August 13, 2019
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This week, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew ordained to the episcopacy the new bishop-elect Ambrosios of Evdokias at the Holy Church of St. Alypios in Antalya where he said: “My visit today and our common prayer coincide with an unfortunate situation of Orthodoxy in general and particularly in the relations of the Mother Church of Constantinople and the daughter Church of Russia. Unfortunately, the sister Church of Russia decided to break communion with us, with the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in order to show her dissatisfaction over the issue of Autocephaly of the Church in Ukraine. We have not followed, we have not broken communion with her, she is a daughter of Constantinople, we always love her whatever happens, and today you heard in the Diptychs that I commemorated His Beatitude Patriarch Kirill. It is a temptation for all of us and a difficulty about which we will all pray. But, unfortunately, the Russian Church does not help, and it creates additional problems by sending priests un-canonically and against the rules, are liturgizing in various parts of Turkey. The same thing is done here in your own area. There is a priest who comes and liturgizes in Belek, and you know that Turkey is exclusively the canonical territory of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. I urge my brothers, all of you, to stay united around your Metropolitan, our brother Sotirios, and the new Bishop Ambrosios, and listen to their advice. We desire for peace and love to return quickly to our mutual relations. What I ask of you, as your Patriarch, is to have unity and obedience for your own Bishop. . .”
Russia, like the diaspora, is slipping into a daughter role. If Russia continues to misbehave can Mommy Dearest rip the pearls of autocephaly away from her pretty, little neck?
It’s a possibility, suggested Archbishop Job in Chambésy, Switzerland, November 2, 2018: “. . . these new autocephalous or new patriarchates were never confirmed by an Ecumenical Council, since they were created by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, then, at some point, if the Ecumenical Patriarchate deems it necessary, it can cancel this status. . . He expressed hope that the Russian Church “will come to reason and return to unity with the Ecumenical throne, because the Ecumenical throne does not want to break relations with the Orthodox Church in Russia.” “But,” he continued, “if this situation persists for a long time, then, of course, the Ecumenical throne, as the first throne of ecumenical Orthodoxy, will be forced to take certain measures—to resort to certain decisions to ensure the unity of the Church.”
So in one sentence relationship between Cpole and Moscow is that of a “mother and daughter” but in the next sentence, Moscow is a “sister” Church? Only to be relegated to a “daughter” again in the next sentence? Does any of this make sense? And in what context?
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