|All Things Catholic by John L. Allen, Jr.||Friday, Sept. 29, 2006|
|Vol. 6, No. 5.3|
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After a lengthy hiatus, the official Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic met for the ninth time Sept. 18-25 in Belgrade, Serbia.
In a joint statement afterwards, participants said their time together "was marked by a spirit of friendship and trustful collaboration."
Consulting with experts on Catholic/Orthodox relations, most said the Belgrade session was a vast improvement upon the infamous 2001 gathering in Emmitsburg, Maryland, which ended in paralysis following heated debates over proselytism and the status of Eastern rite churches in communion with Rome (which the Orthodox generally call "uniate" churches).