An inciteful and historical perspective on the question of Universal Primacy as claimed by the Bishop of Rome. This is a must read for all those interested in learning the historic position of Christ's Church regarding conciliar and collegial governance since the Church's founding, passed down through the centuries and maintained by the Ecumenical Councils.
Unfortunately, the rise of the Bishop of Rome to a political status via the Emperor Constantine in the fourth century, the temporal power afforded him by such political status, the claim to dogmatic Infallibility after selling off Papal States and thus relinquishing Papal temporal influence in the nineteenth century, the signing of the 1929 Lateran Treaty, etc., has grotesquely compromised the historical position of the Universal Church and lent itself to creating schisms and dissension within the Body of Christ for centuries. Hopefully the new Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, will help transform the present state of affairs in the Roman Catholic Church and place his ecclesial position within its proper historical context.
For all those Roman Catholics that place their faith in the Church based on the cult of papal prestige that has evolved over the centuries, as a result of political machinations and power mongering, I highly recommend the following article for your edification:
"Position of the Moscow Patriarchate on the Problem of Primacy in the Universal Church"