The joint statement of the Pope and the ‘Patriarch’ of Moscow contains the following paragraph:
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 neighbours. Orthodox and Greek Catholics are in need of reconciliation and of mutually acceptable forms of co–existence.
This is the ultimate insult to the Eastern Churches and the ultimate illustration of precisely the phenomenon it purports to reject. The authentic Easter Churches, the bishops of the non-Roman rites in communion with the Holy See, are casually insulted and referred to as ‘ecclesial communities’ by the Patriarch of Rome for the sake of a superficial public relations opportunity with a schismatic. Presumably this is how the dissident Byzantines could expect to be treated also if they ever did come back into union with Rome?