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Title: The Cost of Unity
Subtitle: The Papal Primacy in Recent Orthodox Reflection
Author(s): HRYNIEWICZ, Waclaw
Journal: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Volume: 55 Issue: 1-2 Date: 2003
The issue of primacy has not yet been dealt with in the official dialogue between the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Church. The documents of the dialogue speak of it only sporadically, announcing it as one of the most crucial theological questions for debate in the future. How can the Roman doctrine become more consonant with the tradition of the undivided Church? In what way can the Orthodox, with their undestanding of primacy in the universal Church, help the process of ecumenical reinterpretation of this thorny issue? Have they developped their own comprehension of primacy that is convincing to the Catholic side? Is there a due place in Orthodox ecclesiology for some kind of universal leadership? How do they interpret the relationship between the local and the universal Church?