Orthodox Co-Chairman: Metropolitan Methodios of Boston
Catholic Co-Chairman: Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis
The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation was founded in 1965 and is sponsored by the Committee for Ecumenical Relations of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The members of national bilateral dialogue commissions are sanctioned by the hierarchies of the two churches to examine divisive issues, and to make recommendations regarding ways to overcome them. As such, the agreed statements are issued on the authority of the dialogue commission itself, and do not bind the authorities of either church.
A Common Response to theThe Filioque: A Church-Dividing Issue Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue Between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church Regarding the Ravenna Document "Ecclesiological and Canonical Consequences of the Sacramental Nature of the Church: Ecclesial Communion, Conciliarity and Authority" (October 24, 2009)