13 April 2005

West and East together?

Paul Weyrich, himself an Eastern-Rite Catholic, writes that John Paul II was preoccupied with securing reunion between Rome and the Orthodox churches, even at the cost of relinquishing papal jurisdiction over these newly reconciled ecclesial communities. Alas, the Pope's overtures in this direction were largely met with deaf ears. Will his successor give this issue a similar prominence? If he is a Latin American or African, or even an Italian, probably not.

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