Ecumenical Patriarch reaffirms commitment to Christian unity
CWN - July 13, 2012
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has reaffirmed the See of Constantinople’s commitment to work for Christian unity.
Patriarch Bartholomew, who has held office since 1991, said that his predecessor Patriarch Athenagoras
was criticized at the time for the openness he had demonstrated. Our Ecumenical Patriarchate, then as now, is continuously criticized for the ecumenical dialogue it pursues, as if it were our wish to sell Orthodoxy. Nothing is more unfounded. And yet today is no longer the epoch of egoistic withdrawal into self, autarchy and self-sufficiency.
“Only through dialogue that it is possible to attain agreement, rapprochement and reconciliation” among Christians, Patriarch Bartholomew added.
The Ecumenical Patriarch holds a primacy of honor, though not of jurisdiction, among the autocephalous Eastern Orthodox churches. The Ecumenical Patriarchate has 3.5 million members, while the largest Orthodox church (the Russian Orthodox) has 110 million members.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our March expenses ($25,814 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!
Posted by: John Chrysostom -
Jul. 13, 2012 9:20 PM ET USA
While we can't make light of the ongoing issues, I find myself very sympathetic to Pope John Paul the Great's comment: "All that is lacking for full communion is full communion."
Posted by: AgnesDay -
Jul. 13, 2012 5:25 PM ET USA
I very much admire Patriarch Bartholemew, a courageous, learned and far-seeing man. I have to admire those who elected him, as well.