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    The Role of the Bishop of Rome in the Communion of the Church in the First Millennium. Joint Coordinating Committee for the Theological Dialogue between the
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      The Role of the Bishop of Rome in the Communion of the Church in the
      First Millennium.

      Joint Coordinating Committee for the Theological Dialogue between the
      Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church

      Aghios Nikolaos, Crete,
      Greece, September 27 - October 4, 2008
      (Text Now Released for the First Time, 23 January 2010)

      Introduction

      1. In the Ravenna document, "The Ecclesiological and Canonical Consequences of the Sacramental Nature of the Church - Ecclesial Communion, Conciliarity and Authority", Catholics and Orthodox acknowledge the inseparable link between conciliarity and primacy at all levels of the life of the Church: "Primacy and conciliarity are mutually interdependent. That is why primacy at the different levels of the life of the Church, local, regional and universal, must always be considered in the context of conciliarity, and conciliarity likewise in the context of primacy" (Ravenna document, n. 43). They also agree that "in the canonical order (taxis) witnessed by the ancient Church", which was "recognised by all in the era of the undivided Church", "Rome, as the Church that "presides in love" according to the phrase of St Ignatius of Antioch, occupied the first place in the taxis, and that the bishop of Rome was therefore the protos among the patriarchs' (nn. 40, 41). The document refers to the active role and prerogatives of the bishop of Rome as "protos among the patriarchs', "protos of the bishops of the major Sees' (nn. 41, 42, 44), and it concludes that "the role of the bishop of Rome in the communion of all the Churches' must be 'studied in greater depth". "What is the specific function of the bishop of the "first
      see" in an ecclesiology of koinonia?" (n. 45)

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