I enjoyed myself last night, I had dinner with Bishop Kyrillos Katerelos, who was a Greek Orthodox parish priest in Stuttgart until recently, German websites refer to him as "Dr Dr Prof". He is now Professor of Dogmatic Theology in Athens, he was consecrated Bishop at the Phanar earlier this year by the Ecumenical Patriarch. I met another priest a few years ago in Thessalonica, a professor of musicology, who was just about to be consecrated a bishop, interesting if this is deliberate trend in Orthodoxy.
When you meet a Catholic theologian you tend to ask which "school" they belong to, I mean Thomist, Augustinian, Rahnerian or Balthasarian. I asked him, his reply, "I am Orthodox". I find it refreshing talking to Orthodox theologians, who always start from basics, "God became man", it gives a vigour to their theology.
I asked him about what he felt Orthodoxy could learn from Catholicism, he said "Unity" and spoke about the difficulty of having so many different Orthodox communities, with their own hierarchies in many European cities, in Berlin for example there are at least four or five different Bishops and congregations who have little to do with one another.
He was very approving of Benedictine reforms and the looking to the common ground of the first millennium.
On Anglicanism he said, "There is little Orthodoxy has in common with Anglicanism now".
He was curious about Catholic attitudes to the ordination of women, and the possibility of an end to compulsory clerical celibacy.
He is returning before Christmas and wants to visit one of the monasteries in our diocese, I think the Charterhouse rather than Worth.