7461Papal-primacy compromise out, Orthodox church official says
- May 31, 2007Papal-primacy compromise out, Orthodox church official says
A Russian Orthodox official who represents his church on a Catholic-Orthodox
commission said his church rules out any compromise on papal primacy.
"Historically, the primacy of the bishop of Rome in the Christian church,
from our point of view, was that of honor, not jurisdiction --the
jurisdiction of the pope of Rome was never applied to all the churches,"
said Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev of Vienna and Austria, who represents the
Russian Orthodox Church on the International Commission for Theological
Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and Orthodox Churches.
The commission is scheduled to meet in October in Ravenna, Italy, for the
10th plenary since its creation in 1979. After a six-year break, the
60-member commission reconvened in September to debate conciliarity and
"There can be no compromise whatsoever" on papal primacy, Bishop Hilarion
said in a May 28 interview with Russia's Interfax newsagency.
He added that "the aim of the theological dialogue is not at all to reach a
compromise. For us, it is rather to identify the church's original view of
The Moscow Patriarchate was drafting its own document on primacy, which
would help him "assert our official point of view" at future talks, said