While rejecting "every act of proselytism, uniatism
or other provocative act of inter-confessional competition," the document considers that "the Orthodox Church deems it important for all Christians, inspired by common fundamental principles of the Gospel, to attempt to offer with eagerness and solidarity a response to the thorny problems of the contemporary world, based on the prototype of the new man in Christ" (para.
In its document on interchurch ties, the council said Orthodoxy believed in "eschewing every act of proselytism, uniatism
, or other provocative act of inter-confessional competition," but also condemned "all efforts to break the unity of the Church, undertaken by individuals or groups under the pretext of maintaining or allegedly defending true Orthodoxy"
a good awareness of the example given by the martyr hierarchs from the years of the Communist persecution; this is though doubled by the fact that the current believers know very little things about the history of the Romanian Uniatism
, even of its founding moments--the events from 1697-1700.
Of course, with the dismantling of the Soviet system and President Michail Gorbachev's perestroika, the issue of Uniatism
came to the fore.
, proselytism) explain part of the opposition of many Orthodox to ecumenical relationships.
While he speaks of assistance and cooperation, he raises the issue of Uniatism
(Christians who use the Byzantine rite but have been united to Rome since the late sixteenth century).
In noting the statement of Balamand on Uniatism
, Method of Union of the Past, and the Present Search for full Communion (1993), Pierre Duprey celebrates `Une etape importante du dialogue catholique-orthodoxe'.
is described as a method belonging to the past that "has not proved the way to re-establish unity.
The problem with this criticism is not so much the accuracy of its claim; indeed, Paul Schneirla pointed out, "Whatever Church politicians may say, implicit in uniatism
is a claim to be the one Church.
Decades of dialogue have defused the obsession of the Papal Primacy (in favour of conciliarism), have eliminated the ecclesiologic outlooks associated with Vatican I ("there is no salvation outside the Catholic church"), have declared that the unity is not hindered by the problem of the sacerdotal celibacy (mandatory for the Catholics, optional for the Orthodox), have rejected with traditional arguments the perspective of women ordination, have accepted the homology of the sacramental theology--independently of the variety of liturgical forms, they have reached a compromise by adopting texts on most sensitive topics such as uniatism
and proselytism, and have established the practice of the ecumenical prayers in an Irenic spirit (32).
The Catholic team also made several references to the recent document, Uniatism
, Method of Union of the Past, and the Present Search for Full Communion, Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church: Seventh Plenary Session, Balamand School of Theology, Lebanon, June 17-24, 1993, Information Service 83, 1993, pp.
18) In 1990 a joint Catholic-Orthodox commission on theological dialogue published Statement on the Subject of Uniatism
, which agrees that Uniatism
no longer provides a model or method for Catholic-Orthodox rapprochement.