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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, May 03, 2022

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and


One of the difficulties faced by the Orthodox churches is their territorial character which, considering Christ’s universal mission, does not effectively mirror the ultimate lines of authority established by our Redeemer. That problem is nowhere more evident at present than in the denunciation of the Moscow Patriarch by the Ecumenical Patriarch in Constantinople, who holds a primacy of honor among the Orthodox.

“You cannot claim to be a brother to another people and bless the war waged by your state,” said Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.  …

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