Orthodoxy: Toward a Dialogue

The autonomous churches of Orthodoxy are united in faith but seldom in action—especially when dealing with Roman Catholicism. Patriarch Alexei of Moscow sends observers to the Vatican Council, and Athenagoras I, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, made no secret of his high regard for Pope John XXIII. But openness of this sort cuts no ice with the Holy Synod of Greece, which prefers to remember Rome as sponsor of the Crusaders who sacked Constantinople in 1204.

When Pope Paul VI recently invited Orthodoxy to join with Rome in settling their doctrinal disputes, Archbishop Chrysostomos of Athens and All Greece denounced...

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