Yes, thank you - that is an important point that has been overlooked here.
The Bishop-elect, an EC, studied at St Vladimir's Orthodox seminary where he had Orthodox colleagues.
That, in and of itself, is very positive and hopeful insofar as it shows that an EC Hierarch could have his theological formation influenced by studies at an Orthodox seminary - something that would have been unheard of not too long ago.
When the differences between Byzantine Catholicism and Orthodoxy are examined through the prism of their shared spiritual, theological and canonical traditions - the differences appear to be almost just semantic (save, of course, for the issue of the papacy - which EC's too can and have recast in "Eastern" terms).
The relationships between EC's, RC's and Orthodox that have developed in this ecumenical interplay have nothing in them of the to-and-fro that one can find among converts who define faith in "seige mentality" terms - on all sides. And that is a good thing.
The bishop-elect's experiences in this respect bode very well for his future leadership role not only within the UGCC but also in the Catholic-Orthodox dialogue.
Thank you, once again, sir!
Last edited by Orthodox Catholic; 08/14/14 08:43 AM.