"Edited by Christopher Hill and E.J. Yarnold, SJ".
At head of cover title: The ARCIC documents and their reception.
"Collection of documents about the work of the first Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) (1969-1981)". -- p. 3.
Includes bibliographical references, pp. 343-344.
"The scope of this books is thus to bring together with the text of the Final Report [of ARCIC I} a significant range of official evaluation, comment and explanation. Official comment is carefully distinguished from commendation by members of ARCIC, and outside 'expert opinion' is a third distinct category." -- Intro., p. 4.
Contents divided into sections: Introduction -- Official Comments -- Comments by Members of ARCIC -- Expert Opinion -- Conclusion -- Sources.
Contents of Introduction section: 1. The Scope of this Book / Christopher Hill -- 2. The History of ARCIC I / Edward Yarnold -- 3. The 'Common Declaration' by Pope Paul VI and the Archbishop of Canterbury (Michael Ramsey) (1966) -- 4. ARCIC I : The Final Report (1982).
Contents of Official Comments section: 5. The Observations of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the Final Report of ARCIC I (1982) -- 6. Letter by Cardinal J. Ratzinger (Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) to Bishop Alan Clark (Roman Catholic Co-Chairman of ARCIC I) (1982) -- 7. Response to the Final Report of ARCIC I by the Roman Catholic Bishops; Conference of England and Wales (1985) -- 8. Church of England Faith and Order Advisory Group on the Final Report of ARCIC I (1985) -- 9. The 1988 Lambeth Conference : Resolution 8 and Explanatory Note regarding ARCIC I -- 10. The Official Roman Catholic Response to the Final Report of ARCIC I (1991) -- 11. Roman Catholic Bishops' Response of England and Wales : Statement on the Roman Catholic Official Response (1991) -- 12. Comments of the Archbishop of Canterbury (George Carey) on the Official Roman Catholic Response (1991) -- 13. An Extract from Pope John Paul II's Address to a Group of English Roman Catholic Bishops (1992) -- 14. French Roman Catholic Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity : Concerning the Holy See's Response to the Final Report of ARCIC I (1992) -- 15. An Extract from an Account of a Meeting between Pope John Paul II and the Archbishop of Canterbury (George Carey) (1992) -- 16. Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the United States : Agreed Statement on the Lambeth and Vatican Responses to ARCIC I (1992) -- 17. ARCIC II : Requested Clarifications on Eucharist and Ministry (1993) -- 18. Letter by Cardinal E. Cassidy (President of the Pontifical Council for the Unity of Christians) to the Co-Chairmen of ARCIC II (1994).
Contents of Comments by Members of ARCIC section: Unfinished Business (1992) / Henry Chadwick -- The Fundamental Question of Ecumenical Method (1992) / Christopher Hill -- Roman Catholic Responses to ARCIC I and ARCIC II (1993) / Edward Yarnold.
Contents of Expert Opinion section: Anglican-Catholic Dialogue : its Problems and Hopes (1983) / Cardinal Josef Ratzinger -- An Extract from an Open Letter to the Anglican Communion (1988) / Executive Committee of the Evangelical Fellowship of the Anglican Communion (1988) -- The Vatican Response to ARCIC I (1992) / Francis Sullivan -- Ordained Ministry in the Catholic Response to ARCIC (1992) / Jos Vercruysse -- Marginal Notes on the Response to ARCIC I (1992) / John McHugh.
Contents of Conclusion section: Summary / Christopher Hill -- Conclusion : What Next ? / Edward Yarnold.
"Our three Bishops' Conferences of England and Wales, Ireland, and Scotland have produced this teaching document as a way of reaffirming the place of the Mass at the very centre of our Catholic life. We commend it to all Catholics in Britain and Ireland as a source of study and reflection. ..... We offer it also to our fellow Christians with the hope that it will help to clarify what the Catholic Church believes about the Eucharist. At the end of this document we present our general norms on sacramental sharing between Catholics and other Christians in our countries". -- Foreword, p. 5.
"For historical and theological reasons, there are special difficulties with regard to Anglican orders. These remain unresolved ... We are very much aware that this is a sensitive question ... However, we have to say to members of the Catholic community in our countries that it is not permissible for Catholics to receive Holy Communion, or the sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick, from ministers of the Anglican Communion ...". -- para. 117, pp. 73-74.