Assyrian Catholic Apostolic Diocese (ACAD) – PRESS RELEASE

On Thursday; January 17, 2008, the “Day of Thanksgiving” of the Rogation
of the Ninevites, for which day the Gospel says, “On that day you will not
question me about anything. Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the
Father in my name he will give you” (John 16:23), the Clergy Conference of
the Assyrian Catholic Apostolic Diocese (ACAD) met in Dublin, California,
to discuss the current situation and consider future plans for reestablishing
communion with other Christians, in order to end their ecclesial isolation.
After praying to the Father and reflecting on the Scriptures and Tradition,
the attendees unanimously adopted a “Declaration of Intention” in which
they state their resolution “to enter full communion with the Catholic
Church” and “to resume church unity with the Chaldean Catholic Church.”
As a result, they foresee that this declaration will initiate a process of
negotiation with respective Church authorities to define a concrete model of
this union, in which the particularity of our apostolic tradition is preserved.
Present at this Clergy Conference were H.G. Bishop Mar Bawai Soro, four
priests and sixteen deacons. Two more priests and fourteen other deacons of
ACAD have also sent in advance their signed proxies in support of this
Declaration. The gathered members ask all their brothers and sisters in
Christ to pray for this noble intention so that each and every effort will
contribute to the glory of God and the fulfillment of Christ’s prayer for His
Holy Church “That they all may be one”. (John 17:21)