Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Catholic and Orthodox Churches

It is becoming obvious that there is strong movement toward re-union now on both sides of the East-West schism that tragicaly separates the authentically apostolic Catholic and Orthodox churches. A visit by Pope Benedict XVI to the see of the Ecumenical Patriarch in Turkey is definite for November. High Russian Orthodox sources are talking about a meeting between the Russian Patriarch and the Pope, a much desired but unattainable goal of John Paul II. The healing of the rupture, along with recognition and respect among these different Christian traditions would be a powerful witness and grace in this world which is so torn apart by religious, sectarian and ethnic hatreds. We appear to be entering a time of grace in these relationships and pray that God's will may become more discernible and obeyed in the year ahead.