Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Proto-Protestant Protestation

This blogger's pollyannaism over the "positive advances... made towards full communion" — Healing the Great Schism of 1054 — is exposed for what it was — Moscow Patriarchate freezes ecumenical journey: pope never commanded in the East.

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the report informs us, "says that 'no breakthrough has been made,' on the theme of the meeting, that of the role of the bishop of Rome in the first millennium, and moreover challenges the very foundation of the meeting, denying that the pope ever had jurisdiction over the Eastern Churches." This counters previous calls by Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon "[f]or the Orthodox" to "recogniz[e] that a universal Christian Church is at a higher level than their national churches and the bishop of Rome is the traditional leader" and at the same time "[f]or Catholics" a "strengthening [of] the principle of collegiality, that is the role of the synods of bishops in decision-making."

(An example of this "principle of collegiality" is mentioned in the article describing "the previous meeting of the Commission... at which the Moscow Patriarchate did not participate due to the presence of the Estonian Orthodox Church, which it does not recognize" [emphasis mine].

Said Metroplotan Hilarion, "The Bishop of Rome had no direct jurisdiction over the East, despite the fact that in some cases, the Eastern bishops have called upon him as a arbitrator in theological discussions" [emphasis mine]. Roma locuta est. Causa finita est.

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