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Vatican Appoints Bishop Burbidge to Co-Chair Ecumenical Dialog

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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge has been appointed by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity to the position of Catholic Co-Chair of the Pentecostal/Catholic International Dialogue. Since 1972 the Church has been involved in an official theological dialog with some Classical Pentecostal leaders and Churches. Five rounds of conversations have taken place so far, with each producing a report. The most recent report, published in 2008, concerned insights on the concept of Conversion, derived from Scripture, the writings of the Church Fathers and contemporary theological thought.

The sixth phase of the Dialog, which the Bishop will co-chair, will focus on Charisms in the Church: Their Spiritual Significance, Discernment and Pastoral Implications. The members of the team will meet in six-day sessions annually for the next five years. The first session, scheduled for June 10-16 in Rome, will take as its theme “Charisms in the Church: Our Common Ground.”

“I am deeply honored to have been appointed to this position,” Bishop Burbidge said. “This Dialogue will allow me to work closely with renowned theologians and skilled biblical scholars throughout the world in a dynamic exchange of gifts. It is a gradual process that, with God’s grace, will lead to mutual understanding and a true spirit of collaboration. I respectfully ask all the faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh to pray for the spiritual success of this endeavor.”