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Jun 10, 1998


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For Immediate Release:

June 10, 1998

Press Release

Brookline, Massachusetts - The 54th meeting of the North American Orthodox-Roman Catholic Theological Consultation took place at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts from June 2-4, 1998. The meeting was co-chaired by Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee and Metropolitan Maximos of Ainou, Bishop of Pittsburgh.

The main theme of the Consultation was baptism and its relation to ecclesiology as part of a continuing discussion of mutual recognition of sacraments. Metropolitan Maximos delivered a paper entitled &qout;The Meaning of Christian Baptism for the Baptized and the Church.&qout; A paper by Fr. George Berthold, &qout;Baptism in the West,&qout; was also heard. Prof. John Erickson presented a study entitled: &qout;Baptism and the Church's Faith.&qout; And Fr. John Long, SJ presented an overview of the theology of baptism found in the documents of the international and North American Orthodox-Roman Catholic dialogues as well as other ecumenical documents.

This meeting brought to a conclusion the intensive study the Consultation has made on the relationship of baptism and ecclesiology. On the basis of these discussions there was general agreement that it would be possible to work toward a joint statement on this topic. It was decided that a draft text would be prepared for the next meeting to be held October 29-31, 1998 at St. Paul's College, Washington, D.C. The Consultation will also discuss the Aleppo Document, a recent proposal on a common date for Easter.

This meeting was the first at which the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops was officially represented. The Consultation also welcomed a new member from Canada: Fr. Peter Galadza of the Sheptytsky Institute, St. Paul Univeristy, Ottawa.

The North American Orthodox-Roman Catholic Theological Consultation has met regularly since 1965 and was the first officially established dialogue between the two Churches anywhere in the world. The Consultation is sponsored by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) and the Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

In addition to the two co-chairs, the members of the Consultation are, from the Roman Catholic Church: Rev. Brian E. Daley, SJ, Rev. Msgr. Frederick McManus, Rev. George C. Berthold, Prof. Thomas E. Bird, Rev. Peter Galadza, Rev. John P. Galvin, Sister Donna Geernaert, SC, Rev. Sidney H. Griffith, ST, Rev. John F. Long, SJ, Rev. David M. Petras, Prof. Robin Darling Young, Rev. Ronald G. Roberson, CSP (staff); from the Orthodox Church: Rev. Thomas E. FitzGerald, Archbishop Peter, Rev. Nicholas Apostola, Prof. Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Rev. Alkiviadis Calivas, Rev. James Dutko, Prof. John H. Erickson, Rev. Alexander Golitzin, Rev. Emmanuel Gratsias, Dr. Robert Haddad, Rev. Stylianos Harakas, Prof. Lewis Patsavos, Rev. Paul W. S. Schneirla, Rev. Robert Stephanopoulos, Rev. George D. Dragas (staff).


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