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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: A new dynamic?
Posted by Dean Calvert on 8/3/2010, 11:40 am, in reply to "A new dynamic?"
I think a part of this 'new dynamic' that you mention is this...
While it was obvious "nothing" was going to happen, a sound strategy was to "wait and see"...which is what Met. Philip has been doing for years. In a way, surrounded by the likes of Met. Herman (and probably knowing the true story long ago), who could blame him?
Now, however, the game has changed. Whatever their motivations, the Old Countries suddenly seem interested in solving the problem. Some sort of resolution is coming...and it may not be the one you want if you just sit and wait.
So, from the narrow standpoint of Metropolitan Philip and the AOCA, a "wait and see" strategy is no longer tenable. Action is now needed...unless he wants to end up under the Ecumenical Patriarch. I've suggested the metropolitan brush up on his Greek..LOL
Basically, it's time to "put up" or "shut up" - and it wouldn't surprise me to hear that someone is saying it just that bluntly, somewhere out of sight.
Seriously, I think that "new dynamic" fits in very nicely with what you are describing...which is why i suggested (above) that unity efforts outside the EA be pursued at full speed...on an independent track - or at least not waiting for an EA solution.