Is there Crypto-Orthodoxy among some Eastern Catholics?
(04-02-2011, 03:03 PM)Scythian Wrote:
(04-02-2011, 10:54 AM)Melkite Wrote: You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.  Orthodox resist this because of the Catholic approach.  Like Pharisees, there will always be some Orthodox who will resist Catholic doctrine out of stubborn arrogance, but I think the majority of Orthodox wouldn't be so opposed to it if it was explained better on the Catholic side.  The Orthodox objection is that if the Pope is supreme and has immediate jurisdiction throughout the whole Church, then logically, the Pope is essentially the only bishop and every other bishop is merely an auxilliary.  If, however, it were explained to them to emphasize that the Church is one body and can only have one head, every family can have only one father, logically it makes sense that the Church on earth has one head just like every patriarchat, every metropolitanate and every diocese.  The Pope has to have some real jurisdiction over the Church, or else the Church isn't visibly one body, it couldn't be.  And if the Pope has some jurisdiction over the whole Church, it logically follows that his authority must be supreme and immediate, even if a holy and benevolent Pope would rarely exercise it so immediately.  This explanation doesn't weaken the Catholic argument, but at the same time makes it more palatable to the Orthodox.
thank you, im going to save that to my apologetics folder (if you dont mind)

Not at all!  Though, don't be surprised when the more adamant Orthodox don't pay it much heed.  They will say it relies too much on logic.  The most adamant anti-Romans in Orthodoxy will say that Catholic doctrine is perfectly logical to a fault.  But your run of the mill Orthodox who can recognize inherent value in logic will see it for what it's worth.

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Re: Is there Crypto-Orthodoxy among some Eastern Catholics? - by Melkite - 04-02-2011, 10:24 PM

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