By CHARLENE SPRETNAK

Last spring the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission surprised ecumenical circles worldwide when it released a joint statement on doctrinal matters related to the Virgin Mary, “Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ.” Reporting on the document for NCR on June 3, John L. Allen predicted that the Seattle Statement, as the document is subtitled, may well come to be seen as a “significant turning point” in ecumenism. I hope he’s right.

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