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Centre for Catholic Studies

Centre for Catholic Studies

Catholic Theology in the Public Academy

Founded in 2008, the Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) at Durham University represents a creative partnership between academy and church: a centre within the pluralist, public academy for critically constructive Catholic studies of the highest academic standing.

In the 2017-2018 academic year the CCS is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Explore this website and/or view the CCS prospectus to find out more about the Centre's work.



First Agreed Statement from ARCIC III: The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (Phase 3)

Following seven years of work, the first ‘Agreed Statement’ (a 68 page document) to emerge from ARCIC III, Walking Together on the Way: Learning to Be the Church – Local, Regional, Universal, went live on 2 July 2018. It can be read here. Shaped by the Durham University Centre for Catholic Studies' method of Receptive Ecumenism, the statement focusses on the need for ecclesial conversion and reform by the churches of the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church learning from each other in relation to their respective wounds and difficulties.

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Call for Papers

From Rebellion to Reconciliation: Anglican-Catholic Relations from 1569 to the Present - Regional, National, and International Perspectives

2019 marks the 450th anniversary of The Northern Rebellion (or Rising of the Northern Earls), an event tied to the excommunication of Queen Elizabeth I by Pope Pius V in 1570, and arguably the decisive rupture between the Church of England and the Catholic Church in communion with the Bishop of Rome. The city, cathedral and county of Durham was at the centre of the uprising of 1569. However, in recent decades Durham has become associated with dialogue and collaboration between the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church, a cause strongly identified with Archbishop Michael Ramsey, Bishop of Durham from 1952 to 1956.

September 2019 will see a three-day conference mark the 450th anniversary of the Rising, considering and reviewing all aspects of Anglican-Catholic relations in the four and a half centuries since 1569 and the direction of this relationship in the twenty-first century.

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Research Programme Areas



View the CCS prospectus.

Development Brochure

View the CCS 10th Anniversary Development Brochure: Shaping the Future of Catholic Theology in the Public Academy; Development Priorities for the Next 10 Years and Beyond.