In your opinion, is there any validity in the statements made by the MP?
I am under the omophorion of the EP, however some of these moves seem a bit disturbing to me.
Just to state my position clearly. I am not an ecumenist. Ecumenism for me means the opportunity for others to learn about the Orthodox faith and conversely for us to learn about theirs. I rarely attend non-Orthodox services except such things as the funerals of old friends.
That said, I want to present a few "official" examples which show the consistency and conservatism of the Orthodox viewpoint throughout the years of ecumenism...
The Statement of the Representatives of the Greek Orthodox Church in the USA at the North American Faith and Order Study Conference, Oberlin, Ohio, September 1957. This is quite unequivocal about the uniqueness of Orthodoxy as the Church.http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/articles/ecumenical/gocamerica_faith_order_sept_1957.htm
The contretemps in the 1980s at the International Roman Catholic-Orthodox Theological Dialogue which saw a walk-out of the Catholic participants when the Orthodox delegates declared that they were unable to accept Catholic baptism per se. These were not fringy palaeohiemerologhites but the most ecumenically minded bishops and theologians of the canonical Orthodox Churches. This question has never been revisted in the international dialogue but one day it will need to be faced head on.
Even the most ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople His Divine All-Holiness Bartholomew scandalised the Catholics with his presentation at the Jesuit University of Georgetown in 1997 when he declared:
"The manner in which we exist has become ontologically different. Unless our ontological transfiguration and transformation toward one common model of life is achieved, not only in form but also in substance, unity and its accompanying realization become impossible."
Full text athttp://www.geocities.com/trvalentine/orthodox/bartholomew_phos.html
The Jesuits declared morosely that Patr. Bartholomew had set the dialogue back 10 years.
The important Statement on Orthodoxy and its ecumenical relationships with non-Orthodox Churches issued by the 2000 Millennial Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church. It basically repeats what the Greeks said at Oberlin Ohio in 1957 and even more emphatically - the boundaries of the Church are those of the Orthodox Church.http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/articles/ecumenical/roc_other_christian_confessions.htm