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The Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church
O – RC

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  • December 7, 1965: Rome, Italy
    “Abrogation of Excommunications of 1054″
    – COMMON DECLARATION
    – PAPAL BRIEF
    – PATRIARCHAL TOME

PREPARATORY STAGE

(CATHOLIC PREPARATORY COMMISSION)

  1. October 11-15, 1976 – Rome, Italy
  2. May 8, 1978 – Rome, Italy
CHAIRMAN

Rev. Pierre Duprey, M. Afr, SPCU

SECRETARY

Msgr. Eleuterio F. Fortino, SPCU


(ORTHODOX PREPARATORY COMMISSION)

  1. June 20-25, 1977 – Chambésy, Switzerland
  2. November 14-18, 1977 – Chambésy, Switzerland
CHAIRMAN

Bishop Parthenios of Carthage

SECRETARY

Archbishop Cyril of Vyborg


JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE
  • March 29 – April 1, 1978 – Rome, Italy
    “Method of Dialogue and Planning”
CO-CHAIRMEN

Bishop Parthenios of Carthage (O)
Bishop Ramon Torrella (RC)

CO-SECRETARIES

Archimandrite Spyridon Papageorgiou (O)
Msgr. Eleuterio F. Fortino (RC)


MEETINGS
  1. May 29 – June 4, 1980 – Patmos/Rhodes
    “Adoption of Plan for Dialogue and Organization” – PLAN

    SUB-COMMISSIONS:
    “Work on the Mystery of the Church and of the Eucharist in the Light of the Mystery of the Holy Trinity”
    a) October 5-9, 1980 – Chevetogne, Belgium
    b) December 27-30, 1980 – Rome, Italy
    c) April 29- May 1, 1981 – Belgrade

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:
    May 25-30, 1981 – Venice, Italy
    “Review Work of 3 Sub-commissions”
  2. June 30- July 6, 1982 – Munich, Germany
    “Mystery of the Church and the Eucharist in the Light of the Trinity” – JOINT DOCUMENT

    SUB-COMMISSIONS:
    “Work on Faith, Sacraments and the Unity of the Church”

    a) October 15-20, 1982 – Vienna, Austria
    b) October 25-29, 1982 – Vra , Jugoslavia
    c) December 27-30, 1982 – Chambésy, Switzerland

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:
    June 12-17, 1983 – Nicosia, Cyprus
    “Review of the Work of the 3 Sub-commissions”
  3. May 30 – June 8, 1984 – Khania, Crete
    “Faith, Sacraments and the Unity of the Church; The Sacrament of Order in the Sacramental Structure of the Church with Particular Reference to the Importance of Apostolic Succession for the Sanctification and Unity
    of the People of God”

    SUB-COMMISSIONS:
    “Work on The Sacrament of Order in the Sacramental Structure of the Church with Particular Reference to
    the Importance of Apostolic Succession for the Sanctification and Unity of the People of God”

    a) December 17-19, 1984 – Opole, Poland
    b) December 27-31, 1984 – Rome, Italy
    c) February 20-28, 1985 – Bari, Italy

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:
    June 3-8, 1985 – Opole, Poland
    “Continuation of the Study on the Sacrament of Order and Apostolic Succession; Revision of Faith,
    Sacraments and the Unity of the Church”
  4. May 29 – June 7, 1986 – Bari, Italy (first phase)
    “Faith, Sacraments and the Unity of the Church”

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:
    September 22-23, 1986 – Rome, Italy
    “Revision of Faith, Sacraments and the Unity of the Church”

    June 9-16, 1987 – Bari, Italy (second phase)
    “Faith, Sacraments and the Unity of the Church” – JOINT DOCUMENT
    “Continuation of Work on the Sacrament of Order and Apostolic Succession; Issues of Proselytism and
    Oriental Churches in Communion with Rome is Discussed”
  5. June 19-27, 1988 – New Valamo, Finland
    “The Sacrament of Order in the Sacramental Structure of the Church with Particular Reference to the
    Importance of Apostolic Succession for the Sanctification and Unity of the People of God” – JOINT
    DOCUMENT

    SUB-COMMISSIONS:
    “Ecclesiological and canonical consequences of the sacramental nature of the Church; conciliarity and
    authority in the Church

    a) December 27-31, 1988 – Rome
    b) March 30 – April 2, 1989 – Munich

    c) October 2-14, 1989 – Istanbul

    SUB-COMMISSION:
    “Work on the Study of Questions concerning the Churches of Byzantine Rite United with Rome and the
    Problems of Uniatism and Proselytism”

    a) January 26-31, 1990 – Vienna, Austria

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:
    February 1-8, 1990 Moscow, Russia
    “Preparation for the Plenary” – COMMUNIQUÉ

  6. June 6-15, 1990 – Freising, Germany
    “Uniatism” – COMMUNIQUÉ

    SUB-COMMISSIONS:
    “Work on Uniatism, Method of Union of the Past, and the Present Search for Full Communion”

    a) December 26-29, 1990 – Rome, Italy
    b) March 2-9, 1991 – Rome, Italy
    c) April , 1991 – Vienna, Austria

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:
    June 10-15, 1991 Ariccia, Italy
    “Preparation for the Plenary; Uniatism, Method of Union of the Past, and the Present Search for Full
    Communion” – COMMUNIQUÉ

    [June 17-26, 1992 – Balamand, Lebanon — postponed]
  7. June 17-24, 1993 – Balamand, Lebanon
    “Uniatism: Method of the Past; Dialogue as Today’s Means of Seeking Unity;” REPORT: “Uniatism, Method
    of Union of the Past, and the Present Search for Full Communion” (1993) – THE BALAMAND STATEMENT

    JOINT SUB-COMMISSIONS:
    “Ecclesiological and Canonical Implications of Uniatism”

    June 15-19, 1996 – Rome, Italy — postponed

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:
    June 12-19, 1997 – Ariccia, Italy — postponed

    JOINT SUB-COMMISSIONS:
    “Ecclesiological and Canonical Implications of Uniatism”
    April 7-12, 1997 – Rome, Italy

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:
    June 15-20, 1998 – Ariccia, Italy
    “Ecclesiological and Canonical Implications of Uniatism; Preparation for Plenary”

    June 7-15, 1999 – Emmitsburg, Maryland, USA — postponed
  8. July 9-19, 2000 – Emmitsburg, Maryland, USA
    “Ecclesiological and Canonical Implications of Uniatism” – COMMUNIQUÉ

    PANORTHODOX MEETING OF DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVES
    September 11-13, 2005 – Istanbul, Turkey
    Discussion on the continuation of the dialogue; need to continue the theological dialogue in obedience to the
    command of the Lord to promote the unity of the church and in the context of ecclesiology and with
    particular reference to the problem of primacy in the church; election of Metropolitan of Pergamon, Ioannis
    Zizioulas

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:
    December 13-15, 2005 – Rome, Italy
    Choice of theme taken up from Moscow 1990 planning session, ie, the theme of “The ecclesiological and
    canonical consequences of the sacramental nature of the Church: conciliarity and authority in the Church”;
    deepening a theology of communion to enable a profound discussion on two central issues in the context of relations between the two churches namely, the primacy of the Bishop of Rome and the question of ‘uniatism’
    – POPE BENEDICT’S ADDRESS TO THE JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE
  9. September 18-25, 2006 – Belgrade, Serbia
    “The Ecclesiological and Canonical Consequences of the Sacramental Nature of the Church; Conciliarity and
    Authority in the Church at Three Levels of Ecclesial Life: Local, Regional and Universal” – COMMUNIQUÉ
  10. October 8-14, 2007 – Ravenna, Italy
    “The Ecclesiological and Canonical Consequences of the Sacramental Nature of the Church; Conciliarity and
    Synodality in the Church” – COMMUNIQUÉ and JOINT REPORT

    CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:
    September 27-October 4, 2008 – Elounda, Greece
    COMMUNIQUÉ
  11. September 16-23, 2009 – Paphos, Cyprus
    Draft: “The Role of the Bishop of Rome in the Communion of the Church in the First Millennium” –
    COMMUNIQUÉ
  12. September 20-27, 2010 – Vienna, Austria
    Continued discussions on “The Role of the Bishop of Rome in the Communion of the Church in the First
    Millennium” – COMMUNIQUÉ

    JOINT SUB-COMMITTEE:
    June 13-17 June, 2011 – Rethymno, Crete, Greece

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:
    November 21-26, 2011 – Rome, Italy

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:
    November 19-23, 2012 – Paris, France
  13. September 15-23, 2014 – Amman, Jordan
    Synodality and Primacy – COMMUNIQUÉ

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE
    September 15-18, 2015 – Rome, Italy

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:
    September 14-19, 2016 – Rome, Italy
  14. September 16-21, 2016 – Chieti, Italia
    The discussion focused on the significance and interrelatedness of synodality and primacy in the history of
    the Church in the first millennium in the varied and changing situations in East and West; Synodality and
    Primacy During the First Millennium: Towards a Common Understanding in Service to the Unity of the
    Church – COMMUNIQUÉ and JOINT STATEMENT

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:

    September 5-9, 2017 – Leros, Greece

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:
    November 13-17, 2018 – Bose, Italy
    The Committee examined a draft of the text entitled, “Primacy and Synodality in the Second Millennium and
    Today”, prepared by a mixed sub-commission. The Coordinating Committee will evaluate a revised version
    of the draft at its next meeting, planned for November 2019

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:
    November 11-15, 2019 – Bose, Italy
    The Committee examined a revised draft of the text entitled, “Primacy and Synodality in the Second
    Millennium and Today”, prepared by a mixed sub-commission. The Coordinating Committee plans its next
    meeting for 2020

    JOINT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE:
    May 16-20, 2022 – Rethymno, Crete, Greece
    The Committee completed the revision of the draft text entitled, “Primacy and Synodality in the Second
    Millennium and Today” to be presented to a Plenary Session of the Joint International Commission, expected
    to take place in 2023 – COMMUNIQUÉ

  15. June 1-7, 2023 – Alexandria, Egypt
    The discussion focused on synodality and primacy in East and West over the course of the second
    millennium, giving as far as possible a common reading of that history; in its Conclusion, the document
    adopted by the Commission stated that ‘the interdependence of synodality and primacy is a fundamental
    principle in the life of the Church’ and that this principle ‘should be invoked to meet the needs and
    requirements of the Church in our time’; the Commission took into consideration that some misunderstanding was evident in the reception of the line ‘Appeals regarding disciplinary matters were also made to the see of Constantinople, and to other sees’ in the Chieti Document (2016), paragraph 19. The
    Commission resolved that the aforementioned line should be read in light of Canon 9 of the Fourth
    Ecumenical Council (Chalcedon 451): ‘if a bishop or clergyman should have a disagreement with the metropolitan of the province, let him have recourse to the Exarch of the Diocese, or to the throne of the Imperial City of Constantinople, and there let it be tried’ – COMMUNIQUÉ and JOINT STATEMENT
CO-CHAIRMEN

Card. Jan Willebrands
President of the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, Vatican (1980, 1982, 1984, 1986/87, 1988)
(RC)
Card. Edward Cassidy
President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Vatican (1990, 1993, 2000) (RC)
Card. Walter Kasper
President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Vatican (2006-2009) (RC)
Card. Kurt Koch
President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Vatican (2010-) (RC)
Archbishop Stylianos, Australia (1980, 1982, 1984, 1986/87, 1988, 1990, 1993, 2000) (O)
Metropolitan Ioannis of Pergamon (2006-2016) (O)
Archbishop Job of Telmessos (2016-) (O)

CO-SECRETARIES

Bishop Pierre Duprey, M.Afr., Vatican (1980, 1982, 1984) (RC)
Msgr. Eleuterio F. Fortino, Vatican (1986/87, 1988, 1990, 1993, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2009) (RC)
Rev. Andrea Palmeri, Vatican (2010-) (RC)
Prof. Stoyan Goschevitch, Belgrade (1980, 1982, 1984, 1986/87) (O)
Bishop Spyridon, Apamea, Finland (1988, 1990, 1993) (O)
Metropolitan Gennadios of Sassima (2006-2022 ) (O)

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