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.