Opinion Piece on Sixth Assembly of Bishops in Chicago, IL – September 15-17, 2015

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity by George Matsoukas The case for Unity among the Orthodox Jurisdictions is made more manifest by the sabotaging of the Assembly of Bishops by the Antiochian Archdiocese.  The dispute between Old World Patriarchs undermines the establishment of canonical order in the USA.  The dispute over Qatar appears to be the reason why the Patriarchate of  Antioch changed its mind and negated its signature on the Chambésy  Accord of 2008.   The act and statement … [Read more...]

A New Ecclesiology for the Orthodox Church?

Source: Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy by Seraphim Danckaert Orthodox Christians often find themselves answering the following question: why is Orthodoxy divided along ethnic lines into different churches? At least officially, the answer to that question has been quite clear: we are not divided; we are one Church, united in faith and worship, with an administrative structure that organizes itself along local lines, in accordance with the ancient traditions and canon law of the first … [Read more...]

Assembly VI Concludes; Hierarchs Issue Message to the Faithful

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Friday, September 18, 2015 The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America concluded its sixth annual meeting on Thursday, September 17 in Chicago. The Assembly issued a message to the faithful, which can be read here. In other business, the Legal Affairs Committee presented a five-step plan to the Assembly for consideration.  The hierarchs unanimously authorized the committee to commence with the … [Read more...]

Statement of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America to the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Statement of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America to the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the United States Regarding the Draft Proposal of the Committee on Canonical Regional Planning  Presented at the Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops Convened in Chicago, IL September 15-17, 2015 The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America has always prayed for and … [Read more...]

Synaxis of Hierarchs of the Ecumenical Throne – August 29, 2015

Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate From August 29-September 2, 2015, at the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, a Synaxis of Hierarchs of the Ecumenical Throne gathered from all over the world at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Taksim Square. His All-Holiness delivered the Keynote Address to over 140 Hierarchs of the Throne, speaking to developments and challenges of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Orthodox Church in general during recent … [Read more...]

Annual Meeting Continues With Focus on Canonical Regional Planning and Pastoral Practices

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Chicago, IL-- The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America convened for a second day on Wednesday, September 16 in Chicago, IL. Before beginning the day’s meetings, the hierarchs offered a service of supplication to the Mother of God. In the first session of the day, the hierarchs engaged in a candid and lengthy discussion on the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning’s proposal, discussing in … [Read more...]

OCA Metropolitan Council fall session to be held September 21-24

Source: Orthodox Church in America HUNTINGTON, NY [OCA]  Members of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America will gather for their fall session at Immaculate Conception Seminary here September 21-24, 2015. “As customary, the session will open with a one-day retreat,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary.  “Dr. Mary Ford, Associate Professor of New Testament and Hermeneutics at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, will speak on the ‘Proper Interpretation of the Book of … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops USA Convenes Sixth Annual Meeting in Chicago

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Assembly of Bishops USA Convenes Sixth Annual Meeting in Chicago Chicago, IL--The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America convened its sixth annual meeting Tuesday, September 15 in Chicago, IL with 45 hierarchs in attendance. The day began with a celebration of the Divine Liturgy at St John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, IL. Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman of the Assembly, opened the … [Read more...]

An Orthodox Church Canonist Comments on Whether or not an Exarch of Constantinople Can Lead the Assembly of Bishops

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The argument presented to me by the Antiochian Archdiocese leadership is that Archbishop Demetrios cannot preside over the Assembly of Bishops of the USA, because he is an Exarch.  (See a reasonable explanation to the contrary below by Very Rev. Dr. Alexander Rentel, Assistant Professor of Canon Law and Byzantine Studies at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary).    The games must stop!  The bishops have the responsibility to make canonical the Churches … [Read more...]

The Canonical Status of the Patriarch of Constantinople in the Orthodox Church

Source: Holy Trinity Cathedral, San Franciso CA by Archbishop Gregory (Afonsky) The Russian canonical school of the 19th and 20th centuries studied the question of the Patriarch of Constantinople’s canonical status in the Orthodox Church with care and diligence. For the most part books and monographs on the subject were well-disposed, explaining the Patriarch of Constantinople’s exceptionally high position in the Church both during the Byzantine and Turkish periods as a result of particular … [Read more...]