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News archive for 1999

Archives d'actualités pour 1999

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SONday citywide millennial celebration

 — December 4, 19994 déc. 1999

What will you be doing on Jan. 2, 2000 — the first Sunday of the new millennium? Church leaders in Saskatoon hope you’ll be among the many thousands expected at SaskPlace to attend SONday 2000, a “city-wide day of celebration of Our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ.” The 15-member task force organizing the event explains
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Posted: Dec. 4, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6181
Categories: NewsIn this article: events, millenium, Saskatoon
Transmis : 4 déc. 1999 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6181
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : events, millenium, Saskatoon

The priesthood of Mary

 — December 4, 19994 déc. 1999

With our short ecclesiastical memories, we have almost forgotten that in the run-up to its dogmatic definition in 1854, Mary’s Immaculate Conception was often justified on the grounds of her being a priest. Tradition frequently applied the words found in Hebrews 7:26 to her: “It is fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens.” The Benedictine prior Jacques Biroat wrote in 1666 that “Paul’s reasoning” in Hebrews 7:26 “is relevant to Christ’s mother. She shares in the priesthood of her son and is the origin of our reconciliation to God. Therefore, she had to be entirely innocent and separate from sinners. She had to be preserved from original sin.” Mary was immaculately conceived because she had to be a priest without stain. Mary has captured the Catholic imagination more than any other person except Jesus. Generation after generation has seen in her the highest reflection of saintliness and love. Catholics have been fond of Mary because she is Jesus’ own mother. They also respected her as his closest associate in redemption, as his first “priest”.
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Posted: Dec. 4, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6697
Categories: TabletIn this article: Catholic, Mary, ordination, women
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Catégorie : TabletDans cet article : Catholic, Mary, ordination, women

Inaugural Meeting of the Special Commission on Orthodox Participation

 — December 3, 19993 déc. 1999

[WCC News] The Special Commission on Orthodox participation in the World Council of Churches (WCC) will meet from 6 to 8 December in Morges, on Lac Léman, Switzerland. At its inaugural meeting the Commission will deal chiefly with matters of planning and procedure for the series of its Protestant-Orthodox discussions to be held over the
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Posted: Dec. 3, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4986
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Orthodox, WCC
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Orthodox, WCC

Communiqué: Evangelical-Catholic consultation 1999

 — November 13, 199913 nov. 1999

1. A theological consultation between Evangelicals and Catholics took place from 7-13 November 1999. Jointly sponsored by the World Evangelical Fellowship’s Theological Commission and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the meeting took place at the George Williams Campus of Aurora University, Williams Bay, Wisconsin, USA. It followed on from two previous consultations between WEF and Catholic Church representatives, held in 1993 in Venice, Italy and in 1997 at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute near Jerusalem. [Note: The World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF) changed its name to World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) in 2000.]

2. The Williams Bay meeting sought to deepen mutual understanding and respect between Evangelicals and Catholics, using the occasion to hear how each understood one another’s traditions, convictions and concerns. More particularly its aim was to face misunderstandings that put stumbling blocks in the way of the Good News being proclaimed and heard.

Four papers were prepared for the consultation. On the theme of koinonia (fellowship or communion) two papers were discussed: “An Evangelical Perspective on Church Koinonia” by Henri Blocher and “The Church as Communion: A Catholic Perspective,” by Avery Dulles. Later discussion of evangelization and common witness and their difficulties began on the basis of a paper by M. Daniel Carroll R., “The Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue: Issues Revolving around Evangelization. A View from Latin America” and one by Thomas Stransky, “Religious Freedom, Christian Witness and Proselytism.”
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Posted: Nov. 13, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2193
Categories: Communiqué, Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, World Evangelical Alliance
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Catégorie : Communiqué, Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, World Evangelical Alliance

Elephant ‘Outed’ at Covenant Network Conference

 — November 12, 199912 nov. 1999

Participants discuss homosexuality without apology or discomfort by John Filiatreau, PCUSA News Service [ATLANTA, Ga] Homosexuality, the seldom-mentioned “elephant in the living room” during previous meetings of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, emerged – came out, if you will – during the group’s national conference last week. Speakers and participants discussed homosexuality without apology and
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Posted: Nov. 12, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4983
Categories: PCUSA NewsIn this article: human sexuality
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Catégorie : PCUSA NewsDans cet article : human sexuality

Lutheran Officials Meet, Discuss Variety of Goals and Challenges

 — November 2, 19992 nov. 1999

BALTIMORE (ELCA) — The Committee on Lutheran Cooperation, a group that includes top officials of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) met here Oct. 25. The officials discussed a variety of current concerns and issues. The meeting was held here to mark the dedication of the Lutheran Center
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Posted: Nov. 2, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4701
Categories: ELCA News
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Catégorie : ELCA News

History in our own time: The Joint Declaration on Justification

 — October 31, 199931 oct. 1999

“How are we saved?” This was the central question of the Protestant Reformation. Or, as Martin Luther phrased it: “How are we, as sinners, found righteous in the sight of a just God?” This is a question that has challenged Christians throughout our history, and has challenged our Hebrew brothers and sisters for even longer. The fact that we believe we will be saved is evident in our decision to come here today, for we all believe that God has offered us salvation. But why are we saved? Because we come here? Because we do our homework, say our prayers and try not to pick on our little brother?
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Posted: Oct. 31, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6258
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, ecumenism, JDDJ, Lutheran World Federation
Transmis : 31 oct. 1999 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6258
Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, ecumenism, JDDJ, Lutheran World Federation

WCC welcomes signing of the Joint Declaration on Justification

 — October 28, 199928 oct. 1999

The World Council of Churches (WCC) warmly welcomes the forthcoming signing of the Joint Declaration on the doctrine of justification by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church. The signing will take place on 31 October, in Augsburg, Germany. According to the Rev. Dr Dagmar Heller, WCC Faith and Order, bilateral relations and
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Posted: Oct. 28, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, JDDJ, Lutheran
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, JDDJ, Lutheran

ACO: Signing of Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification

 — October 25, 199925 oct. 1999

Dear Cardinal Cassidy and Dr Noko,

The signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine Of Justification between the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church is an event which encourages Christians of all traditions and is a cause of rejoicing for all who pray and work for the unity of Christ’s Church.

The significance of this agreement cannot be underestimated, dealing as it does with a question right at the heart of Christian faith and theology, the question of how we are saved. As we all are aware, this was a primary point of conflict during the Reformation period, which led not only to bitter theological disputes but even wars and Persecutions and created divisions that were exported beyond the shores of Europe through the missionary expansion of the Church.
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Posted: Oct. 25, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6
Categories: ACNS, NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, JDDJ, Lutheran
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Catégorie : ACNS, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, JDDJ, Lutheran

Brief biographies of those signing the Joint Declaration

 — October 23, 199923 oct. 1999

The Rev. H. George Anderson, 67, was appointed a Vice-President of the Lutheran Federation (LWF) in 1997. He has been the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1995. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Yale, Anderson earned graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia,
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Posted: Oct. 23, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4977
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, JDDJ, Lutheran
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, JDDJ, Lutheran

Anglican, United church dialogue advances in Canada

 — September 16, 199916 sept. 1999

Anglican, United church dialogue goes one step further [Belleville, Ontario] Talks between the Anglican and United churches in Canada — the first formal dialogue since the collapse of a proposed Plan of Union in 1975 — are progressing slowly, but enough to warrant two meetings this month. A recent gathering of church representatives in eastern
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Posted: Sept. 16, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4955
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Consultative Council, UCC, United Church of Canada
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Consultative Council, UCC, United Church of Canada

Irish Presbyterians Say Ecumenism Doesn’t Extend to Catholics

 — September 15, 199915 sept. 1999

An effort to make an existing Protestant-Roman Catholic committee the top ecumenical body for Ireland has been stymied by a vote of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI).

The plan, which had been approved by the three other major denominations in both the Republic and in Northern Ireland – the Anglicans, the Methodists and the Roman Catholics – went down by a 224-144 vote during the Belfast General Assembly in June. Its opponents say it was defeated by the fact that an institutional identification with the Roman Catholic Church would imply approval of its doctrine.

And that is, in a word, apostasy.

If this all sounds like theological separatism, it is. But this is Northern Ireland, where politics and religion stay unintelligibly and painfully entangled – no matter how much distance Catholics and Protestants put between themselves, and no matter how many centuries go by.

The political stalemate isn’t so dissimilar.

Ulster’s major unionist (and largely Protestant) party is refusing to form a four-party administration to govern Northern Ireland – including Sinn Fein, the radical republican party – because the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) has refused to disarm, and because of apparent breaches of the outlawed group’s 1997 cease-fire.
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Posted: Sept. 15, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4874
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, PCUSA NewsIn this article: Catholic, Ireland, Presbyterian, religious hatred
Transmis : 15 sept. 1999 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=4874
Catégorie : Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, PCUSA NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Ireland, Presbyterian, religious hatred

After Many Delays, WCC Prepares to Deal with Orthodox Complaints

 — September 2, 19992 sept. 1999

by Stephen Brown, Ecumenical News Service [GENEVA] A special commission set up by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in a bid to resolve complaints by its Orthodox member churches is scheduled to hold its first meeting in December. The scheduling of the meeting follows a series of delays and apparent unwillingness by some Orthodox
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Posted: Sept. 2, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4949
Categories: ENIIn this article: Orthodox, WCC
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Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : Orthodox, WCC

Parliament of World’s Religions to Hold Conference in Louisville

 — August 31, 199931 aoüt 1999

The founding director of “No More Violence” will reveal the numerous community factors that influence youth violence at a special conference, 8:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 9 at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville. The event will preview the Dec. 1 -8 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Posted: Aug. 31, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4952
Categories: NewsIn this article: Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions

Ecumenism must Be More Popular, less Elitist, Says WCC Official

 — August 30, 199930 aoüt 1999

GENEVA – The ecumenical movement of the 21st century must focus less on church institutions and more on the church as “the whole people of God,” the moderator of the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) central committee said on August 26. At a press conference following his report to the 158 members of the central
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Posted: Aug. 30, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4867
Categories: ENIIn this article: ecumenism
Transmis : 30 aoüt 1999 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=4867
Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : ecumenism

ELCA Assembly Praised for Ecumenical Work

 — August 25, 199925 aoüt 1999

DENVER (ELCA) — The 1999 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly received greetings from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and three Reformed churches that are in full communion with the ELCA the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Reformed Church in America, and United Church of Christ. The churchwide assembly, the chief legislative authority
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Posted: Aug. 25, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4698
Categories: ELCA News
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Bishops between a rock and a hard place

 — August 21, 199921 aoüt 1999

Catholics are permitted to support attempts to limit the evil aspects of an abortion law, says Pope John Paul in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae. In Germany, however, the moral complexities have made the Church draw back, which threatens to reduce its influence in society. A journalist on the weekly Rheinischer Merkur highlights the German bishops’ dilemma.
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Posted: Aug. 21, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6689
Categories: TabletIn this article: abortion, Catholic, ethics, social policy, theology
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Catégorie : TabletDans cet article : abortion, Catholic, ethics, social policy, theology

Polish Churches Plan Major Agreement on Baptism for Year 2000

 — August 15, 199915 aoüt 1999

by Jonathan Luxmoore, Ecumenical News International [WARSAW] Minority churches in Poland plan to celebrate the new millennium by joining Roman Catholics in a mutual recognition of baptism. The churches are also considering a joint acknowledgment – with the Roman Catholic Church – of “guilt and forgiveness” for past wrongs. “Many people have warmed to these
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Posted: Aug. 15, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4959
Categories: ENIIn this article: baptism
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Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : baptism

My wounded Church

 — July 31, 199931 juil. 1999

In a very Anglican way, the Church of England sought to solve its internal crisis over women in the priesthood by legislation which made concessions to opponents. These provisions were remarkable — and, some would say, indefensible. One of them, the Episcopal Ministry Act of Synod 1993, allowing for alternative episcopal oversight, is now up for review, and under attack from the supporters of women priests, some of whom are campaigning for its repeal by 2002. But opponents, who believe their Catholic doctrine of the Church to be, if anything, more compromised by the concessions than by the ordinations themselves, are also looking for new solutions. Why are they still not satisfied, despite having been given so-called flying bishops and parochial autonomy? What are the issues at stake?

Let us not (for the moment) rake over the embers of the arguments that were carried on before the General Synod voted in 1992. Let women’s ordination be known, not by its roots but by its fruits. And by fruits I do not mean that experience of women’s ministry which it was confidently claimed would win every heart — no one has ever doubted the pastoral skills and sensitivity of women. I mean its theological and doctrinal consequences.
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Posted: July 31, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6629
Categories: Tablet
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Catégorie : Tablet

ELCA Leaders Issue “Perspective” on Called to Common Mission

 — July 29, 199929 juil. 1999

CHICAGO (ELCA) — A vote on a proposed Lutheran-Episcopal full communion agreement is “an enormously momentous decision,” said five leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), who this month sent informational statements and endorsements of the proposal to voting members of the 1999 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. The assembly will be asked to approve
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Posted: July 29, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4696
Categories: ELCA News
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