Tuesday, May 10, 2011

This Is Why Having A Pope Helps

That whole issue of "who is in communion with whom" is a whole lot easier to answer. This also demonstrates why Orthodox ecclesiology is at best problematic and at worst utterly broken. I got this from Rorate:

The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem met on Monday 9 May 2011 regarding the resolution of the anti-canonical actions of the Patriarchate of Romania, which has built a church and hostel in Jericho without their permission.

The Holy Synod of Jerusalem, after an in-depth investigation, regretably decided to sever communion with the Patriarchate of Romania and crossed Patriarch Daniel out of the dyptychs.

In the 1990's during the days of Patriarch Diodoros of Jerusalem and Teoctist of Romania a church and hostel was being built by Romanians in Jericho without permission from the Jerusalem Patriarchate. The Patriarchate of Jerusalem protested these actions, but the Romanian Church continued the unlicensed building project, and today the church is even functioning liturgically.

It should be noted that despite the interruption of ecclesiastical communion, Romanian pilgrims are welcomed to visit the Holy Land and the Monasteries of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

A church and a hostel in Jericho = schism. Not exactly "two wills" or "consubstantial," is it? Let's not even get into the finger-pointing in Russia and Ukraine over the property stolen from the Church. I'm not even sure what to say about this Jerusalem/Romania stuff.

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