THE Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC)
concluded a week-long meeting in Rio de Janeiro earlier this
It was the third meeting of the latest phase of the discussions,
ARCIC III, to examine the concept of Church as communion, and the
related issue of how to alight on right ethical teaching.
The Commission, which comprises Anglican and Roman Catholic
theologians, is co-chaired by the Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Revd
Christopher Hill, and the RC Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most
Revd Bernard Longley.
A communiqué issued on Tuesday by the Anglican Communion Office
said that it had been "the first time in its 40-year history that
ARCIC has met in Latin America - and, indeed, in the southern
The members of the Commission "engaged in theological analysis
and shared reflection on the nature of the Church and those
structures which contribute to discernment and decision-making.
Time was spent considering some case studies of ethical issues
which members had prepared, and analysing the ways in which the two
Communions have come to their present teaching on these
During the meeting, members of the Commission shared a meal with
local Anglican and Roman Catholic leaders, including the Bishop of
Rio de Janeiro, the Rt Revd Filadelfo Oliveira. They also visited
the Cidade de Deus (City of God), one of the many favelas
that surround Rio de Janeiro.