Nicea Council Credible?

This is from our file on "news that is generating a lot of speculation, but we don't know what to make of it—yet." In an interview with AsiaNews, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I nonchalantly noted that we, meaning himself and Pope Francis, "agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and our successors a gathering in Nicaea in 2025, to celebrate together, after 17 centuries, the first truly ecumenical synod, where the Creed was first promulgated."

Needless to say we will be attempting to understand precisely the nature of this meeting (is it a conference? Dare it be called a council?) in Nicea in the coming days.

Advertisement

Now 2025 is a long way off and Bartholomew indicated there will be many steps along the way. "The dialogue for unity between Catholics and Orthodox," the patriarch told AsiaNews, "will start again from Jerusalem. In this city, in the autumn, a meeting of the Catholic-Orthodox Joint Commission  will be held hosted by the Greek-Orthodox patriarch Theophilos III. It is a long journey in which we all must be committed without hypocrisy."

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement

The latest from america

While Pope Francis has given special consideration to what some may consider liberal life issues, he has also spoken up strongly and clearly for the more traditional prolife issues.
Charles C. CamosyJune 26, 2019
It does not matter that you have already given your love to Jesus. Romance is a living thing. You either nourish it or it dies.
Terrance KleinJune 26, 2019
Here are eight films in which Catholic horror speaks in less familiar accents, films I have never seen on other Catholic horror lists.
Eve TushnetJune 26, 2019
Bannon Burke
On Twitter, Cardinal Burke said he had urged the institute to return to its original purpose of promoting the respect of human dignity but “it has not done so.”