[quote=Intrigued Latin]Why would HH PJP II concelebrate the Eucharist with His All Holiness Bartholomew I (Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch) if he did not want us to embrace our Orthodox Sister Churches ?
John Paul II absolutely wants an embrace of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and attendance at Divine Liturgies of the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches is certainly in keeping with the hope for reunion of the Churches. However, see below
[quote=BobCatholic]There’s a difference between embracing our Orthodox Sister Churches as friends and fellow Christians and falling into the error of saying that one can fulfill one’s Sunday obglibation by attending a schismatic Church. I’m trying to avoid the latter.
Bob is actually correct as regards the fulfillment by a Latin Catholic of one’s Sunday obligation. A Latin can only fulfill that obligation by attending an Orthodox Divine Liturgy if there is no Catholic church available. An Eastern Catholic, however, can fulfill his/her obligation by attendance at an Orthodox Divine Liturgy. That said, and understanding the limitations vis-a-vis fulfillment of the Sunday obligation, there is no reason why a Latin cannot attend and participate (except for reception of the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist, which the Orthodox will generally not allow) in an Orthodox Divine Liturgy
[quote=GrzeszDel]The pope did not concelebrate the sacrifice with Bartholomew I. The pope celebrated the liturgy; Bartholomew was merely present. He gave a homily, but he was not at the altar as the sacrifice was being offered and he did not receive communion. This is not nothing, to be sure, and I think it does indicate that the Holy Father wants a greater unity between the two separated communions, but it would be a mistake to make more of this than it really is.
GrzeszDeL is also correct in noting that Patriarch Bartholomew did not concelebrate with Pope John Paul II. To have done so would have violated the canons of both their Churches and would have rocked the Orthodox world.