Msgr. Paul McPartlan , acting dean of theology and Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, was interviewed for an Aleteia story on the Pope's meeting with the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch. See below.

Pope-Patriarch Meeting Moved Churches Closer to Unity, Experts Say

From: Aleteia Date: Dec. 3, 2014 Author: John Burger

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"He said very clearly that the Catholic Church seeks only one thing with the Orthodox, and that is communion on the basis of a shared profession of faith," said Msgr. Paul G. McPartlan, a member of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. "So the simple desire for communion on the basis of a shared profession of faith is what he focused on. In other words, there was no mention of any matters of jurisdiction, which is something that often the Orthodox suspect the Pope wants to have with regards to the East."For his part, the Ecumenical Patriarch in his address Sunday acknowledged the need for primacy at the universal level, said Msgr. McPartlan, who is also acting dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America. "He acknowledged that the common tradition that Catholics and Orthodox share recognizes in the constitution of the Church a primacy of love, honor and service within the framework of collegiality," he said. "In other words, the Orthodox do acknowledge that there ought to be a primacy at the universal level in the life of the Church, very much within the framework of collegiality."

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