In a book that I'm reading I came across the following quote:
"Today the position of Photius in history is regarded as a hopeful phenomenon: Roman Catholic scholars tend to soften the enmity against him and to raise the possibility of recognizing the Photian Council as Ecumenical. Lacking such recognition, there would seem to be little hope of restoring unity between the seperated Churches of East and West. The case of Photius still awaits the objective judgment of Rome regarding the Ecumenicity of the Council of 879-80, wisely approved by Pope John VIII." - Compiled by Vrame and Dixon, Essays on Ecumenism, (InterOrthodox Press, 2003), pp. 72-73
A couple questions. Is Rome seriously considering accepting the Council of 879 as Ecumenical, or even accepting it as a valid Local council? And what would such an acceptance mean for the anti-Photian Council of 869?