While this is one opinion from one Metropolitan theologian, it’s a strikingly refreshing bit of optimism for the Universal Church.
Even if the Eastern Church continued in their current format of leadership, it would re-unite them fully to their bishop’s right to be part of the largest element of apostolic succession–to become a pontiff if elected. Right now, they haven’t as much of a say, and they should. It’s now a smaller world and bishops from all over the world can communicate better. The problems of long-distance communication, in part, was what caused the Schism in the first place.
This is different, in my opinion, to ordinariates such as the Anglican-use welcome that Benedict XVI began, but because of the changes in some liturgical norms over 1,000 years, we’d likely have to accommodate a type of ordinariate for such a merge so as not to interrupt our Eastern brother’s rites.
As they say, I’m hopeful, even from this one voice and its opinion, that such a unifying event can happen in my lifetime. It’s a matter of details.
Even after the “bombshell” election of our first “New World” pontiff and his strikingly humble tone, my heart can handle one more bountiful bombshell.