Monday, 27 January 2014

The challenge of Unity - Part 1

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.

1 comment:

  1. I think we already have a very good situation, the various statements of common Christological understanding that have been signed by the various parties. Effectively we all understand that the Church of the East, the Oriental Orthodox, the Eastern Orthodox and the Roman Catholics have a common Christological understanding.

    I don't believe further union will happen, can happen, or would be positive if it were to happen. Right now, all sides respect each other and meet, and even offer pastoral care to the flocks of the others. That's brotherhood.

    If anything more were to happen, there would be reactions by the more "conservative" folks (where conservative means those who want to be "more Catholic than the Pope"). Schisms again. And then folks on in the one hand would call folks on the other hand heretics. And we get the same old war.

    We have unity. Anything more (no matter how desirable to us reasonable folk!) would be pushing it.

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