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James, once again greetings and we hope to have you share your thoughts further in this forum. I suggest you read over the material in this thread to get a further understanding of where we are at. As I commented to Ted that there are several early church writings before the Great Schism to indicate the primacy of authority of Peter and not just a primacy of honor. I quoted a few fathers earlier in this thread. I can quote some Eastern fathers if you wish as well. Althougth at the time they weren’t really aware of an Eastern and Western as we think of it. This is something that the Orthodox Church needs to address if they plan to unite with the RC. It is difficult for me to ignore X father or X father throughout early church history talking about Peter in an authoritative manner. The language used is not just in an honorable way, but also authoritative.
Let me know your thoughts.