One of my greatest desires of Christendom, is that there should be unity between the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Catholic Church. This goal, however, has a few hurdles that must be solved before ever being achieved.
In saying this, there have been many theological issues that have been resolved. Most notably, Christological issues of Christ's humanity and divinity.
The first issue that I would like to discuss is the issue of the canon law of the Eastern Churches within the Catholic Church. The current situation between the Eastern Catholic Churches and the Roman Catholic Church regarding canon law is one that does not make any sense. That is, the Eastern Code of Canon Law which was promulgated by Rome. Defines the law of the Eastern Churches and their rights. That is, the Eastern Code of Canon Law, is law created by the Latin Church. Not only does this compromise the autonomy of the Eastern Churches but it also groups all Eastern Churches into one block. Disregarding the richness of traditions in the East: Coptic, Syriac, Tawahedo, Armenian, Byzantine etc.
What should happen, is that Eastern Churches should create canon law for Eastern Churches. The Latin Church, if it wishes, may publish canons regarding its relationship with the Eastern Churches only. The corresponding Eastern Churches may have a joint declaration with the Church of Rome to reaffirm unity and the conditions of unity.
The current Canonical Legal Status of the Eastern Catholic Churches is insufficient for union. Canon Law must be restored to best resemble the Early Church in order for unity to be achieved.
Please pray for unity.
Through the Birth-Giver of God Maryam and Mor Ephrem. God Bless you all.