[lbo-talk] Comments from the informed? "The 1, 500 year old schism fuelling the clash between Russia and the West"

Michael Smith mjs at smithbowen.net
Sun Mar 9 11:13:00 PDT 2014

On Mar 9, 2014, at 9:35 AM, Joseph Catron <jncatron at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 6:44 AM, Michael Smith <mjs at smithbowen.net> wrote:
> 'a Greek-Orthodox Metropolitan (a title roughly equal to
>> Cardinal from what I can gather)'.
> I've actually had occasion to research the title recently (best not to
> ask). It depends very much on which Orthodox church you mean. Within the
> Eastern communion, they're above archbishops, and akin to cardinals

I'd've said there's nothing much like a cardinal except a cardinal; the whole idea is so tied to the Papacy that there really isn't anything similar in Orthodoxy, is there? Sheptytsky was a Greek Catholic, which is to say a Roman Catholic in gorgeous Eastern vestments, so he might have been a cardinal or he might not. AFAIK he wasn't.

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