Roman Catholic Conversation

Australian Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue Group (AUSTARC)

AUSTARC was commissioned in June 1993 by the oversighting bodies, the Anglican General Synod and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Its initial mandate was and still is:

a)    the promotion of the international ARCIC discussions;
b)    the development of contacts with ARC’s in other countries;
c)    the consideration of matters of particular ecumenical concern within Australia.

Anglican members of the Dialogue are:

The Right Rev’d Dr Bradly Billings (Co-Chair)
The Rev’d Colleen Arnold-Moore
The Rev’d Dr Craig D’Alton
The Rev’d Canon Prof Dorothy Lee
The Rev’d Scott Lowrey
The Ven Emeritus Philip Newman OAM
The Rt Rev’d Dr Michael Stead


International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM)

In 2000, Archbishop George Carey and Cardinal Edward Cassidy, the then President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, convoked a conference of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops at Mississauga in Canada to discern the progress made in theological conversations, and whether closer co-operation could be developed between the two traditions. The result was the International Anglican – Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission, which has been meeting since 2001.

The Right Rev’d John Parkes AM, Bishop of Wangaratta, is the representative of the Anglican Church of Australia on IARCCUM.