The pope of Christian Unity, Pope Benedict authorized the Anglican Ordinariate which in some ways is like the Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church, some of whom never went into schism with Rome and others returned to full Communion with Rome after the Great Schism.
But is this true? Is the Ordinariate like the Eastern Rites?
It seems from this statement, Pope Francis is opposed to East/West unity using the Eastern Rites in full communion with him.
That would seem to imply that the Ordinariate method of Protestant reunification with the pope is not the way to go either, for example an ordinariate for the Lutherans.
What do you think when you read what Pope Francis recently said? This is from Sandro Magister and you can read his full, long article HERE.
Here in fact is what Francis said to the delegation of the patriarchate of Moscow, headed by its powerful “foreign minister,” Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk:
"Before you I would like to reiterate – in a special way before you, my dear brother, and before all of you – that the Catholic Church will never allow an attitude of division to arise from her people. We will never allow ourselves to do this, I do not want it. In Moscow – in Russia – there is only one Patriarchate: yours. We will not have another one. And when some Catholic faithful, be they laypeople, priests or bishops, raise the banner of Uniatism, which does not work anymore, and is over, then it causes me pain. The Churches that are united in Rome must be respected, but Uniatism as a path of unity is not valid today."
And further on:
"The Catholic Church, the Catholic Churches must not get involved in internal matters of the Russian Orthodox Church, nor in political issues. This is my attitude, and the attitude of the Holy See today. And those who meddle do not obey the Holy See."