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    EP rejects candidates for Chicago Metropolis

    Yes, several sources aside from Mr. Kalmoukos. See also the Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) website. I also have spoken with several priests, including one of the most prominent in GOArch, about this matter. I have mentioned that Kalmoukos writes "Yellow Journalism," but he often intermingles it...
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    EP rejects candidates for Chicago Metropolis

    I hope you're right, never-the-less.
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    EP rejects candidates for Chicago Metropolis

    I am so very pleased to see that the Most Reverend Hierarchy of the Holy Eparchial Synod of America stood behind their "Three Person Ballot" as it was originally composed, and did not succumb to the venerable Mother Church's directive to reconstitute the Eligible Candidates List, which it has...
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    EP rejects candidates for Chicago Metropolis

    I was blaming the Ecumenical Patriarchate for the election of his successor, Archbishop Spyridon, whose 3 year Archepiscopal tenure saw more discord in the Holy Archdiocese than it had witnessed in 67 years.
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    EP rejects candidates for Chicago Metropolis

    The venerable Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is as wrong with this unprecedented act as it was with its election to succeed Archbishop Iakovos in 1996. The Holy Eparchial Synod appropriately, methodically, and prayerfully deliberated its "Three Person Ballot." Archbishop Demetrios...
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    EP rejects candidates for Chicago Metropolis

    The answer is a cleric who was within GOArch prior to 1996, but was elevated to the episcopacy and was assigned to two other posts under the Ecumenical Patriarchate and outside the Holy Archdiocese since then, is the unofficial choice of His All Holiness to fill the See of Chicago. So, the...
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    OCA and Metropolitan Jonah Reached an Understanding?

    Looks like his residency was likely the hold-up, after all. Seems the next step would be for the ROCOR Synod to elect him to a titular see and define his assignment, correct?
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    OCA and Metropolitan Jonah Reached an Understanding?

    Yes, no doubt, initiating a new monastery. fulfilling all the duties of its abbot, plus these other duties and responsibilities mentioned today on this thread, seems overwhelming for anyone, especially with his apparent lack of organizational skills, and, thus, doesn't seem to be his forte. Why...
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    OCA and Metropolitan Jonah Reached an Understanding?

    Would you elaborate, "Jeffrey," about the other options the OCA offered Metropolitan Jonah? Your last paragraph in Reply No. 1271 is the only "news" in this lengthy thread, for those, like me, who have been following it all along. I have always thought an academic position at the St. Tikhon...
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    Primacy in Orthodoxy

    By tradition.
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    Primacy in Orthodoxy

    With our less than 1 million Orthodox Christians among a populous of 3.5 million; a Patriarch?
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    Primacy in Orthodoxy

    Yes, indeed!
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    Primacy in Orthodoxy

    I answered this inquiry in Reply No. 83. P.S. St. Andrew the First Called did found the Church at Byzantium.
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    Primacy in Orthodoxy

    The Church teaches that the Church of Jerusalem was founded by St. James the Brother of the Lord. It was ranked 5th in honor as it was honored because of its connection to the Life of Christ, but it was not a principle center of population. Jesus Christ founded "the Church," not the Church of...
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    OCA Primate in Istanbul

    -CORRECTION TO REPLY NO. 13- I was wrong in indicating that Fr. Leonid Kishkovsky, the OCA's Director of External Affairs, was not part of the OCA's delegation that visited the Patriarchate of Moscow earlier this month. The website of the Patriarchate indicates that Fr. Leonid did accompany...
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    OCA Primate in Istanbul

    In furtherance of my Reply No. 13 I'm wondering if the "SVS delegation visit to Halki" line was crafted to provide some cover to the OCA in regard to the Church of Russia which it had visited just before. Wondering if that is necessary.
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    OCA Primate in Istanbul

    In the early 1990's, there were voices from within the newly freed Patriarchate of Moscow that the controversial Tomos of Autocephaly of 1970 was an action of the Soviet controlled church that would be rescinded. The leadership of the Orthodox Church in America, its Chancellor Fr. Robert...
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    OCA Primate in Istanbul

    Ostensibly, the action of the Turks to close Halki was performed in order to comply with a Turkish law that prohibits religious schools which are not affiliated with Turkish universities. Supposedly, the law exists to hold government control over Moslem educational institutions. That is still...
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    Primacy in Orthodoxy

    Despite the flowery language, reunion has nothing to do with sees of the Church and will not occur without the renunciation of the "innovations," the theological differences Eastern Orthodoxy has with Roman Catholicism. These actions such as occurred at the Phanar for its Thronal Feast, are acts...
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    Primacy in Orthodoxy

    The Church of Rome's primacy is based on the City of Rome having been the capital of the Roman Empire. Should another hierarchal see, say Madrid, or some city in South America become the primatial see of the Roman Catholic Church because the Roman Empire has ceased? If the claim that the See of...
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