Monday, November 19, 2007

Christendom's Greatest Joy - Islam's Greatest Fear
A united Christianity

As I've posted the past few days concerning The Traditional Anglican Communion converting en masse back to The Mother Church of their ancestors, I've also wanted to point out a rather earth-shaking bit of news out of Ravenna, Italy. Here's just a bit;

Vatican hails "step" to healing Orthodox rift
By Phil Stewart

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican has praised an agreement between Roman Catholic and Orthodox theologians as a first step towards a possible healing of their millennium-long schism but said the road ahead was long and arduous.

The Vatican issued on Thursday a joint declaration agreed last month that said the Pope held the highest rank in the unified Church before the 1054 Great Schism -- a statement that could allow Catholics and Orthodox to work more closely. But the document made clear neither side yet agreed on what power came with that rank. The Orthodox in the old Byzantine Empire rejected the universal authority of the Roman Pontiff and gradually developed autonomous national churches with no papacy.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, head of the Vatican department promoting Christian unity, said the document gave Catholics hope but cautioned there was still a very long way to go before Catholics and Orthodox could speak of any kind of unity. "This document is a modest first step and as such one of hope. But we must not exaggerate its importance," he told Vatican radio late on Wednesday ahead of the document's release. "This will not be easy. The road is very long and difficult."

Personally, I foresee a slow "coming around" of the various Orthodox Churches. Remember, there are literally dozens of various branches of Orthodoxy... Russian, Syrian, Greek, Serbian, Ethiopian, Malabar, Coptic, etc. Also, let's not forget that The Holy Father recently referred to the various Orthodox, unlike the Protestantism, as "Sister Churches".

To get a little, you gotta give a little. The Holy Father has declared Orthodoxy as Sister Churches; the Orthodox recognize the Bishop of Rome as the highest ranking of all the Patriarchs. As Cardinal Kaspar said; "This will not be easy. The road is very long and difficult".

I predict inter-Communion within the next few short years, if not sooner. And I can think of no greater obstical to Eurabia than a united Christendom.

Thank God for Pope Benedict.


Blogger Coffee Catholic said...

Thank God for Pope Benedict indeed!! He's the very shield we need to hold back Eurabia!

6:29 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Not just Islam's greatest fear - but the greatest fear of all enemies of Christianity.

Prayers that this comes to fruition, for united Christians are the only ones who will save the secular world from the morass of shari'a law.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

As usual, you hit that nail on the head! As soon as I saw the news about the beginning of the healing of the 900+ year rift, I knew it would not play well with the moslems.

11:16 AM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

I was thinking the same thing--in fact, that, and the Russian Orthodox desire to stand against modernism (the heresy) may well be over-riding concerns, in the temporal realm, for everyone.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

Now you know the THIRD reason for B-16's revivification of the Old Rite.

The Orthodox were death on the LooseyGoosey-ism of the New Rite...

3:28 PM  
Blogger St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

We'll see, but it sounds like the Russian Orthodox will be the last to agree to any of this, as they stormed out of the Ravenna meeting in a huff.

12:53 PM  
Blogger highchurchman said...

Dear Colleague,

The Orthodox and indeed the Traditional Anglicans have always claimed to follow the 7 Ecumenical Councils. It was the Fathers of these same Councils that proclaimed The Bishop of Rome as the Patriarch of the Western Church! Why then should the Orthodox or Traditional Anglicans have any problem in accepting the title as far as the present pope is concerned? The real question is will it progress re-union when these people already accept this papal title?

8:31 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Accepting primacy and supremacy are two different things.

4:22 PM  

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