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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Orthodox-Catholic Unity: What Is to Be Done?

With Pascha being celebrated on the same date again this year--as it was last year, and in 2007--the question has once more arisen: why can we not do this every year? Why are the Orthodox and Catholic Churches still divided?

The answer to that is by now a commonplace: the problem of the pope is the biggest obstacle to unity. And what has been said and done about that? For a comprehensive answer to those questions, and much else besides, you will want to order for yourself and eighty-seven of your closest friends, Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy: Ut Unum Sint and the Prospects of East-West Unity.

This book surveys, inter alia, contemporary Orthodox thought on the papacy, contemporary Orthodox ecclesiology, and current thinking--both Orthodox and Catholic--on the idea and practice of patriarchal governance. It has been described as a work of theology that reads like a fast-paced historical novel, so you and all your friends will certainly not be bored reading this.

If Lent is supposed to be a time of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving, why not give some alms to an impecunious author and order Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy: Ut Unum Sint and the Prospects of East-West Unity?

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