What sense do you make of this:http://www.syrianchurch.org/pzakka/joint_declaration.htm
In particular: 3. .. "The confusions and schisms that occurred between their Churches in the later centuries, they realize today, in no way affect or touch the substance of their faith, since these arose only because of differences in terminology and culture
and in the various formulae adopted by different theological schools, to express the same matter."
Was it culture or terminology that prevented the Orthodox from realizing that the Roman Pope is in charge of all the Christian churches?
And regarding #4, is the Catholic church saying now that Christ has one nature and not two?
Wow, #7 is heavy, especially the word "lawful".
And #9, which contradicts #7 & #8 ......."which alone will enable us to give to the world a fully unanimous
As if the gospel is not unanimous! That is pretty funny.
This is Pope John Paul at his best with his double speak and his modern language which is neither a Yes or a No, but is full of contradiction and willful obfuscation.
Is the Syrian Orthodox church really buying this? I mean, is this for real?
I am not merely a little bit confused by this Joint Declaration but a LOT confused by it.
I am not running from the Anti-Popes of the Catholic church to jump on to another sinking ship. If the Syrian Orthodox church aligns itself with modern heresies then they will sink right alongside the Catholic church.
I PRAY this is not the case and I am misunderstanding.