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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: Presentation by Fr. Chad Hatfield at the Conference on Religious Freedom
Posted by David Adrian on 6/12/2012, 11:37 pm, in reply to "Re: Presentation by Fr. Chad Hatfield at the Conference on Religious Freedom"
See "Not just a concern for Catholics" on the Koinonia website at http://palamas.info/. Commenting on a story from the Catholic News Agency, Father Gregory writes:
"At some point the Orthodox Christians will have to decide as well whether or not we are going to defend religious liberty or not.
"Simply put, will we remain on the sidelines while others are mistreated [or] will we join our voices in condemning unjust laws? Archbishop Iakovos of blessed memory marched with Martin Luther King Jr. Can we do any less today in response to laws that require Catholics to violate their own moral teaching?
"As it stands now if Catholics are to be faithful to their own tradition they must risk either legal sanction or the loss of a wide range of ministries that testify to the truth of the Gospel.
"Can we as Orthodox Christians really claim to love Christ if we stand by without protest? Or are we simply naive, or secularized, that we imagine that we will escape tomorrow what today the Catholic Church [faces?] today?"