These sessions commenced two years ago at the Catholicosate, in Antelias, upon the proposition of the Old Catholic Church, and aim to bring clarification about the churches' position and theology in regards to various topics of contemporary relevance, through academic discussions. This year, the subjects under examination were the Sacrament of Baptism and Euthanasia.
In his closing remarks, His Holiness Aram I stated that given that these discussions are not in the form of a theological dialogue per se, they do not intend to reach conclusions, but to discuss the issues under the light of socio-cultural situations. He continued that today’s world has changed and the confessional and theological differences, which have created divisions among the churches in the past, have lost their contemporality. His Holiness concluded by underlining the importance of bringing sociological, psychological, medical, economical and cultural conversations into these discussions.
Note that the Catholicosate of Cilicia was represented by Prof. Teny Pirri-Simonian, professor of religion and ethics at the Webster University in Geneva, V. Rev. Fr. Boghos Tinkjian, Dean of the Seminary, and V. Rev. Fr. Hrant Tahanian, Director of the Ecumenical Relations Department.