Significance of the Great and Holy Orthodox Council


During the week of June 19, the leaders of the self-governing Orthodox churches worldwide gathered on the island of Crete for the first global Council of the Orthodox Church in more than 1,000 years. Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk, who attended as an external correspondent for the Press Office of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, joins Tim Reidy and Kerry Weber to discuss the historic event in the Orthodox Church.

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William Rydberg
2 years 3 months ago

Discussion around the Historical/Theological significance of what constitutes a Patriarchal See (there are only 4 - Jerusalem, Rome, Antioch and Alexandria) is the true starting point. Constantinople' See (claimed to be #5, is hard to defend since as the site didn't exist unti 400 years later) for it was only a concession to the Emperor (Secular Authority-Raw Power).


If one could get the Orthodox to reexamine same, this "Autocephlas, National Church" innovation would cause fruitful discussion. Then they could start to look at Eastern caesaropapism, which has caused unending headaches...

In my opinion...


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