Regarding our recent discussion about the comments of Fr Robert Taft, SJ, Ric Ballard of the Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal blog says this:
The sad fact, which the congregation [of the Doctrine of the Faith] also points out, is that because of the estrangement that we Catholics share with the Orthodox the “the fullness of universality“of the Church is not yet realized. I think this realization as taught by the former inquisitors demonstrates a fact that makes many Catholics uncomfortable, which the Archimandrite himself speaks of when he says ”we are no longer the only kid on the block, the whole Church of Christ, but one Sister Church among others”. Some have claimed that what the Archimandrite said is an innovation of his part and doesn’t officially represent the Catholic Church. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth based on the following statement from the Balamand Declaration (par. 13), which is about the Catholic and Orthodox churches not holding the exclusive rights to be known as the only true churches of Jesus Christ: “On each side it is recognized that what Christ has entrusted to his Church – profession of apostolic faith, participation in the same sacraments, above all the one priesthood celebrating the one sacrifice of Christ, the apostolic succession of bishops – cannot be considered the exclusive property of one of our Churches“. For those that don’t know the Balamand agreement represents the official relations that Catholics currently hold with the Orthodox churches. As an official agreement it demonstrates that the Archimandrite represents well the official position of the Catholic Church.
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