Thursday, 6 May 2010

...of the Greek Variety

Saint Maximus the Confessor on the universal jurisdiction of the Roman Pontiff:

'How much more in the case of the clergy and Church of the Romans, which from old until now presides over all the churches which are under the sun? Having surely received this canonically, as well as from councils and the apostles, as from the princes of the latter (Peter and Paul), and being numbered in their company, she is subject to no writings or issues in synodical documents, on account of the eminence of her pontificate .....even as in all these things all are equally subject to her (the Church of Rome) according to sacerdotal law. And so when, without fear, but with all holy and becoming confidence, those ministers (the popes) are of the truly firm and immovable rock, that is of the most great and Apostolic Church of Rome.''

Let us pray that the Patriach of Constantiple and the Eastern 'Orthodox' will return to the Faith of their fathers. Talks are currently ongoing which is optimistic, and with the assistence of the Holy Theotokos, all those who profess the name of Christian may be one under the Vicar of Christ.

St. Maximus, pray for us!

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