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Who are the real Athonites?

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#21 Father David Moser

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 07:20 PM

I think maybe its time to take a break on this topic for a couple of days.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 10:27 PM

On the 15th canon of the 1st-2nd Synod, the following was written by the highly-respected Serbian canonist Bishop Nikodim (Milas) of Dalamtia (+1915) in Canons of the Orthodox Church, With a Commentary:

Archimandrite John (a well-known Russian Canonist), having in view the historical circumstances of the Church of Russia, observes, in his interpretation of the present Canon, completely correctly and in accordance with a rigorous conception of Canonical science, that a Presbyter who secedes from his own Bishop by reason of heretical teaching will not be culpable, but praiseworthy, yet when and only when the said Bishop begins preaching a doctrine that openly contradicts the teaching of the Orthodox Church and has been formally condemned by the Church, and if he proclaims this false doctrine openly, publicly, and in Church, with resolute intent to subvert Orthodox teaching and to uphold heresy; if otherwise (if, that is, a Bishop expresses some private opinion of his on matters of faith and morals which might appear to someone as incorrect, but is not especially important and is easily corrected, the Bishop not yet having been inculpated for deliberate unorthodoxy, or again, if the Bishop in question expresses his erroneous doctrine in a narrower circle of particular persons, so that it is attainable that the doctrine in question be corrected within this narrower circle, the peace of the Church not being breached), in such a case no Presbyter has the right to secede high-handedly from his own Bishop and create a schism; otherwise, he will be subject to the injunction prescribed regarding these matters by the Thirty-first Apostolic Canon.

In regards to the text in bold, can we honestly say these conditions have been met?

Edited by Christophoros, 21 December 2010 - 10:48 PM.

#23 Georgios Stavronikitianos

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 10:43 AM

Hi all,

For the record, Mount Athos is not an island, it is a peninsula.

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