Statement of the Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America
Took them over a week to come up this, huh?
Who has proposed any kind of subjugation to Constantinople? No one! The fact is that all of the Autocephalous Primates agreed in Constantinople on October 12, 2008 that there should be a swift healing of every canonical anomaly that has arisen from historical circumstances and pastoral requirements, such as in the so-called Orthodox Diaspora, with a view to overcoming every possible influence that is foreign to Orthodox ecclesiology (Article 13, ii). This statement was signed by all the recognized Autocephalous Primates or their Official Representatives. Metropolitan Jonah's statements demonstrate not only a lack of knowledge and of discretion; they demonstrate something which is plainly foreign to Orthodox ecclesiology.
yes, we've already heard the EP's line on this, from his Chief Secretary. Ignore the fact that the plurality of Autocephalous Primates and the vast majority of the Orthodox Faithful recognize Met. Jonah (excuse me, Jonas for the EP crew) as an Autocephalous primate, who would be the one most directly impacted by such decisions on the violations of canon 8 of Ephesus. His presence, however is being blocked by the EP, the real reason behind the EP's "concession" over Estonia.
Btw, I've noticed the Archb. Leo and the Church of Finland is off the EP's web site. Was that because of Archb. Leo's warm embrace of Met. Jonah?
The Chief Secretary's statements demonstrate an obvious lack of history and with his primus theory, heresy.
Which brings up:
Finally, we, Archons of the Great Church of Christ, must register our concern and pain over the general tone of the Metropolitan's remarks as insulting. When a statement is made, speaking personally about the Ecumenical Patriarch: if we wanted the Pope we'd be under the real one, it is not possible for the Order of Archons to be silent.
Then tell your EP to drop the Ultramontanist trappings. Otherwise, you can't complain when it is called what it is.
What insult? With all the "sister Churches" business going on between Old and New Rome, he should be happy with the comparison.
To maintain that we, Americans, cannot ... be controlled by people who have never heard a word of English much less would allow a word of English to be spoken in the liturgy. We can't allow our church to be controlled by people who have no appreciation of our culture and have to bow to the Turkish Islamic authorities, is an erroneous, irresponsible statement in any public setting, much less a liturgical service. The fact is that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew speaks six languages, and had a wonderful conversation with the President of the United States in English two days after this inflammatory remark! Furthermore, when the Heads of the Autocephalous Churches celebrated the Holy Liturgy together last October 12th in the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George, there was an abundance of tongues used, recalling the Day of Pentecost.
Was English one of them? It is the official language of the OCA, an Autocephalous Church. Was French? Spanish?
Anyone heard of the EP speaking with Met. Jonah, in any language?
This kind of disrespect is beneath any Christian. And we must also ask how a phrase like, Communists who now call themselves Democrats, does not cast aspersions on the very Nation whose martyred Church, the Patriarchate of Moscow, created the OCA in the first place?
I recall in the election where Yeltsin was running behind the communists, he began to run commercials which showed old footage of the Bolsheviks tearing down Churches, summary executions etc, with the message "the Communists haven't changed their name [unlike most post Soviet parties, the Communists in Russia stood by the name brand], what makes you think that they have changed their topics?
If Pat. Kyrill had a problem, I am sure he would let Met. Jonah know.
As we are in the midst of Holy Days, when we all apply ourselves more vigorously to prayer and fasting, as we strive to follow Christ on His Way to the Cross and His Glorious Resurrection, we hope that Metropolitan Jonah will publicly retract his ill-considered remarks.
Will the EP repudiate his Chief Secretary?
While we rejoice that all things are forgiven in the Resurrection, as Orthodox Christians and as Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we will continue to be vigilant and express our grave concerns whenever such injustices as these are committed.
Like against canon 8 of Ephesus?