Catholic-Orthodox dialogue looks at role of pope

October 11, 2010

Leading Catholic and Orthodox bishops and theologians met in Vienna to continue their discussions on the key issue keeping their churches apart: the role of the pope.

The Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church met Sept. 20-27.

The meeting focused on The Role of the Bishop of Rome in the Communion of the Church in the First Millennium before the churches were divided.

At a news conference Sept. 24, Archbishop Kurt Koch, head of the Catholic delegation, said, “I think there is certainly a recognition that in the early days of the Church, there was a practice or an order of things in which Rome had a special role, a primary role.