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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: We have reached consensus on the autocephaly procedure - Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk
Posted by Dean Calvert on 5/10/2010, 8:24 pm, in reply to "Re: We have reached consensus on the autocephaly procedure - Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk"
Hi Al, |
Reading your response to Leo, I was struck by something. Please don't be offended by this.
I've spent the last 5 years telling many in the OCA, "You want to BE the American...then start ACTING like the American church."
The culture in the OCA seems to enjoy acting as lapdogs to the EP....have never understood that. And I really expected (and continue to expect) that to change with Met. Jonah.
Now, I read by you, and others, that it's the MP we need to worry about..God forbid that they don't recognize the OCA.
I guess my question is this, with all due respect: Who cares what the EP thinks, and who cares what the MP thinks?
I mean, seriously, the OCA is here, and we are not going anywhere. Not because the EP says to, and not because the MP changes it's mind.
It seems to me that the sooner we start acting like the American church, not worrying about who recognizes us and who doesn't, the sooner we will BECOME the American church.
You've had YEARS of experience with these (OCA) folks...does that make any sense to you?
thanks in advance.