In April 1977 the Nottingham Congress for Evangelical Anglicans published
the Nottingham Statement as a faithful expression of the mind of
evangelical Anglicans. Chairman of the NEAC Executive Committee, John
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
M1: The present condition.
(a) We recognize and welcome the changing situation and the movement for
renewal in the Roman Catholic Church since the Second Vatican Council and
we want to respond to it.
(b) Seeing ourselves and Roman Catholics as fellow Christians, we repent
of atttitudes that have seemed to deny it.
(c) We welcome the growing emphasis upon the Bible as normative for
Christian faith and conduct.
(d) We wish to be better informed concerning the Roman Church today and
will support and encourage opportunities for dialogue between us at all
(e) We believe that agreement on fundamental doctrine must precede any
formal act of union.
(f) While still regarding the major issues of the Reformation as
crucial, we welcome the progress made towards the doctrinal agreement such
as is evidenced in the ARCIC (Anglican Roman Catholic International
M2: Where clarification is needed
With the diversity of statements emanating from Roman Catholic circles,
we find it perplexing to know their present doctrinal position. We feel the
need for some official denials of past claims along with official
statements of current agreement. At the samne time, we should welcome an
indication from Roman Catholics of clarifications they desire from us. For
our part, we need further elucidation in the following areas:
(a) Does the Roman Catholic Church place itself under the Old and New
Testaments as the final authority under Christ?
(b) What is the relationship of tradition and the teaching authority of
the church to Holy Scripture?
(c) What authority today have the statements of such Councils as those
of Trent and Vatican I?
(d) Are men justified through faith, with their good works a fruit of
justification and not a source of merit|?
(e) How is the Eucharist related to Christ's sacrifice on the Cross?
(f) What standing have the Marian dogma of the Immaculate Conception and
the Bodily Assumption?
(g) What authority would be vested in any contemporary universal
M3: Action to be taken
In restating our attitude to the Roman Catholic church, we want
simultaneously to affirm our close doctrinal and spiritual ties with non-
Anglican evangelicals, which we are most anxious not to jeopardise. To this
end, we need to clarify the Anglican stand on comprehensiveness.
(a) We shall all work towards full communion between our churches. We
believe that the visible unity of all professing Christians should be our
(b) We ask Roman Catholics to try to understand our difficulties as we
seek to understand theirs.
(c) We wish ARCIC to amplify their doctrinal statements in those areas
where we have asked for further clarification.
(d) We shall encourage every kind of co-operation that may bring this
goal of full communion nearer; some would welcome intercommunion as a step
in this direction.
(e) Realizing the urgency of the situation, we shall make time to get to
know and learn from one another, especially by prayer and studying the
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