Patriarch of the West: Centre for Eastern Christianity
The first Joint Theology Seminary of the new Centre for Eastern Christianity and Heythrop College will take place on the afternoon of 26th January 2011. In connection with the current concern of the international Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, the focus will be on the Petrine ministry of the Bishop of Rome and the role of the papacy in the universal Church. Part of the context is the removal by Pope Benedict XVI of the title, "Patriarch of the West". To some on the Catholic side of the dialogue, the title was irrelevant, referring to long historic conditions and thus defunct. Indeed, it has been claimed that it thus stood in the way of a genuine dialogue towards reunion in the conditions of the present. But to others and to many Orthodox, it appeared to disturb the arrangements that obtained before schism set in, especially the pentarchy of the historic patriarchates, and thus made it more difficult to retrace steps in the search for lost unity. The Seminar will look at all these issues as they affect - and are affected by - respective canonical principles and the sense of the Church's identity we have as Catholics and Orthodox.
Canon Law and the Politics of Ecclesial Identity:
The Patriarch of the West:
contemporary Catholic & Orthodox perspectives
Dr Peter Petkoff
Wednesday 26 January 2011, 4.30pm -6.00pm
The Hopkins Room
Heythrop College, University of London, Kensington Square, London W8 5HN.
Please note: there is no charge for attendance and registration is not required. Enquiries:
j.flannery@.... A flyer can be downloaded here.
Out of interest, here are two relevant speeches made by Patriarch Gregorios of Antioch the Melkite Greek Catholics at the October 2010 Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops of the Catholic Church to address the concerns of the Churches of the Middle East:
"We ought to have a Pope"https://docs0.google.com/document/d/1Kv1VrksXHhl1nHLoh2bl1E0s5GjXOs5NeHaiKXFqlAI/edit?hl=en_GB#
Ecclesiology and Ecumenismhttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1e-K7rgSq0hpghZWwg1coW5QeilKBRBiF3kyMFeBwANA/edit?hl=en_GB&pli=1#