Under another entry I had mentioned the move made by Pope Benedict a few years ago to change the titles of Major Roman Basilica’s from "Patriarchal" Basilicas to "Papal" Basilicas. He left aside his title "Patriarch of the West". Commentators leapt on that issue, and so derailed the entry.
But I sense that there are some rich possibilities for discussion in the Holy Father’s moves.
Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity.
So, I open this entry with the purpose of providing an amicable discussion about the reasons behind and effects of Pope Benedict’s move to alter the titles of the Basilicas and to leave aside his title as Patriarch of the West.
Was this a helpful decision for ecumenical purposes?
Was this merely something internal to the West, Latins?
What theological implications could those changes have or represent?