Friday, February 03, 2006

Bridging the chasm

This was going to be posted yesterday, but Blogger wasn't functioning for some reason. So here it is a day late.

Is it any wonder that schism and chasm are two short little words that share four letters? Just an observation there. I should look and see what (if any) relationship there is between the two in the English language.

In any case, Zenit had a article a few days ago on the third meeting of the Mixed International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches that took place in Armenia. The meeting was hosted by His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians. Karekin II is head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, which is neither Catholic or Orthodox, but rather "separated both from Rome as well as from the Byzantine Orthodox Churches at the Council of Chalcedon in 451."

Aside from the host, the meeting had three topics, which should be familiar by now.

The three topics were: "bishops in the apostolic succession, the relationship between primacy and synods/collegiality, and the functioning and ecclesiological importance of synods at the local and ecumenical level."

Two expositions were presented on each of these topics, one Catholic, the other Orthodox.

Nothing official has emerged from the meeting yet aside from the communique from the Holy See. It should be interesting.

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