Our own Joint Committee provided a response to its practical suggestions on March 23, 1989.
At our previous meetings in 19, we also consulted scholars of Sacred Scripture regarding New Testament perspectives on the indissolubility of marriage.
As bishops of these two churches, we hail this progress in mutual commitment to Church unity.
We recognize that the Orthodox Church has expressed its seriousness in working for unity in the Church of Christ in this century through encyclicals and gestures of reconciliation.
The creation of the Vatican Secretariat (now Pontifical Council) for Promoting Christian Unity is one sign of its dedication to restoring visible unity.
In particular the church community shares in the parents' responsibility for the spiritual formation of children.
Foremost among these concerns was the marriage between members of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches.
In this present statement, we, as members of this joint committee, wish to share a number of conclusions from our recent discussions and to propose recommendations that could be implemented in our churches in this country without delay.
Introduction A growing trust and a spirit of cooperation have developed between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church during the last twenty-five years, not only in the United States but also in other parts of the world.
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, our Churches have been led to recognize more profoundly the need to manifest our unity in Christ and to pray for healing the wounds of centuries-old estrangement.
We regard Christian marriage as a vocation from God in which the liberating effect of divine love, a gift of Holy Spirit, is experienced through human love.