Constantinople’s attempt to introduce papal power in the Orthodox Church has led to a schism of world Orthodoxy

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The ever more insistent statements made by representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on a radical “rapprochement” between the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church, on a possibility for their forthcoming unification make it necessary to pay special attention to the content of the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue held in the last decades and to issues that divide the Orthodox and Catholics.  Touching upon this topic on the air of the Church and the World program, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, mentioned, among other issues of the dogmatic nature, the issues of the procession of the Holy Spirit and the veneration of the Most Holy Mother of God “Who is venerated in the both traditions but differently.  As His Eminence noted, the principal dividing issue is the authority of the Pope in the Church: “We cannot accept such a model of church order as to have one man who is considered to be infallible, who will have power over all the church Councils. We speak of the Church as Catholic and Apostolic. Under catholicity we understand what in the secular language could be called the collective consciousness of the Church: in our Local Churches, the Patriarch is accountable to the Bishops’ Council, rather than the Bishops’ Council is accountable to the Patriarch”.  There are many other dividing points that have accumulated for almost a millennium-long history of the separate existence of the Orthodox and Catholics, the DECR chairman underlined. 

Constantinople’s attempt to introduce papal power in the Orthodox Church has led to a schism of world Orthodoxy

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