“True ecumenism goes beyond theological dialogue; it touches our spiritual lives and our common witness. As our dialogue has developed, many Catholics and Anglicans have found in each other a love for Christ which invites us into practical co-operation and service.”

Joint declaration by Archbishop Rowan Williams and Pope Benedict XVI (2006)

Archbishop of Canterbury and Pope Francis (Photo: Lambeth Palace)
Archbishop of Canterbury and Pope Francis (Photo: Lambeth Palace)

Inspired by the new ecumenical openness expressed by the Second Vatican Council, official theological dialogue between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Roman Catholic Church in this country (under the aegis of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops) began in 1971. Four years later, a second bilateral dialogue was established between Canadian Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops. Both churches remain committed to the two dialogues.

In their four decades of work, the two dialogues have addressed both theological and pastoral questions. They have contributed to the theological work of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission. They have also produced joint pastoral guidelines on intermarriage between Anglicans and Catholics, as well as guidelines for bishops who are receiving clergy from the other church. The dialogues are currently focused on helping Canadian Anglicans and Roman Catholics become more aware of the existing high level of theological agreement our two churches already share, and helping them find ways to tangibly express that unity in mission together.

Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada

The members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada are:

Anglican

  • Bishop Linda Nicholls (co-chair)
  • Caitlin Reilly Beck
  • The Rev. Dr. Iain Luke
  • The Rev. Maylanne Maybee
  • The Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman (staff)

Roman Catholic

  • Archbishop Don Bolen (co-chair)
  • Dr. Mary Marocco
  • Sr. Donna Geernaert
  • Fr. Raymond Lafontaine
  • Julien Hammond
  • Kyle Ferguson (staff)

Ecumenical observer

  • The Rev. Dr. Matthew Anderson (ELCIC)

Anglican-Roman Catholic Bishops’ Dialogue of Canada

The members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Bishops’ Dialogue of Canada are:

Anglican

  • Bishop David Irving (co-chair)
  • Archbishop John Privett
  • Bishop Mary Irwin-Gibson
  • Bishop Nigel Shaw
  • Bishop John Chapman
  • The Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman (staff)

Roman Catholic

  • Bishop Gary Gordon (co-chair)
  • Bishop Brian Dunn
  • Bishop Albert Thévenot
  • Bishop Jose Kalluvelil
  • Bishop Gaétan Proulx
  • Kyle Ferguson (staff)

Anglican-Roman Catholic resources