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Joint Orthodox-Catholic theological commission finishing meeting dedicated to synodality and primacy

September 22, 2014

A joint Orthodox-Catholic theological commission is concluding its 13th plenary session this week, discussing the topic of “Synodality and Primacy.”

The joint commission, which convenes every two years, is meeting this year in Amman, Jordan, hosted by the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The commission is co-chaired by Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity; and Metropolitan Zizioulas of Pergamon, representing the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople.

This year’s meeting has focused on a draft document on synodality and primacy that was prepared during the last two previous meetings. The joint commission has found difficulty in achieving consensus on theological issues, largely because of resistance from the Russian Orthodox Church.


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  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Sep. 23, 2014 2:08 PM ET USA

    The road to unity passes through Moscow. The ROC is a huge chunk of Orthodoxy and lays claim to almost all the rest of it. Nothing happens until that Church changes its stance. And nothing happens until they become convinced that Jesus said, and meant His followers to say, "I come to serve, not to be served and to give my life for the many." They subscribe to "I come to be served, not to serve and to lord it over the many." Their "You must deal with me;I'm important!" mentality is the roadblock!