There have been several recent threads which, although only tangentially related to this subject, nonetheless have featured comment (ranging from factual to highly polemic) regarding both the status of ecumenical efforts toward reunion and, more profoundly, questioning the wisdom and necessity of ecumenism itself even in the context of dialogue among the Apostolic Churches.
In addition, there has been frequent mention of the role of the Eastern Catholic Churches, which is why I chose to post this here in the Eastern Catholic forum. While this is not meant to imply that the Eastern Catholic Churches are indeed the “bridge” to the East as often asserted (and refuted), the position of the ECCs within the Catholic Communion is essential to the dialogue and deserves careful consideration. None other than the eloquent Metropolitan Kallistos Ware speaks of this often, as he did near the beginning of this February 2010 speech on the Catholic-Orthodox dialogue.
With prayerful hope for open, honest and non-polemic discussion among the many knowledgeable and well-informed CAF contributors (Catholic, Orthodox and otherwise) this thread is intended to explore the current state of Orthodox-Catholic relations and progress toward meaningful reconciliation and reunion. Reference is made here at the onset to the work of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, which last met in September 2010 (some seven months or so after the referenced lecture of Metropolitan Kallistos), for a second plenary session dedicated to the subject of the “Role of the Bishop of Rome in the Communion of the Church in the First Millennium”.
As there has been a bit of a lull in the formal dialogue and not much mention out of Rome of late (or so it seems), this might be an opportune moment to reflect and share perspective from both sides.
Again, hoping to have a fact-based exchange from both perspectives.