SUNDAY
March 25, 2001
volume 12, no. 84

Baptists End Talks with Catholics



    NEW YORK, Mar. 23, 01 (CWNews.com) - The Southern Baptist Convention is ending 30 years of ecumenical work with the Catholic Church, according to a report by Associated Press this week.

    The Rev. R. Philip Roberts, the president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, said that although a 1994 convention resolution endorsed the talks with the Catholic Church, "many Southern Baptists became suspicious of these discussions."

    The talks began in 1971 as an opportunity to promote understanding of shared doctrines as well as differences. The Rev. Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, like Roberts a participant in the talks on the Baptist side, noted that a small faction of Baptists had "a strong and somewhat strident reaction against this." George said, "Ecumenism is not a high priority for most Southern Baptists."

    Two previously scheduled meetings of the 14-member panel will be held, on September 6-8 at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and a final session in 2002. The negotiators hope to issue a document on salvation and a summary report on their contacts.


March 25, 2001
volume 12, no. 84
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