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A. Joint Unity Commission


The membership of the Commission to be predominantly bishops, to be appointed by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) and the Anglican Communion Office.


The Joint Unity Commission will report to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Inter Anglican Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations.


The mandate of the Commission will include the following functions:

  • to prioritise the ongoing work;
  • to oversee the preparation of a Joint Declaration of Agreement and to plan the signing and celebration of the same;
  • to promote and monitor the formal response and reception of the agreed statements of the Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC);
  • to promote the coherence of other bilateral dialogues that Anglicans and Roman Catholics are involved in;
  • to examine the range of possible ways, within current canon law provisions, to deal generously and pastorally with situations of inter–church marriages involving Anglicans and Roman Catholics;
  • to explore ways of communicating the results of the Toronto Meeting to provinces and episcopal conferences not represented;
  • to commission the production of resources (bible studies, videos, CD–ROMs, etc) to assist in making the work of ARCIC known throughout the churches;
  • to encourage Anglican provinces and Roman Catholic episcopal conferences to set up national Anglican–Roman Catholic (ARC) dialogue groups where they do not exist;
  • to invite one or two national ARCs to study the implications of our common baptism for the roles of men and women in the Church, the results of which to be shared at all levels of the churches;
  • to promote co–operation locally on clergy formation, education, and other pastoral matters;
  • to promote collegiality through:
  • encouraging episcopal participation in each others meetings at the international, national and local levels;
  • encouraging a joint meeting of bishops at the level of provinces and episcopal conferences within 2 years;
  • examining ways of ensuring formal consultation prior to one Church making decisions on matters of faith and morals which would affect the other Church, keeping in view the agreed statements of ARCIC;
  • planning for a future review consultation of bishops within 5 years.


B. Follow up by Pairs of Bishops

The pairs of bishops from 13 countries present at this meeting will endeavour:

  • to report back to the bishops of the province / episcopal conference within 6 months;
  • to share the results of this meeting with the clergy and laity at the national and local church level.


C. Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission

ARCIC is invited to consider the following possible agenda items:

  • the drafting of a document to link all the agreed statements produced by ARCIC, which would be a coherent summary of the work thus for. The papers produced for this meeting may form the basis of this work;
  • a study of the place of Mary in the life and doctrine of the Church.

ARCIC is urged to consider commissioning a volume of the agreed statements produced since The Final Report which would include introductory essays and selections of relevant responses to the texts.


D. Annual Informal Talks

The Annual Informal Talks is a meeting of staff of the PCPCU, the Anglican Communion Office, Lambeth Palace, the Anglican Centre in Rome and the ARCIC co–chairmen. The next meeting in November will consider how the Joint Unity Commission and ARCIC will relate to each other.


E. The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Anglican Communion Office

Staff from these offices will explore the publication in book form of appropriate papers, presentations, sermons, the liturgy Celebration of Common Baptism, and other documents from this Anglican–Roman Catholic Bishops' Meeting.


Mississauga, 19 May 2000




Anglican Particpants

Archbishop of Canterbury: The Most Revd and Rt Honourable GEORGE L. CAREY
Aotearoa, New Zealand& Polynesia: The Rt Revd JOHN PATERSON, Presiding Bishop & Primate
Australia: The Most Revd PETER CARNLEY, Primate & Archbishop of Perth
Brazil: The Most Revd GLAUCO SOARES DE LIMA, Primate of Brazil & Bishop of Sao Paulo
Canada: The Most Revd MICHAEL PEERS, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada
England: The Rt Revd JOHN HIND, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe
India: The Rt Revd PETER SUGANDHAR, Bishop of Medak, Church of South India
Ireland: The Rt Revd Dr SAMUEL POYNTZ, Formerly Bishop of Connor
Nigeria: The Rt Revd JOSEPH A OMOYAJOWO, Bishop of Ijebu
Papua New Guinea: The Most Revd JAMES AYONG, Primate & Bishop of Aipo Rongo
Southern Africa: The Rt Revd DAVID BEETGE, Bishop of The Highveld
Uganda: The Rt Revd EVANS MUKASA KISEKKA, Bishop of Luweero
USA: The Rt Revd EDWIN F. GULICK Jr, Bishop of Kentucky
West Indies: The Most Revd DREXEL GOMEZ, Primate & Bishop of Nassau & The Bahamas


Catholic Participants

President, Pontifical Council For Promoting Christian Unity: His Eminence EDWARD IDRIS Cardinal CASSIDY
Australia: Archbishop JOHN BATHERSBY, Archbishop of Brisbane, Chair, Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
Brazil: Bishop ANTÒNIO CELSO DE QUEIROZ, Bishop of Cantanduva, Formerly Secretary General, Brazilian Bishops' Conference
Canada: Bishop Gerald WIESNER OMI, Bishop of Prince George, President Canadian Bishops' Conference
England: Archbishop CORMAC MURPHY–O'CONNOR Archbishop of Westminster, Chairman, Bishops' Conference Department for Mission and Unity, Formerly Co–Chairman, ARCIC
India (Latin Rite): Archbishop HENRY D'SOUZA, Archbishop of Calcutta, President of Conference of Catholic Bishops of India, Latin Rite
Ireland: Bishop ANTHONY FARQUHAR, Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor, Chair, Bishops' Commission for Ecumenism
New Zealand: Bishop JOHN CUNNEEN, Bishop of Christchurch, New Zealand Bishops' Conference Deputy for Ecumenism
Nigeria: Bishop LUCIUS UGORJI, Bishop of Umuahia
Papua New Guinea: Bishop DESMOND MOORE MSC, Bishop of Alotau–Sideia, Chairman, Bishops' Commission for Ecumenism, Co–Chair PNG ARC dialogue
Southern Africa: Archbishop GEORGE DANIEL, Archbishop of Pretoria, Vice–Chairman, Bishops' Department of Ecumenism
Uganda: Bishop PAUL KALANDA, Bishop of Fort Portal, President Ugandan Bishops' Conference
USA: Archbishop WILLIAM J. LEVADA, Archbishop of San Francisco, Chairman–Designate, ARC–USA
West Indies: Archbishop SAMUEL CARTER SJ, Formerly Archbishop of Kingston


Others Attending

Archbishop ALEXANDER BRUNETT: Roman Catholic Co–chairman of ARCIC
Bishop FRANK GRISWOLD: Anglican Co–chairman of ARCIC
Bishop WALTER KASPER: Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
Canon JOHN PETERSON: Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council

Guest Speaker Wednesday Morning


The Staff Team

Process Facilitators
Dr MARY TANNER (Anglican)
Dr DONNA GEERNAERT SC (Roman Catholic)

Theological Consultants
Bishop JOHN BAYCROFT (Anglican)
Revd PETER CROSS (Roman Catholic)

Canon DAVID HAMID (Anglican)
Monsignor TIMOTHY GALLIGAN (Roman Catholic)
Archbishop of Canterbury's Secretary for Ecumenical Affairs

Secretarial Assistants For the Meeting
Mrs CHRISTINE CODNER – Anglican Communion Office
Fr FRANCIS KODIYAN MCBS – Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Secretarial Assistant For the Archbishop of Canterbury
Mrs GILL HARRIS–HOGARTH – Lambeth Palace