Ecclesiology

Publications: 37

The Ecumenical Patriarchate and the “Barbarian Lands” Theory
Ecclesiology, Inter-Orthodox Relations

The Ecumenical Patriarchate and the “Barbarian Lands” Theory

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски One of the keystone prerogatives claimed by the Ecumenical Patriarchate is its jurisdiction over the so-called “diaspora”—regions not included within the geographic boundaries of the other Autocephalous Churches. She insists that this exclusive extraterritorial jurisdiction is rooted in Canon 28 of Chalcedon which states:…

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Bishops and Pentecost
Ecclesiology, Theology

Bishops and Pentecost

Bishops are regularly in the news for exercising their authority and then either coming under fire or being praised for doing so. Over the last couple months we’ve seen volcanic reactions for and against Archbishop Elpidophoros presiding at the baptism of a gay couple’s children in Greece. When the bishops of the Orthodox Church in…

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Dark Ecclesiology: What We Do in the Shadows
Ecclesiology, Theology

Dark Ecclesiology: What We Do in the Shadows

Speaking about human rights in Orthodoxy, we must clearly understand why we need this discourse and how it will influence theology and religious consciousness. In my opinion, it has two primary purposes: protection of the weak and inclusion. Today, the debate about human rights increasingly affects Orthodox political theology and anthropology but does not affect…

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On Throwing Stones in Houses of Glass
Ecclesiology

On Throwing Stones in Houses of Glass Moscow, Constantinople, and Autocephaly

български |  Ελληνικά | Русский  |  Српски Much breath and ink continues to be spent castigating the Patriarchate of Constantinople for its “uncanonical” bestowal of autocephaly upon the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU).  Characteristic are the words of newly-elected Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia: “The actions of Constantinople in Ukraine are not in accordance with the…

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The Unity of God’s Church and the Orthodox Church
Ecclesiology, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

The Unity of God’s Church and the Orthodox Church

български | Русский | Ελληνικά | Српски Today, the Orthodox Church maintains cordial relations with other Christian churches and communities and participates in joint efforts with them to recover the visible unity of all God’s people. While most of the Orthodox faithful perceive the Church’s involvement in this joint quest for unity to be guided…

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