[Episcopal News Service]
The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) met at the end of August in Dublin, under the co-chairmanship of Roman Catholic Archbishop Alexander Brunett of Seattle and Bishop Frank T. Griswold, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA.
According to a communique issued September 3, the commission continued its discussion on the place of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life and doctrine of the church. 'The members studied matters related to Mary in the Scriptures, Patristic thought, Reformation authors and the dogmatic definitions regarding the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption,' the communique said. Members of the commission 'agreed a schema for a statement based upon the dialogue to date and undertook some preliminary drafting.'
The commission has been receiving responses to its most recent agreed statement, 'The Gift of Authority,' issued in May of 1999, including the official study now underway in Anglican provinces, as mandated by the Anglican Consultative Council.
'The commission felt very profoundly the absence of its longest standing member, Father Jean-Marie Tillard, OP, who had died since the last meeting of the plenary,' the communique noted. 'The members recalled, with deep appreciation and affection, by informal conversation and liturgical commemoration, the immense contribution of Father Tillard to the work and life of the commission.'
The commission will meet next in Vienna next July.