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Catholic and Orthodox theologians ‘reach landmark agreement’

Cardinal Kurt Koch is co-president of the international Catholic-Orthodox dialogue commission (CNS)

Catholic and Orthodox scholars have reached a landmark agreement on synodality and primacy in the early Church, it has been reported.

According to a Russian Orthodox Church website, the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church has approved a joint document called “Synodality and Primacy during the First Millennium: Towards a Common Understanding in Service to the Unity of the Church”.

Differing views on the synodal structure of the Church and the primacy of the Pope are regarded as two of the greatest obstacles to unity between Catholics and Orthodox believers.

The Russian Orthodox Church said that the text will be published “in the nearest future”.

Georgian Orthodox Church reportedly expressed disagreement “with particular paragraphs of the document”. The Georgians’ objections will be included as a footnote.

The joint commission was meeting in Chieti, Italy.

AsiaNews reported that “no agreement was reached in Chieti regarding the next plenary session, which the Moscow Patriarchate hopes will address the issue of Uniatism [the Eastern Catholic Churches].”