I was busy being a priest this morning and didn't have a chance to see the inauguration Mass of Pope Francis. From what people say it seemed a very elegant Liturgy.
I was interested to see the Pope was joined in the Confessio of St Peter by Byzantine Rite Bishops, I presume as the Patriarch of Constantinople was not there, they were only those in Communion with Rome. It is a nice touch and reminder that the Pope is the head of the Church and not just the Latin or Roman Catholic Church.
I suppose it was this liturgical act that caused the Metropolitan Hillarion to warn against the Pope's support of Ukrainian Church. Argentina is one of its strongholds.
I thought this was a little sour:
“The union is the most painful topic in the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue, in relations between the Orthodox and the Catholics. If the pope will support the union, then, of course, it will bring no good,"
Metropolitan Hilarion noted that the Orthodox often had a suspicious attitude toward the Jesuits.
“It is believed that a Jesuit is someone who on the outside is one person, but inside someone else, says one thing, but means something else. This idea has been confirmed in real life by Jesuits and through our experience with such representatives,” said Metropolitan Hilarion.
He also said that the head of the Catholic Church must take care of the whole church and its relations with other churches, not protect the interests of a particular order or region.
“I hope that the positive momentum that we have had in our relations with the Roman Catholic Church under Pope Benedict XVI will continue under Pope Francis,” summed up the hierarch.