July 23, 2014

UNIVERSAL, GEOGRAPHIC, ECCLESIASTIC, JURISDICTION: Is Such A Concept Orthodox?

Archbishop Nathaniel

Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit | Originally published in Solia - The Herald, February 2000 HT: St. Andrew House Discussion Forum When an Orthodox Christian is asked to state what is considered to be a major difference between Orthodox Christianity and Roman Catholicism, the response is: "We don't have a pope." In other words, Ortho- doxy does not recognize the claim of the Bishop of Rome to have universal jurisdiction over the Church. Jesus put a question to his disciples. "But you, who do you say I am?' Then Simon Peter spoke up and said, `You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' Jesus replied, `Simon son of Jonah, you are a blessed man! Because it was no human agency that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So now I say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my community." (Mt 16:15-18 NJB) The Church of Rome interprets this to mean that the person Simon son of Jonah; now called "Peter," would be the individual in whom would reside the fullness … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Faithful Meet at Unity Conference

Get info on the OCL Conference here: www.ocl.org/roadtounity Contact: George Matsoukas, Executive Director, Orthodox Christian Laity, 877-585-0245, ocladmin@ocl.org LIGONIER, Penn., Sept. 11 /Christian Newswire/ -- Orthodox Christianity in America stands at the threshold of a new era of renewal. As the ancient faith lays down new and dynamic roots in America, new and indigenous leadership is emerging as the Church engages American culture. Meeting in Ligonier, Pennsylvania on October 20-31, 2009 for "The Road to Unity: From Vision to Action" conference, leaders and participants will develop ideas on how the American Orthodox Church can achieve unity in America. The meeting takes on greater significance as world church leaders challenge the American Orthodox jurisdictions to work together to present a nuts and bolts plan for a unified North American Church. The process toward unity was established at the Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference of Orthodox … [Read more...]

Orthodoxy in America — Past, Present and FUTURE

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