USCCB North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation
The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation brings Orthodox and Catholic representatives together biannually to discuss theological and pastoral issues. The consultation has released statements concerning marriage, baptism, the Eucharist, and the pastoral office, and it also offers formal comments on statements from the global Roman Catholic dialogue with the Byzantine Orthodox Churches. In the twenty-first century dialogue has focused on questions of church structure and unity, including primacy and conciliarity. Efforts to identify a common date for celebrating Easter/Pascha represent another important step forward. The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America is the USCCB's institutional partner in this initiative (the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of America has also been a key partner); since 1997 the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops has also participated. The Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops is a parallel dialogue with yearly meetings for clergy.