I have to say I would be concerned of this as a possibility because of the Power the Pope has and could abuse if he chose to.
Whereas in Orthodoxy- (please correct if I am wrong!!!) I think it would take only 1 good man to stop many men from error since there is no one man ruling over all in Orthodoxy.
I might be off base on this one - so please correct me if I am.
in preschism Orthodox Christianity, there whereÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š 5 patriarchates so we had 5 patriarchs.
Rome, Constantinople, Jerusalem, Antioch and Alexandria
All Patriarchs where EQUAL such as the Apostles of Christ. Rome's Patriarch (or Pope) and later Constaninople's Patriarch as the patriarch of the capital and eatern Roman Empire where the first among EQUALS.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š As Peter could be conidered the first among the EQUAL apostles. Because there where 12 apostles not 11+1 like the RC seems to preach.
Orthodoxy is democratic. The Ecumenical Patriarch (EP) is the first among the Equal to him remaining patriarchs except Rome who left. Even the Bishops and archishops are Equal. But the have different roles.
The EP cannot directly interfere with any orther Patriarchate, except when he is really needed. Like in the case of the Jerusalem Patriarchate last year, where he leaded a Pan-Orthodox Synod which sacked the Patriarch.
Great decisions cannot be taken from one man, but democratically with the blessing of the Holy Spirit. The EP leads the synods, but they all make a decision, It was always like that and it will be. The true leader is Christ. His word (Logos) and the CHURCH established by Himself and on to the apostles to spread it to the world, are eternal. The applied back them and will beÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š forever. Thats why the Orthodox Church which continues the apostolic work as the Christ and the apostles DEFINED will never need reforms like Protestandism or Vatican I, II, III or 50. Thats why Christianity doesnt need a human one man show, aÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š self claimed "infallible" humanÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š
, a self claimed "Vicar of Christ on earth"ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š or as we would say in greek a human "trochonomos" (meaning a traffic police officer in greek) to decide Christs will.
Orthodoxy doesnt need one man, we have enough men, well defined procedures and of course our leader Christ who never abandons his children, to do the job.
How can one man decide? According to the RCC, the POPE inherits the holy spirit fromt he former Pope, and that goes all the way back to Peter.. But the Holy spirit is not inheritable.. You gain it through faith, love, praying and Humility, your way of life and sacrifices. You sacrifice eveything for HIM. And not all Popes have, and of course Orthodox patriarchs in the past..