I’m always amused by the way we craft our stories. The life of St Gregory in the earlier post says,
He rebuked the presumption of John, Patriarch of Constantinople, who had taken to himself the title of Bishop of the Universal Church.
I found that interesting: since this is 500 years before “The Great Schism” finalized, but I know the politics were in play long before. So I took a look – you may enjoy it in a Church Geeky way as well:
This life of Patriarch John which is all about his holy teachings – and nothing at all about the politics – as compared to this article about him which says there’s nothing really authentic about any of the writings attributed to him and goes on, rather at length, about the politics of it all. (I rather enjoyed the point that “ecumenical patriarch” might only mean “house priest” in the Imperial Court.)
I’m sure the truth is someplace else, but I hope that both John and Gregory are praying for us and that they’ve both learned to get a long a little better.