I think what His Eminence misses with his statement is that the Balamand agreement wherein both Catholic and Orthodox participants came to say that the Eastern Catholic Churches "had the right to exist" is part of the foundation of future agreements. So the document that was just agreed on probably assumes Balamand. Otherwise, the whole exercise is just twisting in the wind, if each one means it is done in isolation.
As I've said before, I think it may be time for a reflection about the ecumenical endeavor. After the Pan-Orthodox Great Council, it is apparent that a very significant part of the Orthodox Church is not in favor of the ecumenical efforts of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. I think that there are also sections of the Latin Church that are not in favor of this endeavor either.
The hard questions are whether we really want to be in communion--in the sense that Father Robert Taft spoke of and which was linked on this forum in the past. We all seem to have things that make the other uncomfortable. What, then, is of the essence and what is something we can live with--something like having that crazy relative we wince at when we think of the upcoming holiday season when families gather. Even more to the point--are we too comfortable with our divisions?
I have to think in terms of the genocide of our brethren in Islamic countries and the more subtle, but equally virulent, persecution of secularists in what many think are countries where we think we are living in peace. Together we stand; divided we are picked off one by one.