First Council of Constantinople


#1

Greetings, I was wondering if someone could explain to me the authority of the Pope into other dioceses based on Canon Two of the second ecumentical council:
Canon 2. The bishops are not to go beyond their dioceses to churches lying outside of their bounds, nor bring confusion on the churches; but let the Bishop of Alexandria, according to the canons, alone administer the affairs of Egypt; and let the bishops of the East manage the East alone, the privileges of the Church in Antioch, which are mentioned in the canons of Nice, being preserved; and let the bishops of the Asian Diocese administer the Asian affairs only; and the Pontic bishops only Pontic matters; and the Thracian bishops only Thracian affairs. And let not bishops go beyond their dioceses for ordination or any other ecclesiastical ministrations, unless they be invited. And the aforesaid canon concerning dioceses being observed, it is evident that the synod of every province will administer the affairs of that particular province as was decreed at Nice. But the Churches of God in heathen nations must be governed according to the custom which has prevailed from the times of the Fathers.


#2

[quote=Cody]Greetings, I was wondering if someone could explain to me the authority of the Pope into other dioceses based on Canon Two of the second ecumentical council:
Canon 2. The bishops are not to go beyond their dioceses to churches lying outside of their bounds, nor bring confusion on the churches; but let the Bishop of Alexandria, according to the canons, alone administer the affairs of Egypt; and let the bishops of the East manage the East alone, the privileges of the Church in Antioch, which are mentioned in the canons of Nice, being preserved; and let the bishops of the Asian Diocese administer the Asian affairs only; and the Pontic bishops only Pontic matters; and the Thracian bishops only Thracian affairs. And let not bishops go beyond their dioceses for ordination or any other ecclesiastical ministrations, unless they be invited. And the aforesaid canon concerning dioceses being observed, it is evident that the synod of every province will administer the affairs of that particular province as was decreed at Nice. But the Churches of God in heathen nations must be governed according to the custom which has prevailed from the times of the Fathers.
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As a Bishop of the Roman Church, the Popes authority extends to the See of Rome. As Patriarch of the West, the Popes authority covers all Western Christians. Currently the Patriarch of Antioch has the title of “Patriarch of Antioch and all the East” and as such the hierarchy of the Eastern rite Churches answer to him, not the Pope. The Patriarch works with the Pope in the governance of the Church as a Cardinal and fellow Bishop and the Pope oversees activity in the East through the Confraternity of Eastern Rites. The Pope isnt the whole Apostolic College all by himself. The Apostolic Sees are not autonomous. The Patriarchs are to work together, with the Petrine ministry having the Primacy, just as the Apostles did. They are not to step on each others toes, which is what that Canon is all about.


#3

Thank you very much Metal!


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