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Receptive Ecumenism

The communiqué from ARCIC III’s (the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, Phase 3) first plenary meeting in 2011 declared the Commission’s intent to use the method of receptive ecumenism which it described as seeking “to make ecumenical progress by learning from our partner, rather than simply asking our partner to learn from us.” The statement went on:“Receptive ecumenism is more about self-examination and inner conversion than convincing the other; Anglicans and Roman Catholics can help each other grow in faith, life and witness to Christ if they are open to being transformed by God’s grace mediated through each other.” 

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The author is on the Staff of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and is responsible for relations with the Anglican and Methodist Churches.