On April 8, 2014, Met. Gerasimos of San Francisco and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordelione, participated in a joint ecumenical prayer service to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the meeting of Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras in Jerusalem. More information can be found here. A video also exists of the event. This seems to have been an event that has been taking place for a number of years. This is a reminder that the Ecumenical Patriarchate still continues to embrace the ecumenical movement.
During the ecumenical event, Metropolitan Gerasimos greeted the Papist Hierarch as “brother in the Lord”, and commented on the three reasons they gathered, which were to celebrate together their “common faith in Jesus Christ, to commemorate an historic event of the past, and to participate and anticipate an historic event that will take place next month. First and foremost we gather as fellow Christians, as Orthodox and Roman Catholics, so that we may gather together and pray.”
The event next month is the long planned meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Metropolitan Gerasimos commented on the meeting between Paul VI and Athenagoras, that the meeting ‘represented a new chapter in our two Churches’, and that it was ‘no accident the two met in Jerusalem” but “reflected the Hand of God” guiding the “two great Churchmen”. He further stated that the two “Churches” were divided because of the people in them who refused to be open to ecumenism, but instead, clung to ‘pride’ and ‘self-sufficiency’.
In contrast, the traditional Orthodox position is contrary to Met. Gerasimos’ position, which seeks the unification of Papism with his own heretical Ecumenical Patriarchate, and in his own words, they must “put aside all that divides us, so that we can rise in union and communion”; continuing to laud the removal of the obstacles between Rome and Constantinople, and the continuing heretical ecumenism between the Papists and the Phanar in North America.
The great hype being generated for the upcoming meeting between Bartholomew and Francis is sure to be a new level in the ecumenism between the Phanar and Rome.