We hosted one of these conferences in Melbourne a couple of years ago – Archbishop Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church came out for the event.
This Orientale Lumen Conference – number XV apparently – took place in Washington, and was (like all OL conferences) especially designed to bring Western Catholics, Eastern Catholics, Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox together in dialogue.
This time the conference was on the topic of “Rome and the Communion of Churches: Bishop, Patriarch or Pope?” – a topic recently discussed on these pages and of interest to many readers.
All the sessions are available for audio download (Nb. you can’t download the audio it from the main program page – although you can listen to them there – you have to click the heading for each session and go to the separate pages for that session to download).
Many of the speakers will be known to you. Adam DeVille is one – we’ve been talking about his book “Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy”. Others are Fr Ron Roberson who, if I am not mistaken, is the author of the most authoritative directory of Eastern Churches ever published. Kallistos (aka Timothy) Ware was there, the author of one of the best known introductions to Orthodoxy ever published. And Fr Robert Taft – a man of decided opinions in the East/West dialogue and the author of dozens of books on Eastern matters – too. As well as Cardinal McCarrick.
HT to Tighe for this one. Tighe also provided a link to a blog of an Eastern chappy who gives an interesting reason why he did not plan to attend the OL Conference this time round…