Origin thread: http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,19903.msg296359.html
I have never tried to hide the fact. If you ever attend one of our Liturgies you will hear us commemorate "our Holy Ecumenical Pontiff, Benedict, Pope of Rome" at least four times.
It was Pope Saint Anastasius at the end of the 4th century who assigned the title "Archbishop of Rome" to those who hold the Roman cathedra. "Archbishop of Rome" is the title used by the Ecumenical Councils.
When and why was he demoted from an archbishop to a bishop?
And when did he become Ecumenical, as didn't Pope Gregory the Great tell EP John the Faster that anyone taking that title was the precursor of Antichrist?
And when did he work his way into the diptychs of an Eastern Church? Such was not the tradition of the first millenium, where no Church commemorated the Pope of Rome except the Patriarchs, when they commemorated all the Patriarchs.
The translators of the 65 Ruthenian Liturgicon made it our Holy Ecumenical Pontiff, The 07 Liturgicon simply has our Holy Father which matches the Greek Liturgicon published by Rome. When the 07 revision was submitted to Rome that was one of the changes they insisted on stating Ecumenical was a title belonging to the Patriarch of Constantinople alone.
The CCEO requires the Pope, the church's Patriarch/Archbishop, the province's Metropolitan, as well as the eparchy's bishop be commemorated in the diptychs by all priests. Although I think most, if not all, the Eastern Catholic Church already did that. Some churches, like mine, also add his commemoration to the litanies while others, like the Melkites, do not.
Fr. Deacon Lance