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Response to The Chieti Document is Another Step Forward for the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Church’s Common Understanding in Service of Unity

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The following is an excerpt from a news release approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, regarding The Response to the Chieti Document which has been published by the North American Orthodox - Catholic Theological Consultation. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is a co-sponsor of the Consultation.


WASHINGTON—The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation (NAOCTC) has released its response to the most recent document produced by the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. Entitled "Synodality and Primacy During the First Millennium: Towards a Common Understanding in Service to the Unity of the Church", this work of the international dialogue had been released in September 2016. It is often referred to as "The Chieti Document" because it was finalized during a meeting in Chieti, Italy.

The Chieti Document discusses the relationship between primacy and synodality during the first millennium Churches of the East and West. It specifically examines that relationship on three levels: the local, regional and universal. The NAOCTC response reflects upon each of the three levels and offers suggestions for further study and consideration.

The Chieti Document is posted on the Vatican web site at
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/ch_orthodox_docs/rc_pc_chrstuni_doc_20160921_sinodality-primacy_en.html 

and on the web site of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople at
https://www.patriarchate.org/dialogue-with-the-roman-catholic-church/-/asset_publisher/xPOzhhZ0zKIa/content/synodality-and-primacy-during-the-first-millennium-towards-a-common-understanding-in-service-to-the-unity-of-the-church-9-21-16-

The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation was established in 1965 by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America, now the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, and by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, now the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Since 1997, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has been a co-sponsor.

More information on the work of the NAOCTC, including links to the full texts of Statements and other documents, may be found at the respective sites of:

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States:
www.assemblyofbishops.org/ministries/dialogue/orthodox-catholic/ 

and The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/ecumenical-and-interreligious/ecumenical/orthodox/index.cfm 

Last Updated on Thursday, December 14 2017  
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