« Last post by RaphaCam on Yesterday at 07:19:08 PM »
It would help a lot of souls to emancipate churches in countries going through such awful schisms, such as Ukraine or Macedonia, this is true, and I agree with Minnesotan that the Eritrean issue was resolved wisely by both OO's and EC's. However, if I lived one of these countries, I wouldn't sit and wait. Better to be under a bishop with a potentially negative view on my nation than one that deliberately severed the Church. We sometimes hear cases of people with personal problems with their bishops, so why take national tensions so seriously that we leave? How much didn't the fathers advert against schism? How hard didn't the Nicene Fathers work so we could all be clearly one? Not saying groups outside the Eastern Orthodox communion are graceless, just that unity is imperative. Well, maybe one could argue intercommunion was a much looser thing in ancient times, but likewise these loose bodies in communion weren't in open schism as these national uncanonical bodies go.