I have some friends who wrote to me to let me know they've been Orthodox for 13 years. I had no idea, since i haven't seen them since the first time I went to college. They gave me some good information to correct my previous post, so I wanted to make sure to include it:
...the Ecumenical Patriarch is a Pope of sorts, but he is not at the top of the pyramid as in Roman circles. He is the first among equals with regard to several other patriarchs of the same rank. They have jurisdiction over varying geographic areas. For example there is a Patriarch in Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, and Moscow to name a few. Rome was once numbered among these but due to sin and death in the world the church divided and has yet to be healed though we pray for it daily.
Thank you, Chris, for the information. I remain fascinated by this man.