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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: More on the Synaxis of Orthodox Patriarchs in Cyprus
Posted by Dean Calvert on 4/6/2012, 8:42 am, in reply to "Re: More on the Synaxis of Orthodox Patriarchs in Cyprus"
Message modified by user dcalvert 4/6/2012, 8:49 am
Personally, I consider this an embarrassment.
If I had been living in Athens for 50 years, would i be marching in a Fourth of July parade?
I don't think so.
To be honest, while it's amusing, it betrays a much bigger problem. Palamas said it 600 years ago - when you replace Christ at the center of the church, you've got big problems.
PS BTW - I could care less what the Irish do in the St Patrick's Day parade. Ours is the culture of diversity....1500 years before it was fashionable. Succumbing to this ethnic nonsense is going backwards, and only illustrates the backward leadership coming from Phanar. They cling to it because they have nothing else to offer.