Archive for 2018

Archive pour 2018

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Letter from Saskatchewan bishops on justice and reconciliation

A Message from the Anglican, Catholic and Lutheran Bishops of Saskatchewan

The events surrounding the tragic shooting death of Colten Boushie in August 2016, and the subsequent trial of Gerald Stanley and recent jury decision, have re-surfaced profound pain to families and communities. They have also raised enormously important questions and challenges for our province and our country.

As bishops who serve Christian communities in our province, we join all those who are longing to escape the slavery of prejudice, racism, anger, frustration, violence and bitterness. We wish to join all those who are re-dedicating themselves to work for reconciliation and peace among all people in our communities and in our nation.
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Posted: February 16, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10206 Transmis : 16 février 2018 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=10206


A hopeful step for Lutheran-Catholic couples

For us Lutherans this is a hopeful step on the journey towards the shared Eucharistic table, said LWF General Secretary Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/Albin HillertThe Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has welcomed a recent resolution by the German Catholic bishops’ conference to make it possible for Catholic-Lutheran married couples to receive the Eucharist together.

This development follows the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation in 2016, where the LWF and the Catholic Church expressed it as a joint pastoral responsibility to “respond to the spiritual thirst and hunger” of many of their members “who yearn to receive the Eucharist at one table, as the concrete expression of full unity.”

In the German Bishops Conference earlier this month, the Catholic bishops agreed to provide an orientation that would help local Catholic priests and their bishops to formally decide on a case-by-case basis to open the Eucharist to Protestant spouses, which in Germany would include Lutherans, Reformed and members of united churches.
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Posted: February 23, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10230
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: bishops, Catholic, eucharist, Germany, Lutheran, sacramental sharing
Transmis : 23 février 2018 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=10230
Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : bishops, Catholic, eucharist, Germany, Lutheran, sacramental sharing


Cardinal Koch: Relations between the Catholic Church and the WCC

An address by Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, regarding relations between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches (WCC). At a press conference held Friday 2nd March in the Vatican, the WCC General Secretary, Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit and Cardinal Kurt Koch announced that Pope Francis will be travelling to Geneva on June 21st to mark the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.

The visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva during the year of the 70th Anniversary of the foundation of the World Council of Churches (WCC), will be a sign of recognition of a unique contribution of the WCC to the modern ecumenical movement. It will be an expression of the personal commitment of the Holy Father to the goal of Christian unity as expressed in many occasions. In visiting the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Pope Francis will follow the steps of his two predecessors Paul VI, who visited the WCC in 1969 (10 June), and John Paul II who did the same in 1984 (l2 June). The visit will be an occasion to give thanks to God for a longstanding and rich collaboration which the Catholic Church maintains with the WCC for more than half a century. Indeed, our relations began during the preparation of the Second Vatican Council. Vatican II committed the Catholic Church to the modern ecumenical movement and opened a new page in the history of our relations with the World Council of Churches generating a spirit of rapprochement and mutual understanding. Although the Catholic Church is not a member of the WCC, various dicasteries of the Roman Curia and different Catholic organizations or religious communities collaborate closely with its different programmatic areas. There is a sustained collaboration in the field of justice and peace, human rights, works of charity and humanitarian aid, especially regarding migrants and refugees, protection of creation, the youth, interreligious dialogue, mission and evangelism. The most developed is the collaboration between the WCC and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), which also takes place through various channels.
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Posted: March 2, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10216
Categories: News, OpinionIn this article: Francis, Kurt Koch, pope, WCC
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Catégorie : News, OpinionDans cet article : Francis, Kurt Koch, pope, WCC


Pope to visit Geneva for World Council of Churches anniversary

Pope Francis meets in the Vatican with WCC General Secretary Rev. Olav Fykse TveitPope Francis will travel to Geneva on June 21st to mark the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches. The announcement was made on Friday at a press conference in the Vatican by the WCC General Secretary, Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit and by Cardinal Kurt Koch, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The WCC was founded in 1948 with a membership of 147 Christian Churches, largely in Europe and North America. Today it brings together 348 members in countries across the globe, including most of the world’s Orthodox, Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches.

Since 1965 the Catholic Church has worked closely together with the WCC through a Joint Working Group, as well as through participation in specific commissions or practical initiatives.
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Posted: March 2, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10213
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Francis, Olav Fykse Tveit, pope, WCC
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Francis, Olav Fykse Tveit, pope, WCC


‘Part of who we are’: Anglicans, ecumenism, and the Canadian Council of Churches

Members of the Canadian Council of Churches Governing Board attend a meeting in Ottawa at Saint Paul University in May 2017. Photo by Kaeli SweigardAs one of the founding members of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), the Anglican Church of Canada has long played a major role in the country’s leading ecumenical council.

Ecumenism “is in the Anglican DNA”, according to Bishop Michael Oulton—one of the two current appointed Anglican representatives on the CCC governing board, along with Canon Mary Conliffe.

“I think that’s the heart of who we are as a church … I’m a huge believer in the importance of partnerships and building expanded partnerships wherever possible, and the Canadian Council of Churches is, I think, a critical part of that for us,” Oulton said.

“It’s always been part of who we are as Anglicans to try to find a common table around which to sit.”
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Posted: March 20, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10260
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Council of Churches
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Council of Churches


The Canadian Council of Churches and the future of ecumenism

Participants in an Intercultural Ministry program organized by the Canadian Council of Churches stand on a map identifying the locations of various First Nations across Canada. Photo: CCCMuch of the work of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) today is reflected in its two commissions: the Commission on Faith and Witness, and the Commission on Justice and Peace. Where the former promotes theological reflection to improve mutual understanding between denominations, the latter focuses on efforts to foster peace and social justice in Canada and around the world.

Certain issues, such as the ordination of women or same-sex marriage, may be of both theological and social importance, and can find very different views reflected within the council.

In such cases, CCC President Alyson Barnett-Cowan said, “We try two things. One is we will have exploratory sessions where we try to get the sense of where different people are coming on different issues, and that would be one of them … But then on other matters, where we think there might be a consensus, we work hard to articulate what that consensus might be. So for example, protection of refugees, that’s kind of a no-brainer for the members of the council.”
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Posted: March 23, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10262
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, ecumenism
Transmis : 23 mars 2018 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=10262
Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, ecumenism


Anglican-Jewish Commission releases communiqué from recent meeting

Members of the Anglican-Jewish Commission. Photo: ACNSImmigration and minorities were chief topics of discussion at a meeting of the Anglican-Jewish Commission last month in Jerusalem. One particular focus was the situation facing Christians in the Middle East. They agreed that any responses to the situation must be grounded in an understanding and affirmation of human life and freedom.

This was the first time the group had met since 2014. Speaking afterwards members said they had been encouraged and hopeful about gathering more often in the future. The Commission expects to reconvene again in 2019.

The Archbishop of Canterbury‘s Programmes Coordinator for Inter Religious Affairs, Katie Hodkinson, said the meeting was very significant.

“It was something that the Archbishop of Canterbury agreed with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel whilst on his two-week visit to the Holy Land last May, ” she said. “This renewed energy and commitment was warmly welcomed by both the Christian and Jewish communities.”
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Posted: April 23, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10266
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican Communion, Jewish-Christian relations, Judaism, Rabbis
Transmis : 23 avril 2018 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=10266
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Jewish-Christian relations, Judaism, Rabbis


Informal group of Anglican–Roman Catholic theologians discusses “new layers of unity”

Cardinal Désiré Joseph Mercier presided over the original Malines Conversation Group in the early 1920s. Photo Credit: Bibliothèque nationale de FranceAn informal but officially-sanctioned ecumenical dialogue between Anglican and Roman Catholic theologians has met to consider “the difficult question of Anglican Orders.” The Malines Conversation Group was originally established in the early 1920s by Cardinal Désiré-Joseph Mercier, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Malines-Brussels; some 24 years after Pope Leo XIII declared that Anglican Orders were “absolutely null and utterly void”. The 1920s Malines Conversations Group envisioned the restoration of communion between Anglicans and Roman Catholics in the phrase l’Église Anglicane unie non absorbée – united, but not absorbed.

Since then, a number of formal dialogues and relational groups between the two churches have been established, including the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), which undertakes theological dialogue; and the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM), an episcopal commission which seeks ways to put joint agreements into practice.
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Posted: May 1, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10247
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, dialogue, Malines
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, dialogue, Malines


Bishop of Qu’Appelle begins cross-Canada cycling journey for unity and reconciliation

Bishop Rob Hardwick prepares to begin his cross-Canada pilgrimage alongside his wife Lorraine, who will be travelling with him for support on his cycling journey. Photo: Dell BornowskyDipping his bicycle tires into the Pacific Ocean on the morning of Saturday, May 19, Bishop Rob Hardwick of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle officially began a cross-country pilgrimage to the Atlantic coast to promote unity, healing, and reconciliation within the Anglican Church of Canada.

Over the course of a planned 62 days, the 7,877-kilometre cycling journey will take Bishop Hardwick from Victoria, B.C. to St. John’s, Newfoundland, during which he will meet and pray with thousands of people in hundreds of congregations.

“I’m hoping to gather people’s comments, what they understand those three words [unity, healing, and reconciliation] to mean in their own lives,” the bishop said.

“Obviously in our church, we are fairly conflicted in some issues. So what does it mean to be a church of unity? What does it mean to be a church of healing and reconciliation as well?”
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Posted: May 22, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10272
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Aboriginal reconciliation, Anglican, Christian unity, Qu'Appelle, Robert Hardwick
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Aboriginal reconciliation, Anglican, Christian unity, Qu'Appelle, Robert Hardwick


Pope, patriarch call for ethical intervention in economy

Pope Francis presents a gift to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople during a meeting in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican May 26. CNS photo/Paul HaringPope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople called on Christians to work together to build a culture of solidarity in the face of growing economic inequality and a lack of respect for the human dignity of the poor and of migrants.

The two leaders met privately May 26 before addressing an international conference sponsored by the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation, which seeks to promote the teaching of St. John Paul II’s 1991 encyclical on social and economic justice.

“The current difficulties and crises within the global economic system have an undeniable ethical dimension,” Pope Francis told some 500 business leaders, theologians and proponents of Catholic social teaching.
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Posted: May 28, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10258
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Bartholomew I, economic ethics, Francis
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Bartholomew I, economic ethics, Francis


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