I have recently had cause to discuss the RDL in another Forum and I wanted to take a poll regarding the view of my fellow Easterns and Orientals (or interested Latins) on the matter.
For preliminaries, as many of you know, I am an advocate of the High Petrine view of the Church, where the head bishop is just as necessary as the body of the rest of the bishops, and vice versa, by virtue of divine/apostolic establishment, and not merely canonical establishment. I reject the Absolutist Petrine view of some Catholics which denies the necessity of the body in favor of the head, and I also just as readily reject the Low Petrine view prevalent in the EOC which denies the necessity of the head in favor of the body.
The situation with the RDL is very interesting. According to the most ancient canon laws, only bishops are permitted to appeal to the Pope, and not lower orders or lay persons. This is because the lower orders and lay persons are under the direct authority of their bishop, not the Pope. It is obvious, this preserves the prerogative of the bishops.
I’ve just found out that for the last two years, laypersons and priests have been appealing to the Pope to overturn the decision of the Synods. Apparently, the Pope has not been listening. The fact is, the Pope is not canonically authorized to accept such appeals from the lower clergy and laypersons. Only a bishop can make such an appeal, Unfortunately, all the Ruthenian bishops approve the RDL.
So what is the Ruthenian Catholic to do? The Pope is simply acting within his divine and canonical mandates. Or is he? Much as I hate to admit it, It seems the only recourse would be to admit the Absolutist Petrine view (the Pope overrules the Synod).
The poll selections cover the possible solutions to the situations. I would appreciate your input.
BTW, you may vote for more than one option.