Cardinal Koch: In principle there is already a consensus on papal primacy


For centuries, the Pope claimed clear primacy for all Christian churches. Now new sounds are coming from Rome that might also be acceptable to other church leaders. Curia Cardinal Kurt Koch comments in an interview.

The Vatican has presented a document with proposals for an ecumenical honorary primacy for the Pope. In an interview, Curia Cardinal Kurt Koch of the Dicastery for Christian Unity explains what could happen next.

Question: Cardinal Koch, the Anglican representative in Rome, Archbishop Ian Ernest, called the document a great success. What is this success due to?

Koch: The papal office, which has long been seen as the greatest obstacle to Christian unity, is now becoming an important opportunity to promote this unity and make it more visible.

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