Seems like the Latin Catholic Bishop considers the Eastern Rite Churches in the Holy Lands as seedlings from the RCC that have germinated into churches! Either this man lacks historical knowledge or once again we are witnessing Roman Catholic revisionist history! Either way, once again those who are considered as sui juris churches are treated as second class which Rome has the right to interfere in their so called independence by suggesting they revise their Liturgy, etc. even further. Since it's been so succesful within the RCC! Guess misery loves company!!
What will the reaction be? Probably just another non reaction to another slap in the face and false rendition of history! And they wonder why so many of we Orthodox consider them as suffering from 'battered wives symdrome'! If you are truly 'automonous' and only 'in communion with Rome' rather than 'under Romes authority' why don't you start acting like it?
Jerusalem Bishop on Christians' Mission
"Danger Lies in Turning in on Ourselves and in Fear of the Other"
JERUSALEM, MAY 22, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is the text of a May 13 address by Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
The address was titled "The Middle Eastern Synod in its Geopolitical and Pastoral Context." The synod on the Middle East will be held Oct.10-24 in Rome.
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Dear brothers and sisters,
Thank you for organizing this conference to prepare better yourselves for the upcoming Middle Eastern Synod. After all, this Synod is meant for you too. You have understood this and have thus assiduously answered the questions posed in the lineamenta.
You will surely be the first to implement the eventual recommendations of the Synod. Thank you for your essential and valuable cooperation. You men and women religious of the Holy Land continue to be at the forefront of the Church's witness to Christ's love for all men and women, irrespective of religion and race. Your testimony in the field of charity, education and health care is unique and irreplaceable.
The Synod of the Catholic Church for the Middle East concerns Arab and non-Arab countries that spread over a vast geographical area from Egypt to Turkey, from Iran to Israel and right through to the Gulf, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Cyprus. It includes directly or indirectly 14 million Christians in a population of 330 million inhabitants, among whom we find Arabs, Turks, Iranians, Greeks and Jews. This synod will focus on this very complex and diverse situation.
It's true that in these last years we have seen a Synod for Lebanon and another for the Holy Land. One might feel entitled then to pose the following question: "Instead of so ambitious a Synod for the entire Middle East, why not organize a special Synod for each of those countries that has not yet had one? Why should Lebanon and the Holy Land redo the same work?" The answer lies in the fact that the number and complexity of problems and challenges facing the Middle East are too large to be handled by the various single dioceses and churches separately. In addition, our globalized world makes a synod dealing comprehensively with all our common problems under the authority of the Sovereign Pontiff necessary, "cum Petro et sub Petro".
The Synod sets forth two main goals:
1 - Confirm and strengthen Christians in their identity through the Word of God and the Sacraments.
2 - Giving new life to the ecclesial communion between the sui iuris Churches so that they might provide an authentic witness of joyful and attractive Christian life.One peculiarity of the Middle East is the large number of sui iuris Eastern Churches that have taken root here: the Melkites, Syrians, Maronites, Copts, Armenians and Chaldeans. These churches need to live their liturgical and linguistic particularity on the one hand, and a greater communion among themselves on the other. Currently, this communion leaves something to be desired. They also need pastoral and liturgical renewal. The Latin Church went through this change at the Second Vatican Council, which revolutionized its liturgy and ecclesiology and gave it a new openness to the world. The Eastern Churches are in need of a similar revolution so that they might be able to adapt and modernize and thus better meet the needs of their congregations today.
So much for the introduction to the theme of our conference. Now let's get into the details.