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« on: January 12, 2007, 02:47:07 PM »

Could someone explain 'economy' to me?  Huh

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2007, 02:59:15 PM »

It's sort of like a dispensation, where the bishop can decide to not apply (or not fully apply) a canon, because it would cause more harm than good. The opposite of this is strictness, or akreveia.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2007, 03:45:49 PM »

Wickipedia defines this as follows:
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, economy (economia) is a bishop's discretionary power to dispense with church standards (or "canons", as they are called) that a parish priest would otherwise be required to follow. Often it amounts to retroactive recognition granted to sacraments performed in heterodox churches when a person converts to Orthodoxy, or in Orthodox jurisdictions with which the bishop's jurisdiction is not in full communion.

Such dispensations are made with a view towards putting the spirit before the letter and helping the cause of the salvation of souls. Generally only bishops can decide to make such deviations. They are seen to be justifiable because the canons are not laws but rather suggestions and guidelines which might, at times, become an impediment.

According to the canon law of the Orthodox Church economia is “the suspension of the absolute and strict applications of canon and church regulations in the governing and the life of the Church, without subsequently compromising the dogmatic limitations. The application of economia only takes place through the official church authorities and is only applicable for a particular case. Because of this concept, in the Eastern Orthodox Church, Love, Mercy, and Compassion remain more in control than absolute law.

The normal case should always be akribia, or strict adherence to the standards. Economia means leniently. Akreveia means strictly.


In orthodoxresearchinstitute response on marriage and divorce one may also find an explanation/definition of Economia:

The question arises here, what is this “economiaââ

Orthodoxwiki provided the following brief explaiantion:

Oikonomia (also spelled economia or economy) literally means "household management," the "law of the house," or "house building," and refers primarily to two related concepts in the Orthodox Church—the divine plan for man's salvation and the specific episcopal application of the canons in the life of the Church. The latter usage is a derivation of the former.

It later expands this a bit more in the issue of Charismation of Catechumens:

Although normally administered in conjunction with Baptism, in some cases chrismation alone may be used to receive converts to Orthodoxy through the exercise of economia. Although practice in this regard varies, in general (especially in North America) if a convert comes to Orthodoxy from another Christian confession and has previously undergone a rite of baptism by immersion in the Trinitarian Formula ("in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit"), he or she may be received into the Orthodox Church through the sacrament of chrismation, after which receiving the Holy Eucharist. If, however, a convert comes from a Christian confession that baptizes in the Name of "Jesus only" (such as some Pentecostal churches) or from one that does not practice baptism at all (such as Quakers and the Salvation Army), baptism is a prerequisite for chrismation. The use of economia is at the discretion of, and subject to the guidelines imposed by, the local bishop.

As we can see economia is a charism or role played by Bishops only.  A priest acts on the direction of his bishop when economia is utilized and works from the directions given by his bishop.

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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2007, 04:44:50 PM »

So there is economy with regards to the Sacraments? Baptism, Marriage and Eucharist?
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2007, 11:32:45 AM »

Within limits as noted by the ecumenical patriarchate.

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