Sunday, April 09, 2006

- Is Newpope Going to Give up the "Vicar of Christ" Title?

Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev, Head of the Russian Orthodox Schismatics in Europe
Demands that Newpope Give up the Title "Vicar of Christ"

Now that he is no longer "Patriarch of the West"
Is Benedict-Ratzinger Considering This Move to Reconcile Newrome with the Eastern Orthodox Schismatics?

Having already given up this year the pope's historical title, "Patriarch of the West," reportedly to play up to the Eastern Orthodox schismatics, is Benedict-Ratzinger currently considering the demand of Russian Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev to give up his title "Vicar of Christ," a title believed to have been first used in the year 495 for Pope Gelasius I (492-496).

The Russian Orthodox bishop, who is the Eastern Orthodox schismatics' main representative in Europe, has also demanded that the pope's title "Successor of the Prince of the Apostles" and "Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church" be dropped as "unacceptable, even scandalous." Newpope has already de facto given up the latter title, as he has said that he will do nothing except with the collegial consensus of the Newchurch bishops. Benedict-Ratzinger, who has made reconciliation with the Eastern Orthodox schismatics a priority of his papacy, is considering the demand.

"Only renouncing titles stressing the universal jurisdiction of the pope, and the ecclesiological doctrine hidden behind that, would be a real step on the path toward reconciliation between the Orthodox and Catholic churches," Bishop Hilarion wrote. Walter Cardinal Kasper, Newvatican's top official for "oecumenism," said that Newchurch no longer had any desire to convert Eastern Orthodox schismatics to the Roman Catholic Faith, since the latter is no longer considered exclusively the true Faith.

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