- Jan 30, 2003
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I strongly disagree.The Great Schism did not leave a leadership vacuum in the Orthodox Church.
Recall that after the fall of Judas (no, I am not comparing the Pope to Judas!) it was necessary that his position be filled. The lot fell to Matthias.
If Peter was the leader of the early Church, which I believe he clearly was, and the bishops of Rome were Peter's successors, then the absence of the Bishop of Rome from the College of Bishops most certainly creates a leadership vacuum.
That is not to say that others cannot or have not stepped up to fill the vacuum.
But such a situation is clearly not the one intended by Christ.