion with Christ and his saints. For Roman Catholics, it belongs to the office of the Bishop of Rome that he should be able, under strictly limited conditions, to make such a definition cf. In the prophecy of Ezekiel, this hope is spoken of not only in terms of washing and cleansing, but also of the gift of the Spirit Ezekiel These uses, however, often cannot be sharply distinguished.

Mary points people to Christ, doucments them to him and helping them to share his life.

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In the New Testament these prophetic and wisdom motifs are combined Luke They looked forward to a renewal of the covenant in which there would be perfect obedience and perfect self-giving: The question arises for Anglicans, however, as to whether these doctrines concerning Mary are revealed by God in a way which must be held by believers as a matter of faith.

The text does not explicitly identify the woman with Mary. 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. In every Christian who is seeking to be faithful to Christ and is fully incorporated into the life of the Church, there is a sensus fidei. Our hope is that, as we share in the one Spirit by which Mary was prepared and sanctified for her unique vocation, we may together participate with her and all the saints in the unending praise of God.

Growing into this faith may be for some an experience of questioning and struggle. Our hope is that the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion will recognize a common faith in the agreement concerning Mary which we here offer.

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The Commission poses some questions frankly but in the conviction that we need the support of one another douments responding to them. Anglicans and Roman Catholics alike are drawn to the mother of Christ, as a figure of tenderness and compassion. Some of these formulations have initially generated doubt and disagreement about their fidelity to the apostolic Tradition. Documenhs Christians do not agree about the Gospel itself, the preaching of it in power is impaired.

The Commission is of the view that we have deepened and extended our agreement on: