The current theological dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church began shortly after the Second Vatican Council concluded its work in 1965. There are currently two Commissions for Anglican–Roman Catholic co-operation, the Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) and the International Anglican–Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission (IARCCUM).
In 2000, Archbishop George Carey and Cardinal Edward Cassidy, the then President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, convoked a conference of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops at Mississauga in Canada to discern the progress made in theological conversations, and whether closer co-operation could be developed between the two traditions. The result was the International Anglican–Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission, which has been meeting since 2001.
In 2016 IARCCUM held a pilgrimage, starting at Canterbury Cathedral, and travelling to Rome, for a seminar on the work of ARCIC and a service of commissioning by Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby.More
The Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission was established by Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey and Pope Paul VI in 1967. Its terms of reference were established by the Malta Report in the following year and it has worked in two phases - 1970-1981, and 1983-2005.
The first phase of work was completed with the publication of the Final Report in 1981, dealing with three topics: The Eucharist, Ministry and Authority.
The second phase covered a more diverse range of topics including: Salvation and the Church, 1986; The Church as Communion, 1991; Life in Christ: Morals, Communion and the Church, 1993; The Gift of Authority, 1999, and culminating in the publication of Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ in 2005.
A preparatory commission for a third phase of ARCIC met in London in October 2007. ARCIC III met for the first time in Bose, Italy, in 2011, in 2012 in Hong Kong, and in 2013 in Rio de Janeiro.
ARCIC is working on the theme of the Church local and universal, and how the Church comes to discern right ethical teaching.More
In 1960, an informal meeting took place when Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher was received in the Vatican by Pope John XXIII. This was the first meeting between a Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury since the Reformation. This was followed, after the Second Vatican Council, by a formal visit by Archbishop Michael Ramsey to Pope Paul VI in 1966. At the time of that visit, and on the five occasions when Popes and Archbishops of Canterbury have met formally since then, they have issued a Joint Declaration. The texts of these declarations are set out below. Archbishops and Popes have met more informally fairly frequently, such as the visit of Archbishop Rowan Williams to meet Pope John Paul II shortly after Archbishop Rowan was enthroned in 2003, and again when the Archbishop attended the Inauguration of the Ministry of Pope Benedict XVI in 2005More