The "papacy" (itself a creature of fantasy) is the ailing old man of the Church, for a thousand years. Would you promote it to first place and give it superiority over the healthy, over those who have faithfully preserved orthodoxy?
An imperial papacy, when the office has been treated as such, was a sinful abuse of the office. Not a fantasy but a real and palpable sinful employment of a God-given gift to the Church.
I read Scripture the way that the Catholic Church reads it. If I did not I would be Orthodox.
Besides there's enough confusion in Orthodoxy today to keep me from mourning that decision too deeply. And then I have you as an example. I could never do to the Catholic Church what you do publicly.
I cannot help it, Mary, I cannot help it. It is my deeply held belief that the institution of the papacy is a major aberration in the ecclesiology of the Catholic Church, something which Christ never called into existence.
Before there can be unity between us this institution must be destroyed. It has no place in the Church.
I believe that the words of St. Justin (Popovich) the great modern Serbian
Teacher, are more than a propos:
"...the Orthodox Church, in its nature and its dogmatically unchanging
constitution is episcopal and centered in the bishops. For the bishop and
the faithful gathered around him are the expression and
manifestation of the Church as the Body of Christ, especially in the Holy
Liturgy; the Church is Apostolic and Catholic only by virtue of its bishops,
insofar as they are the heads of true ecclesiastical
units, the dioceses.
"At the same time, the other, historically later and variable forms of
church organization of the Orthodox Church: the metropolias, archdioceses,
patriarchates, pentarchies, autocephalies, autonomies, etc., however many
there may be or shall be, cannot have and do not have a determining and
decisive significance in the conciliar system of the Orthodox Church.
Furthermore, they may constitute an obstacle in the correct functioning of
the conciliary principle if they obstruct and reject the episcopal character
and structure of the Church and of the Churches.
"Here, undoubtedly, is to be found the primary difference between Orthodox
and Papal ecclesiology."
"No heresy has ever raised up so radically and so completely against the God-Man Christ
and His Church as has the Papacy, with its dogma of the infallible Pope-man. There is no doubt:
this dogma is the heresy of heresies."
Archimandrite Justin Popovic, "Man and God-Man", Athens, 1987