Regina Caeli reports that an ecumenical breakthrough may in the works between Rome and Moscow, through the mediation of Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus. According to Chrysostomos (in an interview with the Italian magazine L’Espresso):
… This is really the right time [for a reunification] for several reasons. There is a Pope who deeply knows Greek theology. On the other hand, a Patriarch of Constantinople open to ecumenical dialogue. (…) The great part of Catholics and Orthodox are inside the same common Europe. The reasons are manifold. What is important is that the reunification be not imposed from above, but shared by the people, by the faithful, so that it may be complete and may work.
Yes, I do think that this is a very “Polyanna-ish” statement from the good Archbishop, and I certainly don’t think that any sort of reunification will happen any time soon. I am even a tad skeptical that a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Patriarch Alexis II will ever take place. Yet, I am still happy to read about the efforts of the Archbishop of Cyprus. My guess is that he knows full well that reunification is still an impossibility at this time in history. But perhaps he agrees with some recent words of the Pope on the hard work of Orthodox-Catholic ecumenism: “We are obliged to proceed toward unity, and moving toward unity is already a form of unity.”