POPE BENEDICT XVI: The First Year
Beier, Matthias, Tikkun
IN EARLY MARCH 2006, POPE BENEDICT XVI PUZzled the world by quietly dropping one of his nine titles, "Patriarch of the West," held by popes since 642. Dropping the patriarch-title, traditionally reserved for Eastern Christian leaders, was meant to "be helpful for ecumenical dialogue," explained the Pope, whose "primary commitment" is unity with all Christian churches. But the gesture is more ambiguous than that. It also reasserts the Pope's claim to authority over the entire church, East and West. The true test for Benedict's openness to genuine ecumenical dialogue depends on whether he is willing to put the most valuable of his eight remaining titles on the table: Supreme Pontiff of the …
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Publication information: Article title: POPE BENEDICT XVI: The First Year. Contributors: Beier, Matthias - Author. Magazine title: Tikkun. Volume: 21. Issue: 4 Publication date: July/August 2006. Page number: 31+. © 2002 Tikkun. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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