"Submitted to the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity".
"[W]e offer to the world-wide Church a positive and hopeful outlook on The Final Report. The task of bringing together two different but related ecclesial traditions such as those of the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church while respecting their identities is a delicate one. We believe it can be achieved. The theological and human issues raised by The Final Report are complex, but together, in openness to the Lord's gift of koinonia,we can build a unity which fosters rather than stifles diversity. We can because we must: 'Give what you command, and command what you will'. (Augustine, Confessions, 10, 29)" -- Intro., p. 2.
Contents divided into five main sections: Introduction -- On the Eucharist -- On Ministry and Ordination -- On Authority in the Church -- Conclusion.
On the Eucharist section divided into sub-sections: 1. Eucharistic Sacrifice -- 2. The Presence of Christ -- 3. Reservation.
On Ministry and Ordination section divided into sub-sections: 1. The Divine Origin of the Ordained Ministry -- 2. The Emergence of the Threefold Ordering of the Ordained Ministry -- 3. The Relationship of the Ordained Ministry to Other Ministries in the Church -- 4. The Functions and Priestly Character of the Ordained Ministry -- 5. Ordination: An Unrepeatable Sacrament -- 6. Apostolic Succession -- 7. Recognition of Anglican Ordinations -- 8. Ordination of Women.
On Authority in the Church section divided into sub-sections: 1. Universal Primacy -- 2. Jurisdiction -- 3. Scripture and Tradition -- 4. Infallibility -- 5. Marian Definitions.
Two page response, dated December 6, 1991, by Archbishop Michael Peers on Anglican Church of Canada letterhead. Also includes response of the Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, to the official response of the Roman Catholic Church to "The Final Report" of ARCIC I and text of Roman Catholic response. Carey response is in the form of a 12 page document from the Anglican Communion Office, dated "4 December 1991", "EMBARGOED: 12 Noon, 5 December 1991" with title "Archbishop of Canterbury comments on Roman Catholic Response to ARCIC I".
"[B]y The Rt. Rev. John S. Spong, Anglican Bishop of Newark, New Jersey".
Text of "an address ... given by the Rt. Rev. John Spong S. Spong, Bishop of Newark, to an adult study group at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Montclair, New Jersey on Sunday 5 April ".
Text of one-page Press release, with title "News from the diocese of Newark" dated 31 March 1992 laid in.
"Spong will cite the major barriers he believes to be at the hear of the current impasse between the two communions. The issues, according to Spong, are: (1) the attitude of the Roman Catholic Church toward women. (2) the attitude of the Roman Catholic Church toward homosexuality, and (3) the claim by the Roman Catholic Church of its own infallibility". -- Press release.
"Yet despite the tremendous indebtedness that I feel to the Roman Catholic Church for these gifts, I must also state openly and honestly that the ecumenical movement has in the past quarter century for me deteriorated dramatically. In particular the growing hope that once marked the dialogue between Anglicans and Roman Catholics at official levels is suffering from what many regard as a terminal illness. The official position of the ecumenical relations between these two world bodies has degenerated to the place where any points of difference or disagreement at all stated by any non-Roman Catholic seems to be greeted by anguished screams from the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church and the label 'Catholic-bashing' is bandied about recklessly and inappropriately by these Catholic leaders" (p. 2).
"The day will come, but it will not be in my lifetime nor in the lifetime of John Paul II. when ecumenical union will have a new and better chance to succeed in making us all one in the Body of Christ. I am content to let that day come as I am certain it will. .... But the basis for that union is simply not present today and I dare to state from my side, why that is so" (p. 18).