July 31, 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...]