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Speaking on September 16 at a meeting of a joint Catholic-Orthodox theological commission, the chief ecumenical officer of the Russian Orthodox Church said that the activity of the "Uniates"-- the Eastern churches in communion with Rome-- is the greatest obstacle to greater unity between Catholics and Orthodox.

The statement by Metropolitan Hilarion was a familiar complaint from the Moscow patriarchate, which has frequently criticized the Eastern-rite Ukrainian Catholic Church, accusing that body of fueling tensions in Ukraine. The Russian Orthodox Chuch regards Ukraine as its "canonical territory"-- a claim that the Holy See does not accept.

Despite his criticism of Eastern Catholic churches, the Moscow representative did not demand an immediate discussion of their status. This week's meeting of the joint Catholic-Orthodox commission is dedicated instead to the questions of synodal governance and primacy, and their contributions of ecumenical unity. A draft statement on that issue has been submitted for discussion and approval.

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/head...ryid=29385

Actually I would suggest that the existence of the Eastern rite of the Catholic Church is a sign of the legitimacy of the patrimony of the Eastern Orthodox. 
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A leading Russian Orthodox official has renewed his criticism of Ukraine’s Eastern-rite Catholics.




Days after characterizing Eastern Catholics as obstacles to Christian unity, Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met in Chieti, Italy, with Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity.

Metropolitan Hilarion spoke with Cardinal Koch about his “profound concern over hostile statements and actions recently made with regard to the Moscow Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church by leaders of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church,” the Moscow Patriarchate said in a statement.

Metropolitan Hilarion “also expressed the conviction that the issue of unia [Eastern Catholics] needs to be revisited by the Joint Commission for Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue,” the statement added

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/head...ryid=29390

I think that this is their blind spot. The refusal of the Russian Orthodox leadership to recognize and respect the Eastern Catholics is a huge problem.
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A joint Catholic-Orthodox theological commission has approved a statement on the primacy in Church history.




The statement-- which covered the questions of both synodal government and primacy in the first Christian millennium-- was approved and issued at the conclusion of a meeting of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue, held this week in Chieti, Italy. The representatives of the Georgian Orthodox Church registered some objections to the language of the statement, but did not stop its approval.

The agreement on the historic function of primacy is significant because the question of papal primacy is one of the key stumbling blocks in Catholic-Orthodox ecumenical discussions. The statement acknowledged that the Bishop of Rome enjoyed primacy, while also noting that synods set directions for the Church. The document reportedly says that the Pope did not exercise canonical authority over the Eastern churches, but acted as "first among equals."

Although the approval of the document on primacy and synodality represented a substantial victory for this, the 14th mission of the joint commission, the future of the ecumenical talks was clouded because of insistence by Russian Orthodox delegates that the next meeting should focus on the "Unia"-- the term used by the Moscow patriarchate for the Eastern churches in union with Rome. The joint commission did not settle on a topic for the next meeting; that issue will be discussed by the group's coordinating committee.

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/head...ryid=29420
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(09-21-2016, 12:10 AM)Poche Wrote: The statement by Metropolitan Hilarion was a familiar complaint from the Moscow patriarchate, which has frequently criticized the Eastern-rite Ukrainian Catholic Church, accusing that body of fueling tensions in Ukraine. The Russian Orthodox Chuch regards Ukraine as its "canonical territory"-- a claim that the Holy See does not accept.

Why should the Church accept any claim to "canonical territory" by heretics or schismatics?
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(09-23-2016, 01:51 PM)Paul Wrote:
(09-21-2016, 12:10 AM)Poche Wrote: The statement by Metropolitan Hilarion was a familiar complaint from the Moscow patriarchate, which has frequently criticized the Eastern-rite Ukrainian Catholic Church, accusing that body of fueling tensions in Ukraine. The Russian Orthodox Chuch regards Ukraine as its "canonical territory"-- a claim that the Holy See does not accept.

Why should the Church accept any claim to "canonical territory" by heretics or schismatics?

What I would like to know is why if they make that claim they allow a western Orthodox Church?
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