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New Developments in Reformed-Roman Catholic Dialogue

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

reformedTwo members of the an Catholic-Reformed Ecumenical Dialogue in the United States are preparing a study guide based on documents that focus on its ongoing ecumenical discussion.

Dr. Ronald J. Feenstra of Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids and Fr. Dennis Tamburello of Siena College in Loudonville, New York, are preparing a study guide, tentatively entitled "Learning from One Another: A Study Guide for Reformed-Roman Catholic Dialogue," which is intended for use in local ecumenical discussions.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, through its Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs is a participant along with the Presbyterian Church, the Reformed Church in America, the United Church of Christ, and the Christian Reformed Church in North America. The first round of this Reformed-Roman Catholic dialogue began soon after the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), which opened the door for ecumenical discussions.

In this latest development the USCCB and each of the Reformed Churches participating in the dialogue are making the documents from the previous two rounds of dialogue publicly available. These documents focus on Baptism, the Eucharist or Lord's Supper, and the Church.
• "These Living Waters" (2003-07, focusing on Baptism)
• "This Bread of Life" (2007-10, focusing on the Eucharist/Lord's Supper)
• "The One Body of Christ" (2012-19, focusing on ministry and authority in the Church).

Of particular note, These Living Waters resulted in a "Common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Baptism," that Reformed Christians and Catholics recognize one another's validly administered baptisms.
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey is a full-time freelance writer and editor for an assortment of publications including Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Faith Grand Rapids magazine. He has completed his first novel with the working title, Karl Beguiled. He and his wife, Barb, live in Wyoming, Michigan. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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