I've seen this quote appear several times on this forum:
"I say it without the least hesitation, whoever calls himself the universal bishop, or desires this title, is, by his pride, the precursor of Antichrist, because he thus attempts to raise himself above the others. The error into which he falls springs from pride equal to that of Antichrist; for as that Wicked One wished to be regarded as exalted above other men, like a god, so likewise whoever would be called sole bishop exalteth himself above others....You know it, my brother; hath not the venerable Council of Chalcedon conferred the honorary title of 'universal' upon the bishops of this Apostolic See [Rome], whereof I am, by God's will, the servant? And yet none of us hath permitted this title to be given to him; none hath assumed this bold title, lest by assuming a special distinction in the dignity of the episcopate, we should seem to refuse it to all the brethren." -Gregory Dialogos
This quote confuses me in several ways. For one, I'm not using this to try and disprove Roman Catholicism, I want to know what both Orthodox and Catholics have to say. The Catholic interpretation of this (to my knowledge) says that the Patriarch of Constantinople was raising himself to the "One High Priest," by calling himself ecumenical. The Orthodox would say he was warning the patriarch against Papism (whatever the correct terminology is). Either way, we know by the word Oecumenical, which can mean different things, more correctly translates as imperial. To my knowledge, Pope Gregory had mistranslated the patriarch's title, since Oecumenical is a broad word and can mean both universal or imperial. I also want to know if the Church ever resolved this issue. Did Rome go all the way to 1054 in communion with Constantinople, but still thought the patriarch was wrong to call himself ecumenical? Also, I'm confused because I've heard Pope Gregory Dialogos has many quotes that are actually quite contrary to this particular quote, which makes him hard to understand. Could someone clarify this situation?