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#1 Hieromonk Ambrose

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 09:04 PM

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sympathetic Skeptics: Lay Orthodox Christians Hold Their Ground on Orthodox-Catholic Church Reunion

The results of the 2010 Lay Orthodox Survey on Attitudes Toward Orthodox-Catholic Reunion

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I. Executive Summary

"Sympathetic skepticism" and unwavering faithfulness to Orthodox Tradition aptly describe the attitudes, some positive, some negative that the 2010 Orthodox Lay People Survey recorded from Orthodox respondents when faced with the prospect of reunion between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches. Although most respondents were remarkably open to exploring reconciliation and even for receiving a Council's decision authorizing and enabling reunion, Orthodox respondents envisioned reunion only along strictly Orthodox theological lines, leaving little room for dogmatic diversity and with a significantly redefined notion of Roman Papal Primacy if one is to be retained at all.

Despite exhaustive mutual consultation and general councils, reconciliation between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches may not take place at the grassroots, where lay Orthodox Christians reject membership within the reconciled Churches, making reconciliation a mere canonical formality without practical consequences and real liturgical communion between the Churches.

Edited by Olga, 16 October 2010 - 04:52 PM.
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#2 Hieromonk Ambrose

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 11:28 PM

This is a very good insight:

"Orthodox and Catholics leaders must also be aware that conciliar consultation whether intramurally between the Orthodox Churches or between the Orthodox Churches and the Catholic Church, will not result necessarily in the healing of the schism. Orthodox Christians are conditioned by their Tradition to not accept conciliar decisions without question, nor do they conceive of such councils as binding and ecumenical without general reception of their teaching by the whole Church, and that takes time. A tradition of dissent from and even of condemning conciliar agreements that depart from Eastern Orthodoxy has been common currency in the Orthodox Churches for centuries. Many will invoke this tradition to support their rejection of any reunion council despite a substantive agreement on all significant issues. In other words, reunion is far from certain, even if all consultation mechanisms are exhausted, unless lay Orthodox Christians are convinced that reunion would be in the best interest of their Churches, and more importantly, that such a union does not do violence to their faith."

Read more: http://vivificat1.bl...y-orthodox.html

Edited by Herman Blaydoe, 15 October 2010 - 11:57 PM.





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