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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: Greek-American Bishop for ACROD?
Posted by Al on 6/10/2012, 6:10 am, in reply to "Re: Greek-American Bishop for ACROD?"
My understanding is that only bishops (plural) can consecrate a bishop. The authority to consecrate, therefore lies only with legitimate bishops. Consequently, unless the canons specify that bishops have only ceremonial responsibility and authority (a very common American perception of the Epsicopate), the role of the clergy and laity can only be advisory.
I would assume that the members of ACROD are satisfied with the process for selecting their bishop. If not, let them voice their concerns. It's a shame that the canons only prohibit ordained clergy from meddling in the affairs of a diocese other than their own.
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