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Prof Canon Adelbert Denaux Public Lecture

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Prof Canon Adelbert Denaux Public Lecture

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The Church Local, Regional and Universal: a Delicate Balance. The Recent Ecclesiological Statement of ARCIC III

Location: Waldegrave Drawing Room

In 2011 the Anglican - Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) has received a mandate to undertake a third phase of its work. The main task given to the Commission was to study two interrelated areas, namely “The Church as Communion, local and universal, and how in communion the local and universal Church come to discern right ethical teaching”. In both the Anglican and the Roman Catholic tradition, and between these traditions, the relationship between the local, the regional and the universal level of the Church have been a source of tensions and disagreement.

In its 2017 Erfurt Statement (to be published in 2018), entitled “Walking Together on the Way: Learning to Be Church - Local, Regional, Universal”, the Commission has addressed the first, ecclesiological issue. Using the method of 'receptive ecumenism' the Commission has come to the conclusion that we can learn from each other’s 'instruments of communion' (authority structures and procedures) . Anglicans can learn from Catholic structures and procedures which have developed in the service of unity at the trans–local and universal levels. Catholics can learn from Anglican structures and procedures which have developed to ensure consultation and deliberation at the local and trans–local levels.

About the speaker

Adelbert Denaux (born in Bruges, Belgium, 21-06 1938). He studied at the Diocesan Seminary, Brugge, and at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium (K.U. Leuven) (Master in Biblical Philology and STD 1963-1967). He was professor at the Diocesan Seminary of Bruges (1967-1992), and at the Faculty of Theology of the K.U. Leuven, Bible Department (1990-2003), Dean of the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, the Netherlands (2007–2012). He is member of the Society of New Testament Studies (SNTS), of the National Roman Catholic Commission for Ecumenism (Belgium), of ARCIC II and ARCIC III (“Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission”), and the International Ecumenical Fellowship (IEF). He was member of the International Theological Commission, Rome (2004-2014).

He is priest of the Diocese of Bruges, Titular Canon of the Cathedral of Bruges, Belgium, and Honorary Canon of the (Anglican) cathedral of Lincoln (England). His expertise lies in the fields of: 1. Exegesis of the New Testament, especially the Synoptic Gospels, the Q-source, theology and Christology of the New Testament; Biblical Greek, especially the language and style of Lke-Acts; 2. Ecclesiology, especially ordained and non ordained ministries; Ecumenism and ecumenical dialogues, especially the Anglican - Roman Catholic dialogue; 3. Study of New Religious Movements, Minority Religions and Cults.


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