- Jul 4, 2011
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I know this has been discussed before to a degree regarding the Armenian Church and communing non-OO. And I believe we came to the conclusion that inter-communion between Armenians and non-OO does happen at some local levels, but is not officially endorsed by the Armenian hierarchy. However, I have heard that the Syriac Orthodox have an open-communion policy with Syriac Catholics, and that Syriac Catholics are allowed to register at an Orthodox parish w/o having to renounce their Catholicism and vice-versa. I have also heard cases of Syriac Catholic and Orthodox clergy concelebrating on one another's altars. Is all this true? If so, then I think this is highly disturbing activity. I mean no offense to my Syriac Orthodox brethren. The Church of Antioch, like her sister Alexandrian Church, has always protected the historic Christian faith and has brought forth many bastions of Orthodoxy, such as the Holy Severus, Eustathius the Confessor, and the erudite Bar Hebraeus. But, openly communing and concelebrating with non-Orthodox is simply not consistent with our faith and the teachings of our Fathers. I do not mind Syriac-Antiochian Orthodox inter-communion as much, because we are working out our differences. Syriac Catholics, however, are individuals who have abandoned Orthodoxy and left the Church to follow Rome. I do hope what I have heard is wrong, any answers are appreciated.