Sunday, 29 June 2008

SS Peter and Paul; Roman style!

A beautifully dignified entrance.

Seven candles. Not a "Two Ronnies" sketch.

A view of the new-old-new-old... the Benedict XVI pallium.

Ut unum sint! The Patriarch is a captivating man. I was listening to him speak last night on the CTV broadcast from the solemn vespers. He is a man who the Holy Father can "do business with."

Kneeling. Tongue. Paten.

Need we say more?


Matthew the Curmudgeon said...

The Patriarch is good, decent Orthodox Christian Shepherd who means well. However, he has no flock or much influence.
I await the possible meeting of
Pope Benedict XVI with Patriarch Alexei II of Moscow and All Russia, the Third Rome. I think they will have a true understanding and will agree on much without superficialities or hindrances of a Turkish yoke. THAT will be a thing to behold.

Augustine said...

You're quite right about Bartholomew I's position, but I'm sure we're all aware of the two massive advantages of dialogue with the see of Constantinople in particular; symbolism and prestige.

I think the Russians will be a wildcard. They could quite easily throw a spanner in the proverbial works. On the other hand, a strong relationship with the Russians would allow Bartholomew and Alexei to present an united front necessary for corporate reunion.