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"We have concluded that when the principle of phyletism (i.e. ecclesiastical nationalism) is juxtaposed with the teaching of the Gospel and the constant practice of the Church, it is not only foreign to it, but also completely opposed, to it. We decree the following in the Holy Spirit: 1. We reject and condemn racial division, that is, racial differences, national quarrels and disagreements in the Church of Christ, as being contrary to the teaching of the Gospel and the holy canons of our blessed fathers, on which the holy Church is established and which adorn human society and lead it to Divine piety. 2. In accordance with the holy canons, we proclaim that those who accept such division according to races and who dare to base on it hitherto unheard-of racial assemblies are foreign to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and are real schismatics."
Re: Why the Herald may be right.
Posted by Dean Calvert on 4/30/2010, 8:12 am, in reply to "Re: Why the Herald may be right."
Dear Al, |
Re: I wish the Church in Russia nothing but success, but one really has to be careful about thinking that the enemy of your enemy is truly your friend.
Just to be clear, I'm not FOR Russian hegemony, although I can sympathize with their point of view.
But I AM for removing obstacles to American unity - if it takes a reordering of the diptychs to allow that to happen, so be it.
Think about it - isn't it ridiculous that the ecumenical patriarchate has placed itself in that position. Instead of leading the charge for the establishment of local Orthodox Churches, leading to order in the Orthodox oecumene, as is their responsibility - they have become to major obstacle to that happening.
You really have to scratch your head...or at least I do.