Anglican-Catholic International Commission
Since its inception ARCIC has followed a predictable pattern.
The Commission works on an agreed statement during the course of
which the Anglicans largely betray their heritage. Although there
appear to be concessions on behalf of the Roman Catholics the
reports are sent to the Vatican where, after several years, the
full-blown Roman position is re-asserted.
Within the Church of England ARCIC reports are rarely brought
to the General Synod for fear that they will be rejected. Thus,
although they are never adopted by the Anglican Communion or the
Church of England these reports come to be seen as representing
the official Anglican position.
ARCIC has been replaced by IARCCUM
ARCIC has done its work
in two parts.
ARCIC I was established
in 1970 . It had been commissioned in by Archbishop Michael
Ramsey and Pope Paul VI with the 1968 Lambeth Conference and the
Vatican Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity.
ARCIC I produced four
reports and all these were bundled together in the Final Report.
Three of the statements had received an elucidation.
- Eucharistic Doctrine (Windsor 1971)
- Eucharistic Doctrine : Elucidation (Salisbury 1979)
- Ministry and Ordination (Canterbury 1973)
- Ministry and Ordination : Elucidation (Salisbury 1979)
- Authority in the Church I (Venice 1976)
- Authority in the Church I : Elucidation (Windsor 1981)
- Authority in the Church II (Windsor 1981)
- Final Report (1982)
See also Clarifications
ARCIC II was set up
in 1982 on the mandate of Pope John Paul II and Archbishop Robert
Runcie. So far there have been four statements and one to
to material on the ARCIC reports
"Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ"
Gift of Authority
Grace and Hope in Christ (2005)
After the Final Report
of ARCIC I came a report entitled Clarifications. This was
an attempt by ARCIC to explain their language in such a way as
to make it compatible with Roman dogma.
Sacrament of Unity
the chickens come home to roost!' - Article from Cross†Way
2001 on the House of Bishop's report E.S.U. which was itself
a response to the English Roman Catholic teaching document 'One
Body one Bread'.