With respect to the recently published articles reporting that allegedly His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew believes that it is possible for the Greek Catholics (Uniates) to have a “double union”, in other words, full communion with Rome as well as with Constantinople, the Ecumenical Patriarchate refutes this inaccurate statement and affirms it was never made. The Ecumenical Patriarchate repeats its position that full union in faith is a prerequisite for sacramental communion.At the Patriarchate, the 5th of July 2008
From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy Synod
Correction from the Phanar
July 6, 2008 by Irenaeus
This, of course, makes complete sense, whereas the early reports definitely did not. Both Catholics and Orthodox believe firmly that unity in matters of faith must be accomplished before there is full communion. Now, I’d still like to know what exactly Bartholomew said that was so misconstrued by the original reporter.