The United States: a Catholic-Anglican declaration on the Virgin Mary in preparation

Source: FSSPX News


Catholics and Anglicans are elaborating a common approach to the Virgin Mary. An international group of religious people in charge and theologians representing the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, gathered in Seattle, ended at the beginning of February its works on a common declaration about the Mother of God.

This workgroup elaborated an entitled text "Declaration of Seattle". It will be submitted to Cardinal Kasper President of Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, to the archbishop of Canterbury, primate of the Anglican Communion, and to the Anglican Consultative Council.

This text is the 5th declaration published these last twenty years by the Anglican-Roman Catholic mixed International Commission (ARCIC), which has been for around thirty years the main instrument of the theological dialogue between Rome and the Anglican Communion. The declaration represents more than five working years for the dialog group co-chaired by Mgr. Brunett, archbishop of Seattle.

The conclusions of the work are based on the Bible, as well as on the ancient Christian traditions. Engaged in the promotion of Christian unity, this mixed commission drafted a document, which deals with the dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption, as well as Mary’s place in the life and doctrine of the Church. Its objective, according to the agency APIC, is “to get beyond the obstacles present on the way of ecumenism in this domain.”