Has anyone read this book written by Laruent Cleenwerck? I am currently reading it and to my very limited knowledge of history it seems very unbiased. Thanks
I've read bits of it on google. I think he still misses some full understanding of some parts of Catholic teachings but he does a much better job of representing them than I am accustomed to seeing in Orthodox texts or on the Internet so I think it is a pretty fair starting point for continuing dialogue.
The continuing dialogue is a bit of a mess, with the Catholics trying to propagate multiple misconceptions in their understanding of Orthodoxy.
We have Pope Benedict in Rome idiotically insisting that the Orthodox do not regard a second marriage as sacrament.
We have Mary Lanser making out that the Orthodox are OK with abortion.
We have Cardinal Kasper trying to pretend that we have always had a teaching of universal primacy.
It just gets worse. Please, Catholics, stop misrepresenting Orthodoxy! You're killing the dialogue.
You had to work really hard at some of this.
No hard work was involved, Mary. These three things came straight to mind.
Leaving aside your own confusion about Orthodox teaching on abortion, what do we see?
We see two senior figures in the Roman Catholic Church completely at sea over significant Orthodox teaching.
1. The Pope - floundering and in error about the Orthodox teaching on marriage
2. Cardinal Kasper, just retired head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity - clueless about Orthodox ecclesiology.
Where the heck is the dialogue going to go when the Pope and the Cardinal charged with "Promoting Christian Unity" are floundering?
Does anybody know if Cleenwerck addresses the Vatican's ignorance of Orthodoxy and how it impacts the dialogue?