Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue in Saskatoon
Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT)
- Evangelicals and Catholics Together:
The Christian Mission in the Third Millenium (1994)
This is the first agreed statement by a group of Evangelical and
Catholic theologians in the U.S. and Canada. This statement covers the broad prospects for
cooperation in civil life in the U.S. Catholic participants would be described as
conservative. Many of the Evangelical participants faced public criticism due to this
- The Gift of Salvation (1997)
The ECT text on justification by faith alone. Resulting from a meeting
in the fall of 1996, it was determined that further progress depended upon firm agreement
on the meaning of salvation, and especially the doctrine of justification. After much
discussion, study, and prayer over the course of a year, a statement was agreed to at a
meeting in New York City, October 6-7, 1997. In future conversations they intend to
address the outstanding questions noted at the end of this statement.
- Your Word is Truth (2002)
"The next question taken up by ECT participants was the
relationship between Scripture and tradition. The following statement, 'Your Word Is
Truth,' is the product of intense and extended deliberation and was first published this
summer  by Eerdmans in a book by the same title. The participants express the hope
that those responding with critical evaluations of the statement will consult the
scholarly papers prepared for their deliberation and to be found in the book. The ECT
project continues and is currently studying Roman Catholic and evangelical Protestant
understandings of 'the communion of saints' (communio sanctorum)."
- Book Review by Stanley J. Grenz in Christian Century, October 23, 2002.
- The Communion of Saints (2003)
"In the present statement, we examine more closely the nature of our life together. Our life together is communion in the communio of the life of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."
- The Call to Holiness (2005)
Our earlier statements "called our attention to the holiness that is proper to God alone but in which human beings are called to participate. Such participation means nothing less than to be drawn into the very life and love of God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Holiness is also participation in the life of the Church, which is the holy people called into being by God's saving work in Christ. Following up on this theme, we wish now to consider the ways in which our communities and their individual members can and must foster and embody holiness."
- That They May Have Life (2006)
"In the present statement we intend, however briefly and inadequately, to make the case for what is commonly called "a culture of life" - and to do so in a way that invites public deliberation and engages questions of public policy. Our primary purpose, however, is to explain to our communities why we believe that support for a culture of life is an integral part of Christian faith and therefore a morally unavoidable imperative of Christian discipleship."
- Do Whatever He Tells You: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Christian Faith and Life (2009)
"In the present statement we turn our attention to the Virgin Mary as an example of God's saving grace, the divinely chosen mother of our Lord and a model of discipleship."
- In Defense of Religious Freedom (2012)
"The God who gave us life gave us liberty. The God who has called us to faith asks that we defend the possibility that others may make similarly free acts of faith. By reaffirming the fundamental character of religious freedom, we contribute to the defense of freedom and to human flourishing, in our countries and throughout the world."
- The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage (2015)
"For centuries, Christians have proclaimed these words at weddings, for they express the gift of marriage long recognized by all humanity and acknowledged by men and women of faith: Marriage is the union of a man and a woman. This truth is being obscured, even denied, today. Because of that, the institution of marriage, which is essential to the well-being of society, is being undermined."
Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue on Mission, 1977-1984 (ERCDOM)
- Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue on Mission (ERCDOM) Final Report
"The Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue on Mission was a series
of three meetings which took place over a period of seven years. The first was held at
Venice in 1977, the second at Cambridge in 1982 and the third at Landévennec in France in
1984. ... This Report is in no sense an "agreed statement" but rather a faithful
record of the ideas shared. It is not exhaustive, for more questions were touched on than
could be described in this brief compass. Yet enough has been included to give a
substantial idea of how the dialogue developed and to communicate something of it without
creating misunderstandings or false expectations." [from the introduction]
World Evangelical Alliance-Roman Catholic Consultations
Note: In 2000, the former World Evangelical Fellowship changed its name to the World Evangelical Alliance
(WEA). The WEA office responsible for the consultation is the Theological Commission. A new phase of the consultation began in 2011. A report is expected in 2016.
- World Evangelical Fellowship-Vatican Communiqué (October 19, 1997).
A report of the dialogue meeting held at Tantur Ecumenical Center, Jerusalem from October 12-19, 1997
- World Evangelical Fellowship-Vatican Communiqué (November 13, 1999).
A report of the dialogue meeting held in Williams Bay, Wisconsin (USA) from November 7-13, 1999
- Church, Evangelization, and the Bonds
of Koinonia (2002, published 2004)
"The present consultations represent an important development in our relationship.
For the first time these meetings were sponsored by international bodies on both sides:
the World Evangelical Alliance and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. This initiative
eventually resulted in formal consultations beginning in Venice in 1993, and continuing at
Tantur, Jerusalem in 1997, Williams Bay, Wisconsin in 1999, Mundelein, Illinois in 2001,
and Swanwick, England in 2002. Initial meetings led us eventually to focus on two general
areas: the church and her mission. As the discussion continued, it became clear that a
common reflection on the biblical notion of koinonia would help us to clarify
some convergences and differences between us on the church (Part I). The focus on mission
evolved into reflection on evangelization and the related issues of religious freedom,
proselytism and common witness in light of koinonia (Part II)." [from the
Southern Baptist-Roman Catholic Conversation