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Benedict XVI Lauds Ecumenical Progress - Greets Bartholomew I for Feast of St. Andrew
| VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2008
Posted on 12/01/2008 10:14:00 AM PST by GonzoII
Benedict XVI Lauds Ecumenical Progress
Greets Bartholomew I for Feast of St. Andrew
VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI says the relationship between Catholics and Orthodox is going deeper and he expressed his trust that the day will come when both Churches will share the celebration of the Eucharist.
The Pope affirmed this in a message that he sent to the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, on the occasion of today's feast of St. Andrew.
"[W]e reflect with joy and thanksgiving that the relations between us are entering progressively deeper levels as we renew our commitment to the path of prayer and dialogue," the Holy Father said. "We trust that our common journey will hasten the arrival of that blessed day when we will praise God together in a shared celebration of the Eucharist. The inner life of our Churches and the challenges of our modem world urgently demand this witness of unity among Christ's disciples."
The Pontiff sent his message with a Vatican delegation that visited Bartholomew I for the festivities of the feast day.
The president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper and Bishop Brian Farrell, respectively, were accompanied by Dominican Father Vladimiro Caroli, of the council, and Archbishop Antonio Lucibello, the apostolic nuncio in Ankara, in the delegation.
Meanwhile in the Vatican, Benedict XVI mentioned the patriarch after he prayed the midday Angelus with crowds in St. Peter's Square.
He explained how Andrew and Peter, as brothers, were both followers of John the Baptist and then became disciples of Jesus and the Lord's baptism in the Jordan, "recognizing him as the Messiah."
"St. Andrew is the patron of the patriarchate of Constantinople and so the Church of Rome feels linked to the Church of Constantinople by a special fraternal bond," Benedict XVI said. "[...] With all my heart, I offer my greeting and my best wishes to him and to the faithful of the patriarchate, invoking the abundance of heavenly blessings upon all."
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TOPICS: Catholic; Ecumenism; Orthodox Christian; Worship
KEYWORDS: bartholomewi; liturgy; pope
May God bless their efforts.
posted on 12/01/2008 10:14:01 AM PST
This is so tremendously exciting! I would like to take this opportunity to offer warm wishes for all the Orthodox Freepers here, with whom the Catholic Freepers have always had a very good rapport.
posted on 12/01/2008 10:34:52 AM PST
("Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light." Ephesians 5:14)
Dittos from this Catholic in Houston to our Orthodox brothers and sisters--Pax Vobiscum!
As much as I would love to see any improvement in Orthodox-Catholic relations, I still tend to have a cynical attitude regarding full union. As most of you know, the Orthodox and Roman Catholic view of ecclesiatical authority if quite different. I need not pontificate (bad choice of words) on that, but I ask the question if a geopolitical undercurrent is happening as well. With the exception of the Patriarch of Moscow, the traditional patriarchates are in Muslim countries—Jerusalem (through under Israel, has to deal with depleted Christian population strangled by a sea of radicalized Muslim Palestinians—and a clergy that is largely Greek. Antioch; the seat located in Damascus, although Christians are not specifically persecuted for their faith by the Assad government, who knows what is going to happen there. Constantinople; we all know Bartholomew is a prisoner in the Phanar. Alexandria—both the Coptic church and the small Orthodox church (mostly Greeks who lived in Egypt) are definitely not having a sun-shiny day with the Muslim Brotherhood shuckin & jivin in the land of the Pharoahs.
The Roman Catholic Church, even with all its problems still represents a bulwark of strength to many. Is it possible the Orthodox (at least part of them) will forsake their disagreements with the Latin Church so it can be under its protection. Under Benedict XVI, I believe the RC Church offers a superior intellectual standing that it hasn’t had in a while as well. JP II was a rock star—Benedict is an intellectual who is willing to get in the boxing ring mind against mind.
posted on 12/01/2008 10:56:31 AM PST
by brooklyn dave
(Four Years of Socialism is a comin'--are you ready for it?)
To: brooklyn dave
“I still tend to have a cynical attitude”
It’s going to take grace to overcome all the problems.
posted on 12/01/2008 1:05:13 PM PST
("That they may be one...Father")
To: brooklyn dave
“Is it possible the Orthodox (at least part of them) will forsake their disagreements with the Latin Church so it can be under its protection.”
posted on 12/01/2008 3:22:09 PM PST
(Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
To: brooklyn dave
Is it possible the Orthodox (at least part of them) will forsake their disagreements with the Latin Church so it can be under its protection
posted on 12/02/2008 11:27:35 AM PST
(Eastern Orthodoxy is pure Christianity)
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