I'm having trouble understanding the Orthodox "method" of conciliar ratification. The RCC of course views it as necessitating the assent of the Roman pontiff, and claims that it has never accepted a heretical council and hence the gates of hell have never prevailed against.
While the interpretation of Matt. 16: 18 seems to me more reasonable from the Orthodox lens (that is that the rock is Peter's confession), this final objection seems to be the one most in favor of the RC position.
What is the "method" or litmus test if you will, that the EO use in accepting and ratifying a council; especially considering the councils that have reputably sanctioned heresy?
I would also appreciate elucidation regarding any other difficult questions I should be considering as a Catholic (Roman and Eastern).
Thank you all in advance.
He is risen!