First Without Equals: A Response to the Text on Primacy of the Moscow Patriarchate

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros with His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Theological School of Halki.

In a recent synodal decision,[1] the Church of Russia seems once again[2] to choose its isolation from both the theological dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church and communion of the Orthodox Churches. Two points are worth noting from the outset, which are indicative of the intent of the Church of Russia’s Synod:

First, its desire to undermine the text of Ravenna,[3] by invoking seemingly theological reasons in order to justify the absence of its delegation from the plenary meeting of the …

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  1. “The Patriarch of Constantinople, who for centuries has occupied the place of the first among the equals, among the Primates of Local Orthodox Churches, now claims to become ‘the first without the equals’ – an arbiter who believes to have a right to interfere in the internal affairs of Local Orthodox Churches by unilaterally regulating the application of any canonical norm in them. He claims the power over history itself by revoking decisions made over three centuries ago. If this new concept of primacy in the Church is to be believed, none of church resolutions is now firm and unchangeable – at any moment it can be unilaterally canceled on the basis of political profit or other interests.”

    – Metropolitan Hilarion of Voloklamsk

  2. Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia:

    “When the apostles disputed about who should have the first place, Jesus rebuke them: You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It should not be so among you (Matt. 20:25-26). Christ is entirely unambiguous: ‘Not so among you!’ The exercise of authority within the Church is to be utterly different from that which prevails in civil organizations.

    “As a Kingdom not of this world—Eucharistic, Pentecostal, eschatological—the Church is unique. She is never to be assimilated to models of power and government prevailing in the fallen world around us. The bishop is not a feudal overlord or an elected parliamentary representative. The chief bishop or primate is neither a dictator nor a constitutional monarch nor the chairman of a board of directors.

    “Having stated what ecclesial authority is not, Jesus then goes on to specify what it is. It should not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant (diakonos)… even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matt. 20:26-28). Such is the true meaning of primacy. The first shall be the last. Power, says Christ, means service; exousia signifies diakonia. The perspective has to be reversed, the pyramid stood upon its head. All genuine primacy is kenotic; the primate is the servant of all.”

  3. Why is the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s bishop in Italy not based in Rome? Because of there is an Orthodox bishop in Rome that bishop is Pope, the real Pope, not a Latin imposter. And do you know what that means for the Archbishop of Constantinople? He is no longer first among equals! That title goes to the Orthodox bishop of Rome.

  4. Here is proof your heathen church, esp slavs, begat communism:

    Columbia History of the World 1972 p456-7
    “In 1342 the wealthy city of Thessalonike was seized by a
    popular party, which proclaimed a program of social wlefare and
    religious puritanism, massacred the upper classes, and established a
    commune which maintained itself until 1350, thus isolating the city
    from the rest of the empire… usurpation of John VI Cantacuzenus
    against the legitimate heir John V Paleologus found regional support
    which weakened still further the cohesion of the empire.. At various
    points of his career, John Cantacuzenus owed his survival to the
    support of the Serbian czar or the Ottoman sultan”

  5. The FBI should shut down Jordanville just as they did Kenilworth!

    Old calendar czar freaks of ROCOR were spawned by triple agent soviet provocateur “Prince” Turkul (Unholy Trinity 1998 p.152) to make them look foolish. If they really wanted “old” calendar they should have used to Hebrew lunar Jesus used not the one his Roman slaughterers did. Czars were just as communist as Stalin as they had free health care and education. and were intolerant of land ownership on grounds the grand obschina was their mother Mokosh. Cardinal sins and toll houses are Persian Ishtar astrology also found the pseudepigraphas of Reuben and the twelve patriarchs. They are no different than purgatory or reincarnation. They are dharmic syncretism just like hyperventilating hallucination hesticlasim.

  6. In the context of the Orthodox Church’s universal presence all over the world, the Orthodox witness requires today, more than ever, additional openness, discussions, exchanges of expertise and the deployment of traditional canonical conciliarity between all the Orthodox Churches to unify their testimony in the modern world. This is why the two Churches confirm that it is in the best-interest of the Orthodox Church to embark upon a self-critical review of all the unilateral processes and decisions. This will lead to the preservation of the bonds of unity and communion in brotherhood, love and peace between all the Orthodox Churches, being members of one body (the Body of the Christ). We also require a serious, efficient and processual reactivation of the spirit of unity, consultation, conciliarity and the application of the principle of consensus in approaching and deciding on the common matters between Orthodox Churches. These especially include the decisions related to the granting of autocephaly, based on the principles of Orthodox ecclesiology and canonical order.

    Orthodox conciliarity is the only efficient way to avoid further deterioration between the Orthodox Churches leading to even deeper estrangement, division and separation. These very things threaten the unity of the whole Orthodox body. Only sound conciliarity, which is based in the first place on the unity of the Eucharistic Chalice, can and should be the basis and the foundation for all we do.

    1. (cont’d)

      The dangerous situation in the Orthodox world, resulting from the situation in Ukraine, cannot continue without ultimately establishing a lasting division between all the members of the Orthodox Church. That is detrimental to the peace bond in the Orthodox pleroma and to its testimony in today’s world.

      Therefore, and given the urgent need to avoid further escalation in the current crisis, the Serbian and Antiochian Patriarchs appeal to their brother, His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch, to restore the fraternal dialogue with the Orthodox Church of Russia in order to, with the fraternal assistance and participation of all the other primates of the Local Orthodox Autocephalous Churches, resolve the conflict between the Patriarchates of Constantinople and Moscow and to restore back the bond of peace in the Orthodox Church,

      THE PATRIARCHATE OF SERBIA
      PATRIARCH IRINEY

      THE PATRIARCHATE OF ANTIOCH
      PATRIARCH JOHN X

  7. Meanwhile, back at the ranch – let’s place our F O C U S on what the hell’s wrong with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America !? !?
    Let me count the ways… … ..

  8. Back at the ranch… lets count the ways …your government and media are making all religous communiites enemies of the state ..and that includes Muslims and Orthodox Christians..who happen to be the dominant religions in all the countries of the world they are currently looking to take over and bomb and not influenced by the Anglo churches of England and America!

    In particular..their latest target is countries who are religiously alligned with Orthodox Russia, and Iran ..who are alligned with Shia Muslims in Syria,, lebanon, Iraq , a mortal enemies of the Salafist Sunni Muslim religions of Saudi Arabia and UAE ..who happen to be the greatest allies of the Anglo alliance of Britain and U.S. Neo cons..where freedom of religion does not exist!

    The Ukraine insult ..has clearly , seen how Bartholomew…is now on the same payroll of his stooges in the Greek government to serve the interests of degenerate war mongers to divide and conquer all the cutlures, religions and institutions which maintained the independence of the countries of the world …and their national interests!

    Somehow..they have made nationalism a dirty word…and wish to tranfer the values of the orthodox church from the people to a Global body of white supremancist in the EU, United States , England, Israel and Saudi Arabia!

    Loan..is absolutely correct in defining what the Orthodox church should do to prevent the continued deterioration of the Orthodox Churches sovereignty! ..

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