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intercommunion

association between Churches, involving esp mutual reception of Holy Communion
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Moreover, Ware has disagreed with Afanassieff's view on intercommunion. See Ware, "Church and Eucharist," p.
A few pages were devoted once again to the question of intercommunion.
The concern with intercommunion is difficult to understand in this context as it is phrased rather euphemistically.
The same approach held with the issue of intercommunion for non-Catholics, where the synod upheld the present ban, but expressed a deep desire for greater unity.
Does there have to be doctrinal agreement on all points before we can move to intercommunion? Or, is agreement on doctrinal matters but not ethical matters what is required?
NCR: If the final propositions resemble the draft presented yesterday, it would seem that the synod has largely reaffirmed existing discipline on matters such as celibacy, divorced and remarried Catholics, and intercommunion. Some might say that you came all the way to Rome for three weeks to finish where you started.
But it should be noted that, on the one hand, there has been an increase in the number of member churches which have difficulty in accepting intercommunion between separated churches as a satisfactory concept or procedure, while on the other hand there has appeared in certain quarters and particularly among youth, though by no means confined to them, a growing impatience with certain of the traditional attitudes and hesitations on this matter.
For this reason, the concept of "intercommunion" has no place in Orthodox ecclesiology.
Bishops from Western Europe and North America generally have been the most sensitive to intercommunion with other Christians and the status of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, perhaps reflecting their pastoral experience of mixed marriages and divided communities.
In the chair was Bishop Willis who set the tone of the meeting when in his opening remarks he made clear that "the members of the Church of England were prepared to go in loyalty to the formally expressed Opinion of the archbishop of Canterbury".(16) The latter had stated: Full intercommunion was, for the present at least, impossible.
While Protestants find it acceptable to think in terms of a communion of churches that practice intercommunion, Catholics have difficulties with any eucharistic communion that does not stem from the unity of the one church of Christ.
Schutz was determined to play the ecumenical game by the rules, meaning the community has always observed the restrictions of the various Christian bodies on intercommunion.
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