The Chaldean Patriarch has proposed that both he and the head of the Ancient Church of the East resign (there is no current Catholicos of the Assyrian Church of the East) so the three “branches” may unite and pick a common patriarch. The resulting church would be simply named “The Church of the East” and would be in full communion with Rome.
This can only be good news. If it were to succeed, it would be the case of a splintered church reuniting in a long time (the Melkites of Antioch are still praying for reunification with the Antiochian Orthodox).
Based on some of the initial buzz, it looks like the old dumb controversy over the “validity” of Addai and Mari might heat up again. Rather than worry about this, we should pray for the success of this movement. Especially when we consider that an almost identical thing happened in the West…
Just as the truest Baptism is that of blood (St. Cyprian of Carthage), it would seem that the truest Ecumenism is that of blood.