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Dialogue of LoveBreaking the Silence of Centuries$
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John Chryssavgis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264001

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264001.001.0001

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“A Sign of Contradiction”

“A Sign of Contradiction”

A Reflection on the Meeting of the Pope and the Patriarch

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Dialogue of Love

Georges Florovsky

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents reflections of Father Georges Florovsky (1893–1979), whose career centered on Orthodox theology. Although he was open to clarifications and developments in Catholic theology, particularly on the doctrine of primacy, he was also concerned about hasty established ecumenical relations. It is possible that he wanted the Orthodox Church to clarify and adjust their own ecclesiology. To him, the meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras had a deep psychological and spiritual meaning. He cites the work of Professor Karmiris, a theologian and historian, that reunification cannot happen without any substantial understanding, agreement, and the resolution of many controversial Church issues. It is true that the meeting reflects the desire for unity, but Florovsky asks what kind of unity. Christian unity implies collaboration, while for the Orthodox, unity is not possible without union. This meeting therefore has brought the timely reminder of the existing situation and the somewhat formidable task of being unified.

Keywords:   Orthodox theology, Catholic theology, ecclesiology, reunification, Patriarch Athenogoras

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