Patriarch of Constantinople Proposes Eastern Catholicism’s Return to Orthodoxy

Munich-In a recent interview with the German ecumenical journal Cyril and Methodius, the
Patriarch of the Orthodox Church in Constantinople Bartholomew I invited Eastern
Catholic Churches to return to Orthodoxy without breaking unity with Rome. He noted that “the Constantinople Mother-Church keeps the door open for all its sons and daughters.” According to the Orthodox hierarch, the form of coexistence of the Byzantine Church and the Roman Church in the 1st century of Christianity should be used as a model of unity.

At the same time, the patriarch made positive remarks about the idea of “dual unity” proposed
by the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Archbishop Lubomyr (Husar). Patriarch
Bartholomew I noted in particular that this model would help to overcome the schism between the Churches.

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