Orthodoxy today is at a crossroads in America and throughout the world, writes George C. Michalopulos in Canon 28 and Eastern Papalism: Cause or Effect? on the main page of AOI. One of the great challenges facing us is inter-Orthodox cooperation. Specifically, how are new mission fields identified? And how are they granted autocephaly? What is the purpose of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and by what authority does it claim primatial honors?
Michalopulos’ essay examines the primatial claims of the Church of Constantinople and specifically, Canon 28 of the Council of Chalcedon, which has become the proof-text of recent Constantinopolitan claims which have startled many in the Orthodox world.