Tuesday, June 30, 2015

With Fewer and Fewer Roman Clergy, This is Inevitable

An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is "getting closer every day," a senior Orthodox prelate said in an interview published on 28 June. The unprecedented meeting would be a significant step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity, which split in the Great Schism of 1054.

If The Schism is "healed", Western and Eastern clergy will be interchangeable.  Since the Eastern church is not losing clergy at the same rate as is the Western, or Roman, church, this would work out well.

If anyone asks, though, I'll say I see it as a motive-free movement towards ecumenical reconciliation.