Dialogue of Love: Breaking the Silence of Centuries

Dialogue of Love: Breaking the Silence of Centuries

Edited by John Chryssavgis
Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: Fordham University Press
Pages: 96
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    Dialogue of Love: Breaking the Silence of Centuries
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    In 1964, a little-noticed albeit pioneering encounter in the Holy Land between the heads of the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church spawned numerous contacts and diverse openings between the two "sister churches," which had not communicated with each other for centuries. Fifty years later, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew meet in Jerusalem to commemorate that historical event and celebrate the close relations that have developed through mutual exchanges of formal visits and an official theological dialogue that began in 1980. This book contains three unique chapters: The first is a sketch of the behind-the-scenes challenges and negotiations that accompanied the meeting in 1964, detailing the immediate consequences of the event and setting the tone for the volume. The second is an inspirational account, interwoven with a scholarly evaluation of the work of the North American Standing Council on Orthodox/Catholic relations over the past decades. The third chapter presents a recently discovered reflection on the meeting that took place fifty years ago by one of the most important Orthodox theologians of the twentieth century, expressing cautious optimism about the future of Christian unity.

    eISBN: 978-0-8232-6403-2
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Foreword Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon
    (pp. ix-xii)

    Fifty years ago, the historic meeting of Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI in Jerusalem marked the beginning of a new era in the relations between the churches of Rome and Constantinople, and indirectly between Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy as a whole. The significance of this event can be fully appreciated only if placed against the background of a millennium branded with mutual mistrust, theological polemic, and, above all, estrangement between the two great traditions of the Church. In the words of the late Father Georges Florovsky, these traditions are likened to conjoined sisters unable to be separated from...

  4. Preface
    (pp. xiii-xvi)
    John Chryssavgis
  5. 1 Pilgrimage toward Unity: Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI in Jerusalem Based on Correspondence and Archives
    (pp. 1-26)
    John Chryssavgis

    In January 1964, two Christian prelates broke a silence of centuries with a simple gesture of embrace and a few gentle words. A little-noticed historic meeting in Jerusalem between Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI reflected the simple dominical prayer and commandment by Christ that His disciples “all may be one” (John 17:21); but what began was a journey of exceptional transformation in the relations between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, two sister churches that had shared an entire millennium of common doctrine and spiritual tradition, followed by an entire millennium of division and alienation.

    Before the two...

  6. 2 Breathing with Both Lungs: Fifty Years of the Dialogue of Love
    (pp. 27-54)
    Brian E. Daley

    A number of years ago, when I was still teaching at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, my phone rang one winter afternoon, just as I was getting ready to go home for the day. A young voice on the other end of the line identified himself: “Father Daley? You don’t know me, but my name is Alex, and I wanted to ask you about theFilioque.” It was getting late, and my heart sank a little as Alex went on to explain why he was calling me: It seems that he was the son of a...

  7. Photographs
    (pp. None)
  8. 3 “A Sign of Contradiction”: A Reflection on the Meeting of the Pope and the Patriarch
    (pp. 55-70)
    Georges Florovsky

    Father Georges Florovsky (1893–1979) spent his entire service of over five decades as an Orthodox theologian intensely involved in ecumenical dialogue at all levels. His thought and example continue to command respect from all corners of the Orthodox spectrum of opinion, from devoted career ecumenists to resolute critics of ecumenism and everything in between. A model and mentor to several generations of Orthodox theologians of diverse perspectives (V. Lossky, B. Krivocheine, A. Schmemann, J. Romanides, J. Meyendorff, Staretz Sophrony, and J. Zizioulas), “Father Georges Florovsky”—to quote the words of the recently canonized Serbian theologian and confessor Justin Popovich—...

  9. Afterword: The Dawn of Expectation
    (pp. 71-72)
    Walter Cardinal Kasper

    The commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary since the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople in the Holy City of Jerusalem on January 5–6, 1964, is first of all an occasion to give thanks to the almighty and ever-merciful God, whose Holy Spirit inspired this blessed beginning of a new and promising age in the relations between the sister Churches of Rome and Constantinople after the long night of separation, silence, and expectation.

    The moving exchange of letters, messages, and discourses that initiated, attended, and followed this extraordinary meeting provide ample and clear evidence...

  10. List of Contributors
    (pp. 73-76)
  11. Back Matter
    (pp. 77-80)