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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."
Don't scratch too hard
Posted by Herman Blaydoe on 6/14/2012, 9:11 am, in reply to "Re: As an adopted Nawshe myself..."
Message modified by user Herman 7/9/2012, 1:00 pm
Not hard to explain really. I am aware and there certainly has been some hopeful conjecture. But Bishops Michael and Matthias may be happy where they are now and the OCA may be loathe to part with them. |
At any rate, when all else is said and done, the EP is doing the picking and given the existance of the Episcopal Assembly this might be his last chance to have a direct say in such matters. He is not going to pick someone from a jurisdiction that does not owe him any allegiance. It doesn't have to make sense.