Patriarch of Constantinople: Catholic-Orthodox Re-Union now inevitable?
It began in 1054, when a Patriarch named Michael Caerularius (as documented in the Catholic Encyclopedia) in a brazenly schismatic act, had the Holy Eucharist trampled upon because it was Consecrated in Azyme or Unleavened Bread. Two General Councils, Lyons II and Florence, tried to end the schism. Is the end of this tragic schism finally in sight? Is the return of the Orthodox to Catholic Faith and Catholic Unity with the Throne of St. Peter now certain? It looks like it, from the below. Patriarch Bartholomew would only need to profess the Filioque, Immaculate Conception and other dogmas, and receive faculties from the Catholic Church to become the legitimately installed Catholic Patriarch of Constantinople. Thoughts? Link

Papal and Collegial Consecration of Russia would speed up the process.

"Head of Phanar in Athos persuades monks to unite with Catholics

 25 November 2019, 19:12  Elena Konstantinova 166774

Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople with the brethren of Athos at the service at the Notre Dame de Saint-Remy Abbey in Rochefort. Photo: Facebook

The Patriarch of Constantinople believes that only historical differences rather than dogmas separate Orthodoxy and Catholicism, hence their unity is inevitable.

Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople stated that there are only historical rather than dogmatic controversies between Orthodox Christians and Catholics. He said this during his last visit to the Holy Mount Athos.

In particular, according to the UOJ sources, during a visit to the Greek monastery Pantokrator, Patriarch Bartholomew, in the presence of the brethren and guests of the monastery, claimed that the unity of the Orthodox Church with Roman Catholics was inevitable.

In his opinion, the division that now exists between the Orthodox and Catholics has historical roots but is not in the field of dogma.

Patriarch Bartholomew is convinced that Catholics are “exactly the same Christians as we are”. He also emphasized that Pope Francis's gift of holy relics of St. Peter the Apostle is a testimony of good graces of the Catholic Church in relation to the Orthodox Church.

The UOJ sources said that during the speech of Patriarch Bartholomew, Archimandrite Gabriel, Abbot of Pantokrator monastery, Archimandrite Alexy, Abbot of Xenophontos monastery, Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of Vatopedi monastery, brothers of several monasteries and guests were present. Most of the brethren of monasteries after such words of the head of Phanar were perplexed, but none of those present protested to Patriarch Bartholomew. In addition, some monks, after the words of the head of Phanar that unity with the Catholics is inevitable, cried.

According to the eyewitnesses, numerous patriarchal guards did not allow anyone from the brethren to record the speech of Patriarch Bartholomew.

Earlier, the UOJ wrote that in Belgium, Patriarch Bartholomew and Abbot of Xenophontos prayed jointly with Catholics."
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Patriarch of Constantinople: Catholic-Orthodox Re-Union now inevitable? - by XavierSem - 11-27-2019, 04:03 AM

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