Resources and Texts
All texts promulgated on this website are not necessarily official positions of the Orthodox Church or of SCOBA, but reflect the considered theological understanding of the Commissions, Consultations and Dialogues, whose members are appointed and empowered by SCOBA to explore these issues.
Published by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America and commended to the clergy for guidance.
From the Hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas
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SCOBA Chairman: Metropolitan
Maximos of Pittsburgh
Catholic Chairman: Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk of Cincinnati
Sponsored jointly on the Catholic side by the USCCB and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Orthodox side is sponsored by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of America (SCOBA).
The members of national bilateral dialogue commissions are sanctioned by the hierarchies of the two churches to examine divisive issues, and to make recommendations regarding ways to overcome them. As such, the agreed statements are issued on the authority of the dialogue commission itself, and do not bind the authorities of either church.
- Steps Towards A Reunited Church: A Sketch Of An Orthodox-Catholic Vision For The Future (October 2, 2010)
- Celebrating Easter/Pascha Together (October 1, 2010)
A Common Response to the Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue Between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church Regarding the Ravenna Document "Ecclesiological and Canonical Consequences of the Sacramental Nature of the Church: Ecclesial Communion, Conciliarity and Authority" (October 24, 2009)
Filioque: A Church-Dividing Issue?" (October
- Spanish Translation - The Filioque: A Church-Dividing Issue?
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- Spanish Translation - The Filioque: A Church-Dividing Issue?
- "Sharing the Ministry of Reconciliation" (June 10, 2000)
- "Baptism and 'Sacramental Economy" [Click here for the French Translation] (June 3, 1999)
- "Common Response to the Aleppo Statement on the Date of Easter/Pascha" (October 31, 1998) For the Aleppo Document, click here:
- "A Response of the Orthodox/Roman Catholic Consultation in the United States to the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church regarding the Balamand Document (dated June 23, 1993): 'Uniatism, Method of Union of the Past, and the Present Search for Full Communion'" (October 15, 1994).
- "Joint Statement of the United States Orthodox/Roman Catholic Consultation on Tensions in Eastern Europe Related to 'Uniatism'" (May 28, 1992).
- "A Joint Communique of the Orthodox/Roman Catholic Consultation in the United States on Current Tensions between our Churches in Eastern Europe" (October 20, 1990).
- "An Agreed Statement on Conciliarity and Primacy in the Church" (October 28, 1989).
- "A Joint Reaction by the Orthodox/Roman Catholic Consultation in the U.S.A. to the International Orthodox/Roman Catholic Commission's Text: `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'" (October 28, 1989).
- "A Response to the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church regarding the Bari Document: `Faith, Sacraments, and the Unity of the Church'" (June 2, 1988).
- "Apostolicity as God's Gift in the Life of the Church" (November 1, 1986).
- "An Agreed Statement on the Lima Document Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry by the Eastern Orthodox/Roman Catholic Consultation, USA" (October 27, 1984).
- "A Response to the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church regarding the Munich Document: `The Mystery of the Church and of the Eucharist in the Light of the Mystery of the Holy Trinity'" (May 25, 1983).
- "Joint Recommendations on the Spiritual Formation of Children of Marriages between Orthodox and Roman Catholics" (October 11, 1980).
- "An Agreed Statement on the Sanctity of Marriage" (December 8, 1978).
- "Reaction of Orthodox-Roman Catholic Dialogue to the Agenda of the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church" (September 29, 1977).
- "The Principle of Economy: A Joint Statement" (May 19, 1976).
- "The Pastoral Office: A Joint Statement" (May 19, 1976).
- "An Agreed Statement on the Church" (December 10, 1974).
- "An Agreed Statement on Respect for Life" (May 24, 1974).
Agreed Statement on Mixed Marriage" (Nov. 4,
1971). Note: An earlier version of this paper was approved
at the sixth meeting, May 20, 1970; however, certain revisions
were introduced and approved at the eighth meeting of
the consultation on Nov. 4, 1971).
- "An Agreed Statement on the Holy Eucharist" (December 13, 1969).
At the invitation of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, delegates from the fourteen Autocephalous Churches participated in the historic Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference, meeting at the Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy-Geneva, Switzerland on June 6-12, 2009. The Conference was a direct result of the Synaxis of the Heads of all the Orthodox Churches, convened by His All Holiness at the Ecumenical Patriarchate October 10-12, 2008. At that time, all the Heads, They expressed their "desire for the swift healing of every canonical anomaly that has arisen from historical circumstances and pastoral requirements, such as in the so-called Orthodox Diaspora, with a view to overcoming every possible influence that is foreign to Orthodox ecclesiology."
At the October meeting of the Heads of the Autocephalous Churches, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew called upon them to "activate the 1993 agreement of the Inter-Orthodox Consultation of the Holy and Great Council in order to resolve the pending matter of the Orthodox Diaspora." This agreement provided a plan to establish an ‘Episcopal Assembly' with appropriate authority for the bishops to guide the entire Church in each of the regions of the so-called Orthodox Diaspora.
Acting as formal representatives of the Autocephalous Churches, the members of the Fourth Pre-Conciliar Conference in Chambésy affirmed "that is the common will of all of the most holy Orthodox Churches that the problem of the Orthodox Diaspora be resolved as quickly as possible, and that it be organized in accordance with Orthodox ecclesiology, and the canonical tradition and practice of the Orthodox Church." The Conference decided to establish an "Episcopal Assembly" in specific regions which are beyond the boundaries of the Autocephalous Churches. The Conference initially identified twelve regions throughout the world. The Episcopal Assembly will include all the canonical Orthodox bishops in a given region such as North America. The representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch (in this case, Archbishop Demetrios of America) will chair the Episcopal Assembly in each region. The Assembly will meet yearly and will have an Executive Committee which will meet every three months. Other committees, composed of clergy and laity, will be established to address particular concerns.
The texts that are linked below are the official English Translations and official Greek texts issued by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Communiqué, the Decision, and the Regulations.
Links to all three below
The Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops
- "Ordination" (October 1, 1988).
- "A Pastoral Statement on Orthodox/Roman Catholic Marriages" (October 5, 1990).
of Support for the Historical Christianity in Eastern Europe
and Former Soviet Union" (September 19, 1991).
on Eastern Europe"(October 2, 1992).
- "Statement on the Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue at the Dawn of a New Millennium" (October 4, 2000)