On October 11 (NS), Bartholomew (Archontonis), the soi-disant Patriarch of Constantinople paid a visit to the Vatican to meet with various papist officials, chiefly Benedict. During the course of these events, Bartholomew (Archontonis) expressed his sincere wish to continue the ‘dialogue of love’ with the ‘sister church’ of the Vatican. In his speech (which can be found here) he notes that the mutual rescinding of the anathemas, and exchange of visits between Constantinople and Rome. This was all within the context of addressing Benedict (Ratzinger) as “Beloved brother in the Lord, Your Holiness Pope Benedict.” The photos include Bartholomew’s participation in the Romanist liturgical activities.
Bartholomew, in his speech to the assembled Romanist leaders and laity in St. Peter’s Square, notes his endorsement of the notorious and extreme modernism of the Papist Second Vatican Council. Interestingly enough, Bartholomew elaborate also on his time spent attending the Pontifical Oriental Institute and the collaboration he had with the infamous periti:
“In the 50 years that have intervened, we recall with vividness and tenderness, but also with elation and enthusiasm, our personal discussions with episcopal members and theological periti during our formative time – then as a young student – at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, as well as our personal attendance at some special sessions of the Council. We witnessed firsthand how the bishops experienced a renewed awareness of the validity – and a reinforced sense of the continuity – of the tradition and faith “once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1.3). It was a period of promise and hope for your Church both internally and externally.”
Bartholomew, then, in seeming apposition to his praise of the Second Vatican Council and its periti during and afterwards, expounds how he still intends for his own version of this council to be called:
“For the Orthodox Church, we have observed a time of exchange and expectation. For example, the convocation of the first Pan-Orthodox Conferences in Rhodes led to the Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conferences in preparation for the Great Council of the Orthodox Churches. These exchanges will demonstrate the unified witness of the Orthodox Church in the modern world. Moreover, it coincided with the “dialogue of love” and heralded the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Church, which was established by our venerable predecessors Pope John Paul II and Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios.”
Some of the achievements that Bartholomew notes are the rescinding of the anathemas, the increase of ‘return to the sources’, and patristic and biblical studies and research. However, the only biblical research that has received endorsement from the Vatican and the Sergianist/Ecumenist patriarchs has been that which completely denigrates the inspired character of Scriptures; reducing it to important spiritual and moral tales devoid of the literal meaning the Fathers gave to it.
That Bartholomew (Archontonis), who is noted for his notorious pro-abortion and pro-syncretistic views, should continuously push activities such as this, should at least give pause to some. Even if the Romanist heretics have concern about little else, they at least demonstrate some type of pro-life manner.
After the event, Bartholomew was taken on a tour of various Vaticanist sites.