Please consider my disclaimer: I am just trying to understand something here. I don’t need to hear a talk on the glory of ecumenism, et cetera.
I recently watched a short video interview that the Holy Father gave to a pentecostal protestant pastor on his cellphone, Anthony Palmer.
Just to clarify - since I did not know this - Pentecostalism is a XXth century heresy that derives from the Methodist heresy of Wesley et al., which in turn springs forth from a schism in the Anglican ecclesial community, whose Holy Orders were declared “absolutely null and utterly void” (which is why Anglican pastors who convert and enter one of the three Catholic Ordinariates have to be validly ordained by a Catholic bishop).
Now, in this (quite informal, and obviously not magisterial) video, the Holy Father refers to this Pentecostal pastor as “my brother bishop”.
I am deeply confused by this, which was totally unexpected. How are we to understand this remark?
Was it a matter of common courtesy to address this man as bishop even though, of course, he is only a layman, or are we to gather an implication that somewhat this man is a valid successor of the apostles just like him who is the successor of Peter?
I understand the common courtesy and all that, but I also understood that there are only very few Churches (ex. some Eastern Churches in schism) whose Holy Orders are considered to be valid, and which are thus considered “apostolic” (ex. the Coptic Church, whose Patriarch is considered a valid successor of the apostle Mark) and that all other groups were not considered as having valid Holy Orders and as such are called ecclesial communities rather than Churches.