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Posted on 12/17/2012 12:55:51 PM PST by marshmallow
CONSTANTINOPLE (OCL) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is attempting to inaugurate a new path and new dynamics of rapprochement and reconciliation with the Roman Catholic Church in conjunction with the Theological Dialogue working towards the Eucharistic Union of the Churches.
In his speech to the Delegation of the Church of Rome headed by Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, at the Thronal Feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the feast day of St. Andrew the First Called Apostle, the patriarch said on November 30 that the uniqueness of the founders of our Churches, of Elder Rome and of New Rome, the Holy Apostles Peter and Andrew, as brothers according to the flesh, constitutes a motivation for both of our Churches to move toward the genuine experience of spiritual brotherhood and the restoration of communion in this same spirit, in truth and in love.
The patriarch went on saying that unfortunately, throughout the course of the centuries, this brotherhood has been deeply wounded and as a result, the spiritual unity of our Churches has been disrupted.
For centuries, theologians, as well as personalities in both Churches, spent their energy not in the context of dialogue, but rather in promoting and supporting their own positions, not taking into consideration that of St. John Chrysostom, Thou hast spoken once, perhaps, and he hath not heard. Speak therefore twice, and thrice, and as often as it may be, till thou hast persuaded him. Every day God is addressing us, and we do not hear; and yet He does not leave off speaking.
Bartholomew desires to make a new beginning that it why he proposed that it is already empirically evident that the conviction has matured in the hearts of both sides, namely that, from this.....
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The reunification of the Church, reuniting East and West, recovering from the Great Schism of 1054, maybe the only hope of Western Civilization in general and Europe in particular.
I agree to the importance, but it will not be easy. Some of the theological differences can be overcome, like the filioque, but others, like the Immaculate Conception, original sin, and especially the role of the Papacy (Papal Infallibility), will be very difficult indeed.
The hurdles to reunification are indeed high. However, that this call for (eventual) unity is coming from the Orthodox side is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. I am much more optimistic about this issue than I was five years ago.
Very good to hear that Christian denominations are working toward closer cooperation and greater mutual respect.That’s clearly the way our Lord and Savior wants it.
“The reunification of the Church, reuniting East and West, recovering from the Great Schism of 1054, maybe the only hope of Western Civilization in general and Europe in particular.”
Nope. The reunification would be wonderful, but all the West needs to do is simply rediscover what it has forgotten, not reunify with what left it. The heart of the Catholic world was never overwhelmed by Islam for instance. Can the heart of the Orthodox world claim as much? Was the Catholic world overwhelmed by communism when much of the Orthodox world was? Nope. You might need two lungs to breathe fully, but you only need one heart and one good lung to put up one hell of a fight. Europe has forgotten its heart - the Catholic faith - and no guy in Istanbul, er...I mean...Constantinople can give it back because he never had it in the first place.
Well we Catholics have a good and holy Pope right now at the present time. Just got one of his books about Jesus, his most recent.