Over at TitusOneNine there was a notice about a vestry being declared vacant by the Diocesan. In the ensuing discussion a commenter introduced an article regarding the conversation between the Eastern and Western Churches and she was criticized for it. The article she shared was an address by Fr. Thomas Hopko at a forum two years ago. In it he explores the Roman Pontiff’s presidency in world-wide Christianity and the presidency’s impact on Christian unity.
Here is another article in which Ioannis Zizioulas, Metropolitan Bishop of Pergamum, is interviewed about “Catholics [taking] seriously the notion of the full Catholicity of the local Church promoted by Vatican Council II, and [how they] must apply it to their ecclesiology.” In this interview “Zizioulas, takes stock of the debate between Catholics and Orthodox regarding the primacy” and an ecclesiological approach.
In many of the articles that I have read about the discrepancy between the hierarchical structure of the West and the Conciliar orientation (all puns intended) of the East, the 34th Apostolic Canon is invoked. The 34th Apostolic canon states: “The bishops of all peoples should know the first among them and recognize him as the head, and do nothing that exceeds their authority without his consideration. Each should carry out only that which relates to his own diocese and to areas belonging to it. But the first among them should also do nothing without the consideration of all.”
That “the two lungs of the Church” are discussing Unity is something that the Protestant world ignores to its own peril. However we choose to navigate the rough seas, those in Anglican coracles must know where to steer in order to find land and safety.