[quote=Catholic Dude]I was reading the official web page of the Patriarch of Constantinople and I noticed something:His All Holiness, BARTHOLOMEW, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch is the 270th successor of the 2,000 year-old local Christian Church founded by St. Andrew.
If Im not mistaking St Andrew was the younger brother of St Peter. On those grounds I would expect the chair of Peter to hold primacy over the universal Church, not his younger brother. I think this is very significant in the overall outlook of the PoC claiming the authority it does and that the CC is the separated body.
Its also interesting to note that they keep the term “New Rome”
Peace be with you!
It is also interesting how the Orthodox Church says that ALL Apostolic Sees are supposed to be equal, and yet the Patriarch of Constantinople is the ONLY one who uses the term “His **All **Holiness”. Even the Patriarch of the West, the pope, (who, historically, has been viewed by the East as a sort of “first among equals” and is still viewed as their brother Patriarch) is referred to as “His Holiness”. The Orthodox Church also says that the pope is not a universal bishop overseeing the whole Church, and yet the Patriarch of Constantinople is the ONLY one who calls himself the Universal Bishop (Ecumenical Patriarch). The pope doesn’t even use that title.
But it is true that he is the successor of that old church, and it is true that Constantinople is the “New Rome”, so I don’t really have much of a problem with that part.