As has been widely reported, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met in Havana, Cuba on February 12 to sign a historic joint declaration.
The topic was Catholic-Orthodox relations, including the relationship between Greek Catholics and Orthodox faithful in Russia and the Ukraine. In all this, I’m pretty sure no one had the Ordinariate (for former members of the Anglican Communion coming into the Roman Catholic Church) in mind.
But wouldn’t the principle stated in no. 25 of the Russian Orthodox-Catholic declaration (emphasis mine) apply also to the Ordinariate ?
25. It is our hope that our meeting may also contribute to reconciliation wherever tensions exist between Greek Catholics and Orthodox. It is today clear that the past method of “uniatism,” understood as the union of one community to the other, separating it from its Church, is not the way to re–establish unity. Nonetheless, the ecclesial communities which emerged in these historical circumstances have the right to exist and to undertake all that is necessary to meet the spiritual needs of their faithful, while seeking to live in peace with their neighbors. Orthodox and Greek Catholics are in need of reconciliation and of mutually acceptable forms of co–existence.