- Mar 14, 2017
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- Alphaville Zone Sud
How generous of him.Gorazd said:One more piece of news:
An e-mail by Met. Emmanuel has been circulated on Facebook. It says he is inviting all Exarchate clergy within France who have have expressed loyalty to the EP and/or refused to join MP to a meeting on October 5. He invites them to bring 1 or 2 people from the lay leadership of each parish as well. The meeting will be about the creation of a Russian tradition vicariate within the EP's (Greek) Metropolis of France. He promises them "large autonomy".
Nevermind that the suppression of Rue Daru was uncanonical and entirely destructive.
There is, as far as I can tell, no precedent in all of Orthodoxy for an autonomous church to be suppressed or subjected to arbitrary changes by the autocephalous church whose Omophorion it is under, without its consent.
Autonomy merely gives the parent church the ability to select the archbishop or metropolitan of the autonomous church under their Omophorion.
Every EP autonomous church I think would be wise to leave, because what happened to Rue Daru could happen, depending on which way the wind in Constantinople is blowing, to the UOCNA, or the Church of Finland, or the Church of Estonia, or, God forbid, the ancient monastic community on Mount Athos, which alas in my opinion is in the unfortunate position of being largely dependent on the EP to protect it. Mount Athos ideally should move under the Omophorion of the Church of Greece or be turned into a cooperative; there is also the matter of the cruel ongoing persecution of the Old Calendarist monks at Esphigmenou.
One reason this is especially disturbing is due to the large number of ancient or extremely important autonomous churches. It would be unthinkable for something like this to be allowed to happen to the Church of Sinai, or the Latvian Orthodox Church, or the Belarussian Orthodox Church, or the Bessarabian and Moldovan Orthodox churches under the MP and Romania, or the Church of Japan. ROCOR (although faced with suppression, ROCOR would likely survive, I should think, nut that is all exceedingly unlikely). But especially the Holy Church of Sinai requires any and every conceivable protection. Fortunately I cannot imagine the JP, despite its faults, interfering in Sinai.