Joint Moscow Patriarchate and Vatican Document on “Synodality and Primacy”

NFTU: Despite continual protest from some sections in the MP, as well as the disagreement of certain Georgian legates, the Moscow Patriarchate has decided to continue to pursue its own full steam ahead policy of the ecumenist heresy.


September 21, 2016 – The 14th Plenary Session of the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church completed its work in Chieti, Italy.

After the necessary amendments and additions, the plenary session approved a common document on Synodality and Primacy during the First Millennium: Towards a Common Understanding in Service to the Unity of the Church.

The delegation of the Georgian Church made a statement expressing disagreement with particular paragraphs of the document. This statement was included in the communique adopted by the plenary session and will be present as a footnote in the common document to be published on behalf of the Commission in the nearest future.

The meeting considered a topic to be chosen as a follow-up of the dialogue. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church delegation, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations (DECR), put forward a proposal to devote the next stage of the dialogue to the theme of synodality and primacy in the Churches of East and West in the second millennium, stressing that in the framework of this theme the Commission should complete the discussion on Uniatism as a phenomenon which arose after the 1054 schism and which still constitutes a stumbling stone in the Orthodox-Catholic relations.

Metropolitan Hilarion reminded the meeting that the Joint Commission was to discuss the issue of ecclesiological and canonical consequences of Uniatism at its plenary session in Baltimore, USA, as far back as the year 2000. It was to become a continuation of the work that began in the 1990th with the document condemning Uniatism adopted in Balamand, Lebanon, in 1993, followed by a document on the same issue drafted in Ariccia in 1998. However, the work in Baltimore was not completed because of disagreements that arose both between the Catholic and Orthodox sides of the dialogue and within each of the sides.

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  • September 28, 2016 at 7:49 am

    The Chieti document is a triumph for Orthodoxy. It presents sound Orthodox ecclesiology and utterly downplays the role of the bishop of Rome. Some credit must go to Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev and Bishop-Elect Irenei (Steenberg) (of ROCA) who worked hard to roll back Ravenna.

    Hahaha! You may have to thank the ROCA/ROCOR for all this

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