Papal Primacy, So Close and Yet So Far
"Relations with the Orthodox Churches have never been so promising as they have since Joseph Ratzinger has been pope," reports Sandro Magister — "The Pope Is the First Among the Patriarchs." Just How Remains to Be Seen. He quotes a document "approved unanimously by both sides" that "highlights the points of agreement and disagreement" in the following
- Both sides agree that . . . that Rome, as the Church that "presides in love" according to the phrase of St Ignatius of Antioch, occupied the first place in the taxis, and that the bishop of Rome was therefore the protos among the patriarchs. They disagree, however, on the interpretation of the historical evidence from this era regarding the prerogatives of the bishop of Rome as protos, a matter that was already understood in different ways in the first millennium.