The Role of the Petrine Ministry in the Ecumenical Relationship between the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the Catholic Church
Chapter 1: The Arguments of the Catholic Church in Answer to the Objections of the MOSC against the Papal Primacy
Chapter 1: The Arguments of the Catholic Church in answer to the Objections of the MOSC against the Papal Primacy
The Petrine ministry is a contentious theme that caused endless discussions and controversies in the Christendom. It is one of the major hindrances to the unity of the Churches even in the present century. Different Churches and ecclesial communities hold extremely different positions on the theme “Petrine ministry”. The Petrine ministry is of great importance for the Catholic Church because it is the pivotal notion of her Ecclesiology. But the Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Church of the East, the Protestant Churches and the various ecclesial communities or Christian sects do not accept the Petrine ministry as defined and practised by the Catholic Church. They all differ in the degree of accepting the Petrine ministry of the Catholic Church which in its current form is known as the “Jurisdictional Papal Primacy”.
My intention is to find out the arguments with which the Catholic Church defends her concept of the jurisdictional papal primacy. The MOSC puts forward her arguments in objecting the jurisdictional primacy of the Pope of Rome as described in the 4th chapter of part I. It is important to see whether the theologians of the Catholic Church have valid arguments to refute the position of the MOSC and defend the Catholic position on the jurisdictional papal primacy. The following points are the main objections of the MOSC against the Catholic position:...