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#1 Ken McRae

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 04:50 AM

Athonite Fathers Call for Rejection of Cretan Council and Cessation of Commemoration of the Patriarch of Constantinople | Orthodox Ethos

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#2 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 07:16 PM

It seems that so far the call has not been heeded though that should not be interpreted as support by the Holy Mountain for the ecumenism of the Ecumenical Patriarch (and some members of the Holy Synod of Constantinople). Notable hierarchs have expressed their concerns about the proceedings on Crete such as Metropolitan Hierotheos. A very measured Encyclical was published by Metropolitan Nicholas of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki (in, I think, 2014) on the more general issue of relations with the western confessions (I cannot provide the link but 'Google' this and it can be found). Many faithful are concerned about the ecumenism of Patriarch Bartholomew.


[Metropolitan Nicholas has a particular insight into the west since he studied astrophysics at Harvard and worked for NASA.]

#3 Phoebe K.

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 08:54 PM

It must be noted that not all the patriarchates attended the council and even among those who did there is not consensus.  The synods and Patriarchs of Russia, Georgia and Antioch to name but the largest three did not attend and have not accepted the council.  http://antiochpatria...8/#English here is the statement by the synod of Antioch last year, where the point is made that that synod considers the council a preparatory meeting not an Ecumenical council and non binding on the Patriarchate or any of the diocese of it.


This is not the first time Athos has made such gestures and I am shore it will not be last, we must just see how things pan out and pray that ether Patriarch Bartholomew realises that many of his flock do not agree with him, or the Lord arranges for a solution.



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