We must raise $3,183 by March 31st to pay critical bills. Essential to continue our mission. Donate now!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican decries leak of Catholic-Orthodox draft statement on papacy

Catholic World News - January 26, 2010

The Pontifical Council for Christian Unity has released a statement decrying the appearance of a leaked document from a joint Catholic-Orthodox theological commission discussing different perceptions of the Petrine ministry.

The draft document, which has been made public on Italian web sites, is only a draft, and “has been only minimally discussed,” the Pontifical Council emphasized. The participants in the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue had promised to keep the talks confidential, the Vatican statement notes; expressing dismay that the draft has become public. "As yet there is no agreed document and, hence, the text published has no authority or official status,” the Vatican statement added.

At a meeting in Cyprus last October, the joint theological commission discussed the role of the Bishop of Rome in the universal Church. The draft document observes that the Western Church soon established a tradition of looking to the Bishop of Rome for leadership, while in the East—although the primacy of Rome was accepted—there was greater emphasis on the authority of each individual bishop within his diocese.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

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 seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our March expenses ($3,183 to go):
$35,000.00 $31,816.87
9% 91%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

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!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jan. 26, 2010 10:05 PM ET USA

    The Vatican can still consult with G Gordon Liddy, a Catholic, on how to proceed to eliminate leaks.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Scientific Evidence for the Creator 16 hours ago
A request for help from our unregistered followers March 25
Catholic movie watching is more important than watching Catholic movies March 25
Cardinal Kasper: Will flattery get him somewhere? March 25
An ecclesiastical battle over Germany March 24

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope announces Jubilee: a Year of Mercy CWN - March 13