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Publication of the historic Anglican-Eastern Orthodox Joint Declaration on the Holy Spirit – Episcopal News Service

Publication of the historic Anglican-Eastern Orthodox Joint Declaration on the Holy Spirit

Posted on November 2, 2018

[Anglican Communion News Service] The historic joint statement between Anglican and Eastern Orthodox theologians on the procession and the work of the Holy Spirit has been released. The declaration was signed last October after lengthy discussions among members of the Anglican Eastern-Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC). It was released at this year’s AOOIC meeting, which took place last week in Lebanon. The joint statement is one in a series of works that have helped heal the oldest lingering division within Christianity, a schism that dates back centuries. At the heart of the joint declaration is the controversial Filioque clause – appended to the symbol of Nicaea by the Western Latin tradition, causing a schism between the Eastern Orthodox Churches and the Western Churches inherited from the Anglican tradition. The clause says that the Holy Spirit proceeds “from the Son” (Jesus) as well as from the Father. The joint statement says Anglicans should omit the clause.

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