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Offline Orthodox11

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Number of OO churches
« on: August 30, 2007, 09:40:50 AM »
I'm a tad confused. Normally one is told that the Oriental Orthodox Communion consists of the following 6 "sister churches":
Armenian Apostolic
Ethiopian Tewahedo
Eritrean Tewahedo
Syriac Jacobite
Indian Malankara

But from what I understand, there are four Patriarchates within the Armenian rite. Does this not mean there are a total of 9 OO churches? Or are the Patriarchs of Cilicia, Constantinople and Jerusalem subject to the Catholicos of Armenia? And if so, why do they hold the title of Patriarch (which I always associated with leading an autocephalous church)?

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Re: Number of OO churches
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2007, 10:29:01 AM »
Why and how the Armenian Orthodox Church came to have four Catholicoi is beyond my precise knowledge, but I believe the answers to such questions are inextricably tied to the rather complex political history of the Armenian nation.

What I can say with absolute confidence though is that the Armenian Orthodox Church is ultimately one local Church. The fact there are four Catholicoi does not challenge the unity of the Armenian Church; I do not believe there is any tension or divisiveness amongst the various jurisdictions within the Armenian Church; they co-operate synergically and in unity. I believe the Catholicos of Echmiadzin, who is otherwise known as the Catholicos of Armenia and of All Armenians, is the dominant Patriarch with universal jurisdiction over the Armenian Orthodox Church.

Salpy is probably in a better position to clarify and elaborate upon the matters in question; she is also, ofcourse, free to correct me if i've spoken ignorantly.
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Re: Number of OO churches
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Re: Number of OO churches
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2007, 07:05:34 AM »
Orthodox11, fairly sure Wiki has something about the Armenians so try there. Otherwise, their situation is unique due to times when their nation was split.
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