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Is There a Breakthrough in Orthodox and Catholic Relations? Comments

Has the Patriarch of Constantinople proposed a path toward communion between Eastern Catholics and their Orthodox brethren? Could it be a breakthrough? Continue Reading

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  1. Pete
    6 years ago

    In addition to Saint Augustine, St. Justin Martyr wrote in his First Apology (46):
    "We have been taught that Christ is the first-begotten of God, and we have declared him to be the Logos of which all mankind partakes [John 1:9]. Those, therefore, who lived according to reason [Greek, logos] were really Christians, even though they were thought to be atheists, such as, among the Greeks, Socrates, Heraclitus, and others like them. . . . Those who lived before Christ but did not live according to reason [logos] were wicked men, and enemies of Christ, and murderers of those who did live according to reason [logos], whereas those who lived then or who live now according to reason [logos] are Christians. Such as these can be confident and unafraid".
    Actually, the Orthodox do believe that Mary was without sin for her entire life - they just don't share the Roman Catholic Church's views on original sin.
    It is comforting that the Catholic and Orthodox Churches are genuinely looking for union - but, shouldn't they deal with some of their differences first? Even during the early Church when they were one, there were differences in how Catholic/Orthodox doctrine was expressed - but there was a certain unity which kept them together. Perhaps we should look to the first millennium Church as a model for how it can be organized in our time.

  2. A. R. B. Linderman
    6 years ago

    After centuries of division, reunion would be a blessing of unimaginable proportions. It's the sort of thing one almost dare not imagine happening in our lifetimes... And yet we do hope. "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in."

  3. Ted Jankowski
    6 years ago

    Saint Augustine concernig ecumenical theology
    "Extra Ecclesiam catholicam totum potest praeter salutem. Potest habere honorem, potest habere Sacramenta, potest cantare Alleluia, potest respondere Amen, potest Evangelium tenere, potest in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus sancti fidem habere et praedicare: sed nusquam nisi in Ecclesia catholica salutem poterit invenire."
    Saint Augustine, Sermon ad Caesareensis ecclesiae, Patrologia Latina, v. 43, par. 695.
    [Outside the Catholic Church you can do everything except saving your soul. You can give honour, you can receive Sacraments, you can sing Alleluia and you can respond "Amen" you can preach the Gospel you can promote and promulgate the belief in the Name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit but only exclusively in the Catholic Church you can find Salvation. (in house transalation)]

  4. Tony
    6 years ago

    As a traditional Catholic in communion with Rome, it would be a great day to celebrate in all of Orthodox Christiendom when these two great churches are together again. Father as your Son once allowed his bones to to be seperated in order to unite his people and give them to you, so do I now I ask you to remember this sacrifice of Jesus for the sake of unifing all of the Orthodox churches of the world again and thereby heal the broken body of Christ our Lord. Amen. Most Holy Trinity, we love and trust you!

  5. Thomas C. Coleman, Jr.
    6 years ago

    It is somewhat misleading to describe Eastern Rite Catholics as "...remaining faithful to Othodoxy, in thier profession of faith..." Unlike thier Orthdox brothers, Eastern Catholics embrace both the doctrine of purgatory and the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. I don't know if that's a big deal to anyone, but it is the truth.

  6. Eleni
    6 years ago

    As a Greek Orthodox Christian, I would be ecstatic if our two Churches came together again some day. If it is the Will of God, of course. Here is to hoping.


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