Considering my reading of the Father if the Pope chose to excommunicate a Patriarch there would be no audacity invovled.
I believe that when the EP had the audacity to "excommunicate" the Pope, he effectively removed himself from the Church.
But the Pope's legate had the right and authority to excommunicate the EP? Based on what?
Are you not reading what I wrote or are you really just looking for a fight? I already said that I don't believe that the Papal legate had the authority to excommunicate the EP.
Then why do you give 1054 a the date you think we Orthodox left what you identify as the Catholic Church? Wasn't it a 'PAPAL BULL of EXCOMMUNICATION' the not so good Cardinal slapped on the Altar of Hagia Sophia?
What about the audacity of the Pope to even issue a papal bull to execommunicate another Patriarch without the consent or approval of the other Patriarchates?
LOL. Pope St. Victor, stinging from the rebuke of "the entire Church," found out otherwise.
I didn't say that it was always prudent for a pope to excommunicate a particular person.
"For, by its immensity, the divine substance surpasses every form that our intellect reaches. Thus we are unable to apprehend it by knowing what it is. Yet we are able to have some knowledge of it by knowing what it is not." - St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra gentiles, I, 14.