“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)
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:
- Bishop Bruce Myers (co-chair)
- Rev. Dr. Iain Luke
- Rev. Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers
- Rev. Dr. Christopher Brittain
- Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman (staff)
- Bishop Brian Dunn (co-chair)
- Sr. Donna Geernaert
- Julien Hammond
- Michelle Dabrowska (staff)
- Kyle Ferguson (staff)
- Rev. Cindy Halmarson (ELCIC)
Anglican-Roman Catholic Bishops’ Dialogue of Canada
The members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Bishops’ Dialogue of Canada are:
- Bishop Nigel Shaw (co-chair)
- Bishop Mary Irwin-Gibson
- Bishop William Cliff
- Bishop Logan McMenamie
- Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman (staff)
- Archbishop Brian Dunn
- Sr. Dr. Donna Geernaert
- Mr. Julien Hammond
- Dr. Adele Brodeur
- Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Olkovich
- Mr. Kyle Ferguson (staff)
- Bishop (Ret.) Cindy Halmarson
Anglican-Roman Catholic resources
- Anglican Centre in Rome — Established in 1966, the Anglican Centre in Rome is the Anglican Communion’s permanent representation to the Holy See. A living symbol of our communion’s commitment to the full visible unity of the church, it offers courses of different kinds open to all, in which many Canadian Anglicans have participated.
- Anglicans and Catholics finding one voice — A communiqué from the May 2013 meeting of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada
- New Stories to Tell and Did You Ever Wonder? — Narrative resources to support local/grassroots engagement with international Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogues
- Forty Years of Walking Together — An account of the fortieth anniversary celebrations of Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue in Canada, and a discussion of the dialogue’s future directions.
- Growing Together in Unity and Mission — Theological reflection and practical suggestions on how Anglicans and Roman Catholics can give living expression to the unity we already share.
- IARCCUM.org — The most comprehensive collection of news and documents related to Anglican-Roman Catholic relations around the world, including Canada.
- On the Way Together: A People Created for the Common Good — A study guide prepared by the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada on the two churches’ common moral tradition.
- Pastoral Guidelines for Churches in the Case of Clergy Moving from One Communion to the Other — A guide for bishops, clergy, and those involved in vocational discernment.
- Pastoral Guidelines for Interchurch Marriages Between Anglicans and Roman Catholics in Canada — A guide for couples, clergy, and those involved in marriage preparation and pastoral care.
- When Anglicans and Roman Catholics are at the Eucharist Together — Recommendations from the Anglican Roman Catholic Bishops’ Dialogue of Canada.