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To: gbcdoj

To add Patriarch Gregory II's reservation: "Without prejudice to the rights, privileges and honor of the Eastern patriarchs."


39 posted on 10/18/2005 4:35:12 PM PDT by JohnRoss (We need a real conservative in 2008)
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To: JohnRoss
How is the universal jurisdiction of the Pope contrary "to the rights, privileges and honor of the Eastern patriarchs"? Certainly, no such rights or privileges of the Patriarchs were known to the Fathers of the Church. Nor does the Code of Canons for the Eastern Churches see any such contradiction:
Can. 43 The bishop of the Church of Rome, in whom resides the office given in special way by the Lord to Peter, first of the Apostles and to be transmitted to his successors, is head of the college of bishops, the Vicar of Christ and Pastor of the entire Church on earth; therefore, in virtue of his office he enjoys supreme, full, immediate and universal ordinary power in the Church which he can always freely exercise.

Can. 55 According to the most ancient tradition of the Church, already recognized by the first ecumenical councils, the patriarchal institution has existed in the Church; for this reason a special honor is to be accorded to the patriarchs of the Eastern Churches, each of whom presides over his patriarchal Church as father and head.

Can. 56 A patriarch is a bishop who enjoys power over all bishops including metropolitans and other Christian faithful of the Church over which he presides according to the norm of law approved by the supreme authority of the Church.

Can. 58 Patriarchs of Eastern Churches precede all bishops of any degree everywhere in the world, with due regard for special norms of precedence established by the Roman Pontiff.


40 posted on 10/18/2005 4:46:09 PM PDT by gbcdoj (Let us ask the Lord with tears, that according to his will so he would shew his mercy to us Jud 8:17)
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