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« on: November 12, 2003, 07:48:59 PM »

Hey I didn't really know where this would go so I thought I'd just put it in the Free-for-all forum....

I was wondering what are the differences between OCA, GOA, and ROCOR. I understand that all three cannonical Orthodox Churches or Jurisdictions are united in the same faith and all but I was wondering what exactly divides them? Different ethnic backgrounds? Diffrent litrugical practices?

Just wondering....

thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2003, 08:18:22 PM »

GOA- Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. This is a new calendar Church under the Ecumenical Patriarch. Tends to do some or all of its services in Greek and is very modernist.

OCA- Orthodox Church in America. This grew out of the old Russian archdiocese of America. After the revolution it claimed self governing but finally got it from the Moscow Patriarch in 1970. New calendar church that is somewhat modernist and does most of its services in english

ROCOR- Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia. These are the decedents (office wise not birth) of the Bishops that fled Russia after the Revolution in 1917. St. Tikhon told them to form a Synod that was free until the MP was free. They tend to most of their services (not the missions) in Church Slavonic and are not modernist at all.

ROCOR does not commune with either the GOA or the OCA because of the later two involvement in the WCC. Also the ROCOR does not like it that the OCA betrayed them and went to the MP in 1970 to become a self governing Church. ROCOR felt that the OCA should have waited till the MP was free from communist influence.

I converted to Orthodoxy in the OCA 5-years ago but have left for the ROCOR recently. I found that the OCA was going over the edge with its modernist and ecumenical agendas. That's just a personnel decision I had to make. All three are canonical though and will sooner or later be back together.

There could be a book written on this topic but this is the basics.
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2003, 08:38:12 PM »

Thanks I was just wondering because those are the three in my area. I am currently learning about Orthodoxy at a GOA Cathedral and under the guidance of a GOA priest and I was just wondering about ROCOR and OCA.....thanks!

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ps. In what way is the GOA modernist?
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2003, 08:47:23 PM »

It is modernsit in that:

1) Clergy have shave beards and cut hair.
2) Many Churches have pews.
3) Priests do  not serve an All-Night Vigil or Vespers every Saturday night.
4) Priests dress like RC Priests.
5) New Calender is used.
6) Involvment in ecumenical activities.

There is more but these are the hot issues.
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2003, 08:51:11 PM »

It is modernsit in that:

1) Clergy have shave beards and cut hair.
2) Many Churches have pews.
3) Priests do  not serve an All-Night Vigil or Vespers every Saturday night.
4) Priests dress like RC Priests.
5) New Calender is used.
6) Involvment in ecumenical activities.

There is more but these are the hot issues.

OK...this is interesting because I know many Orthodox priests, from many jurisdictions that shave their bears. And the same with the pews the only Orthodox church in my area that doesn't have pews is the ROCOR church...sorry but what is exactly wrong with pews? And sorry once again but why is the calendar such a big debate in Orthodoxy? I'm not trying to be rude I really want to know! Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2003, 08:59:22 PM »

My comments do not mean you should not go to modernist Churches. Go to them get your feet wet and then decide where is best for you. I spent 5 years in the OCA  before I knew I needed to go. There are some that go to these fringe (ROAC is a big one) then become "board warriors and theologians" before becoming Orthodox. Become Orthodox then take your time and learn. God will guild you.

The Calendar is a big deal because it was not decided upon with an Ecumenical council. It also came into being because of a Pope. Most Orthodox believe that the RCC is outside of the Church so to use their calendar is wrong.

The pew thing is because the Orthodox believe sitting is disrespectful to the Lord. When the president comes into a room people stand so why not stand for the Lord. This is how it was always done in the East. If I'm not mistaken even the Pope's Church (St. Peters) has no pews.

Also the underlying theme in these innovations to the Orthodox Church is to become more like the heterodox for ecumenical reasons. This does not sit well with most Orthodox.
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2003, 09:01:34 PM »

ok thanks...just wondering
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2003, 09:04:47 PM »

No problem. I'm happy to answer anything that I can.

ok thanks...just wondering
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2003, 09:08:02 PM »

well...heres another question then...

umm ok this is kinda off the subject and probably something I should ask my priest, but my local GOA Cathedral has vespers every saturday afternoon, but often I am the only one there, besides the priest, and I always get nervous and end up leaving, would you mind explaining the meaning/impotance of vespers and what the faithful are susposed to do?

maybe we could talk over IM? just an idea
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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2003, 09:13:34 PM »

Innocent,
I think the animosity between the OCA and ROCOR is lessening, thanks be to God.  I really think ROCOR is such a treasure of Orthodoxy and the rest of the Orthodox world can learn much from her.  In my area, there is a ROCOR monastery, and the priest from my church (OCA) will allow people, on a case-by-case basis, to commune at both.  The abbot of the monastery is also OK with this.

I grew up Orthodox, and over the years, my opinions have changed.  Pews are a complete nuisance -- making prostrations, the worshipping of Christ - all of this is impeded by pews.  Orthodox churches have chairs for the elderly and infirm, we don't need pews at all, and there's no historical basis for having them in Orthodoxy aside from wanting to be "more like the Christian west," which is a very weak reason.  

Though my parish follows the new calendar, I also don't understand much of its utility.  The vast majority of the Orthodox world follows the Julian calendar -- why are we in the West different?  I think adopting the new calendar in the west was in big part to make Orthodox life in the west easier, i.e., to not make us so different.  Plus, I've read that adopting the new calendar in the west was a means to help Anglicans and other Western christians become Orthodox.  With respect to this, the calendar change wasn't too effective, now was it!  Also, as Innocent pointed out above, the calendar change was not adopted by an Orthodox ecumenical council -- thusly not all the Orthodox churches should be expected to abide by it.

To a large degree, ROCOR and the OCA (as I see it) are like old sisters who hold deep grudges against one another for some bizarre reason.  The GOA is a bit different (it has no Russian roots whatsoever, and much of the OCA/ROCOR issues emanate from problems related to the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917), but of the three churches I'd have to say that the GOA is the most "modernist" of them all.

Ben, all the best on your spiritual journey.  Please forgive us for the discombobulated appearance of our church!
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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2003, 09:16:13 PM »

It is modernsit in that:

1) Clergy have shave beards and cut hair.
2) Many Churches have pews.
3) Priests do  not serve an All-Night Vigil or Vespers every Saturday night.
4) Priests dress like RC Priests.
5) New Calender is used.
6) Involvment in ecumenical activities.

There is more but these are the hot issues.

Here's my take on Innocent's issues.

1) I think clergy should have beards but that is not in and of itself Orthodoxy; cutting hair is not a big deal as it only began during the Turkish occupation as a sign of penance but since the Turkocratia is over it's not a big deal;

2) There are ROCOR Churches with pews, there are even Greek Old Calendar Churches with pews (St Irene's Monastery in NY).  I do not like pews and wish they were gone but pews doth not Heterodoxy make.

3) This is certainly a problem in the GOA, although notsomuch in the OCA.  Priests should be serving Vespers every Saturday.  Again, I know ROCOR parishes that do not do Vespers every Saturday though.

4) While I don't think this is a make or break issue I certainly prefer priests in riassas.

5) New Calendar: I don't care either way; it should not have been implemented the way it was though.

6) Involvement in ecumenical activities: I think involvement is good as a witness against sycretism but occasionally Orthodox hierarchs say weird things due to its influence so I think it's time to quit the WCC: the Orthodox have said what needs to be said.

Just my opinions; I respect yours as well Innocent.
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« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2003, 09:17:12 PM »

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Concerning your question about vespers.... vespers is an evening service prior to the next day's liturgy.  The Orthodox day begins at sundown... thus the saints commemorated on Sat. night vespers are the same as those commemorated on Sun. morning liturgy.  A vespers service is one of the most spiritually beneficial services Orthodoxy offers.

The fact that you are the only one present at Sat. night vespers in your Greek Orthodox cathedral reflects the state of spirituality in America today.  God bless you for going!  It's one of the reasons that I don't worship in GOA parishes any longer.
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« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2003, 09:17:32 PM »

Ahh no poblem...I'm coming from Catholicism and man are we divided! Novus Ordo, SSPX, CMRI, SSPV, Indult parishes...the list goes on and on....as a Traidtional RC I am used to problems/disgareements within the Church.
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« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2003, 09:23:24 PM »

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Concerning your question about vespers.... vespers is an evening service prior to the next day's liturgy.  The Orthodox day begins at sundown... thus the saints commemorated on Sat. night vespers are the same as those commemorated on Sun. morning liturgy.  A vespers service is one of the most spiritually beneficial services Orthodoxy offers.

The fact that you are the only one present at Sat. night vespers in your Greek Orthodox cathedral reflects the state of spirituality in America today.  God bless you for going!  It's one of the reasons that I don't worship in GOA parishes any longer.

I love Vespers! They are just amazing, I just felt odd being the only one and left early. I don't like being the only one doing something I have no idea what I'm doing, if that makes since...lol.

I pefer GOA, at least in my area. My GOA parish is a great Cathedral with huge golden dome decorated with the most awsome Icons I have ever seen on the inside! And I seem to get a long with the GOA priest very well, however I am  confussed at some of his opinions, but this is probably because Orthodoxy is all new to me.

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« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2003, 09:31:48 PM »

Anastasios I held the same beliefs as you have. It was only over time that I changed. I did not know the Turkish connection with the beard.  My opposition to shaved beards is not for dogmatic reasons. We should look different then other groups that like to call themselves Christians. We are not just another "jurisdiction"! We are the Church and therefore should stand out. This is my problem with the calendar also. Why change? What good did it bring?

Believe me I pray that all Orthodox come together.



It is modernsit in that:

1) Clergy have shave beards and cut hair.
2) Many Churches have pews.
3) Priests do  not serve an All-Night Vigil or Vespers every Saturday night.
4) Priests dress like RC Priests.
5) New Calender is used.
6) Involvment in ecumenical activities.

There is more but these are the hot issues.

Here's my take on Innocent's issues.

1) I think clergy should have beards but that is not in and of itself Orthodoxy; cutting hair is not a big deal as it only began during the Turkish occupation as a sign of penance but since the Turkocratia is over it's not a big deal;

2) There are ROCOR Churches with pews, there are even Greek Old Calendar Churches with pews (St Irene's Monastery in NY).  I do not like pews and wish they were gone but pews doth not Heterodoxy make.

3) This is certainly a problem in the GOA, although notsomuch in the OCA.  Priests should be serving Vespers every Saturday.  Again, I know ROCOR parishes that do not do Vespers every Saturday though.

4) While I don't think this is a make or break issue I certainly prefer priests in riassas.

5) New Calendar: I don't care either way; it should not have been implemented the way it was though.

6) Involvement in ecumenical activities: I think involvement is good as a witness against sycretism but occasionally Orthodox hierarchs say weird things due to its influence so I think it's time to quit the WCC: the Orthodox have said what needs to be said.

Just my opinions; I respect yours as well Innocent.
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« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2003, 09:44:15 PM »

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[If I'm not mistaken even the Pope's Church (St. Peters) has no pews.]  

They bring them in for liturgy.

Ben,
I started going to vespers at an Antiochan parish as my intro to Orthodoxyand really loved the service.  But then I went to Resurrection Matins and I think it "blows vespers away".  I often regret we do not have a similar service in RCC.  If you have an Antiochan parish in your area you should try them as well.

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« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2003, 09:47:52 PM »

The irony of the entire modernism issue is that my little section of the GOA is the most un-modernist....Geronda Ephraim's monasteries.  Even my parish is not too bad compared to other places in the GOA.
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« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2003, 09:50:56 PM »

Anastasios I held the same beliefs as you have. It was only over time that I changed. I did not know the Turkish connection with the beard.  My opposition to shaved beards is not for dogmatic reasons.

Sorry, I was not clear.  Long hair was a Turkish period development.  I believe that beards could be trimmed though before the Turkish period but I would need to consult the sources.

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« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2003, 09:52:11 PM »

I visited one of his monasteries in Roscoe NY. Very spiritual place. Glad to see he has been bringing these kind of monasteries to America.

The irony of the entire modernism issue is that my little section of the GOA is the most un-modernist....Geronda Ephraim's monasteries.  Even my parish is not too bad compared to other places in the GOA.  
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« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2003, 09:52:27 PM »

I am really just being curious and I don't quite know how to phrase this but....  What do you all think is the source or cause of the modernism in the EO churches.  In RCC we had PiusX defeating modernism in the early 20th cent.  Now many point to Vatican 2 as the cause of, or source of the modernism some alledge has crept into the RCC.  So what has happened in EO and is it just in this country or across the board.

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« Reply #20 on: November 12, 2003, 09:57:02 PM »

My personnel opinion is that allowing the EP to have any power in the Church while under occupation is a bad thing. The Turks have to approve of the EP. They are not going to approve of a good one that will help the Church. I believe if a Patriarch is under captivity he needs to move or be isolated.


I am really just being curious and I don't quite know how to phrase this but....  What do you all think is the source or cause of the modernism in the EO churches.  In RCC we had PiusX defeating modernism in the early 20th cent.  Now many point to Vatican 2 as the cause of, or source of the modernism some alledge has crept into the RCC.  So what has happened in EO and is it just in this country or across the board.

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« Reply #21 on: November 12, 2003, 10:33:50 PM »

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If you have an Antiochan parish in your area you should try them as well.

If I remeber correctly Ben lives in Colorado and one note about many of the Antiochian parishes in that area (I hesitate to even bring this up because it might open up a can of worms) is they tend to follow the Western Rite. I am not sure if you know about about Western Rite Orthodoxy but it has been covered many times on this board and if you just look around you will find entire threads on this subject.

You should find Vespers and Matins to be similar in style at the both the Cathedral you are attending and at the majority of Antiochian parishes since they both use the byzantine style of music.

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« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2003, 11:12:27 PM »

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[ I am not sure if you know about about Western Rite Orthodoxy]   Yes I'm familiar and yes they might want to be avoided if a person is interested in Orthodoxy.

[the angels are there with you]  I agree and you know people always seem to forget this.

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[They are not going to approve of a good one that will help the Church. I believe if a Patriarch is under captivity he needs to move or be isolated]  Do you think it's likely the EP will move and if so where?  Also I had heard something about the Turkish govt being petitioned to let the EP be a non-Turk citizen?  What is the status of this if true.

But do you think the leadership of the EP is the cause of the modernist trend.  I mean EO has a less centralized leadership than Rome and the modernist trends seem to be across jurisdictions.  Also from your posts you mentioned you left OCA due to modernist trends and are now ROCOR.  Were these modernist trends present in OCA when you joined?  If they are spreading gradually in OCA what's to stop them infecting ROCOR eventually.  If they do then where to go.  (Believe me I'm not making a subtle plug for Rome here we have troubles of the same sort.) I am curious because eventually we'll all have to face this issue.

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« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2003, 11:18:07 PM »

Yes here in Colorado we have quite a few active Antiochian pairshes, both eastern and western rites.

I personally love the western rite parishes in this area and I do not see why they would want to be avoided, however I am interested in EASTERN Orthodoxy.

I have emailed the Eastern rite Antiochian priest in my area, however, due to personal issues that I will not get into here, it didn't really work out.

I think I am going to stick with the GOA parish for now, however I love my local ROCOR parish! Who knows...may God's will be done.
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My personnel opinion is that allowing the EP to have any power in the Church while under occupation is a bad thing. The Turks have to approve of the EP. They are not going to approve of a good one that will help the Church. I believe if a Patriarch is under captivity he needs to move or be isolated.
What an astoundingly audacious set of statements! It has not yet been 15 years since nearly ALL of our patriarchs were 'captive'. And today, ALL of the ancient ones still are. Applying your last statement would be a nightmare, indeed.

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« Reply #25 on: November 13, 2003, 12:29:50 AM »

The other Patriarchs where under captivity for less than a centry where as the EP has been under captivity for around 500 years. Big difference! Turkey does need to approve the EP. Syria does need to approve the AP. Do you believe that this EP and the last fews actions have been good for Orthodoxy? I do not! I do not think my statments where "astoundingly audacious' at all. They were tempered compared to some when talking about this subject. If you like the decisions (such as interfering with the MP) of the EP thats great I will respect your opinion.



My personnel opinion is that allowing the EP to have any power in the Church while under occupation is a bad thing. The Turks have to approve of the EP. They are not going to approve of a good one that will help the Church. I believe if a Patriarch is under captivity he needs to move or be isolated.
What an astoundingly audacious set of statements! It has not yet been 15 years since nearly ALL of our patriarchs were 'captive'. And today, ALL of the ancient ones still are. Applying your last statement would be a nightmare, indeed.

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Carpo-Rusyn yes the modernist tendencies were there when I first entered the OCA. It was I and my changing views that caused me to leave. Yes we will have to face it in all jurisdictions but I believe that ROCOR is doing a better job than the OCA.  

Also like I said I do not believe people must go to an "old calander" Church to be in the "real" Church. I do not believe that the "new calander" Churches are without grace either. For me it was where I needed to be and thats all.
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« Reply #26 on: November 13, 2003, 12:45:18 AM »

The other Patriarchs where under captivity for less than a centry where as the EP has been under captivity for around 500 years. Big difference! Turkey does need to approve the EP. Syria does need to approve the AP. Do you believe that this EP and the last fews actions have been good for Orthodoxy? I do not! I do not think my statments where "astoundingly audacious' at all. They were tempered compared to some when talking about this subject. If you like the decisions (such as interfering with the MP) of the EP thats great I will respect your opinion.

The EP this and the EP that...500 years? I guess that means that Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem, all captive yet longer, should also have been "isolated". Orthodoxy got TO the Slavs in 988; but was not well developed for several hundred years. Applying your definition, the Church would have disappeared in 'isolation'.
No I don't like everything the EP's done, nor everything the MP's done either for that matter.
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« Reply #27 on: November 13, 2003, 12:55:50 AM »

When I say isolated I do not mean ignore them and let them die. I mean you do not follow their proclamations such as implementing the new calendar. I have no problem without the new calendar as far as theology goes. I do have a problem the way it was implemented and the reasons it was implemented. Has it caused any good?

Anyway I'm done on this topic.  

The other Patriarchs where under captivity for less than a centry where as the EP has been under captivity for around 500 years. Big difference! Turkey does need to approve the EP. Syria does need to approve the AP. Do you believe that this EP and the last fews actions have been good for Orthodoxy? I do not! I do not think my statments where "astoundingly audacious' at all. They were tempered compared to some when talking about this subject. If you like the decisions (such as interfering with the MP) of the EP thats great I will respect your opinion.

The EP this and the EP that...500 years? I guess that means that Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem, all captive yet longer, should also have been "isolated". Orthodoxy got TO the Slavs in 988; but was not well developed for several hundred years. Applying your definition, the Church would have disappeared in 'isolation'.
No I don't like everything the EP's done, nor everything the MP's done either for that matter.
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« Reply #28 on: November 13, 2003, 12:57:51 AM »

You know, Innocent, I think all of us  should spend more time in Church and less time in Jurisdictions. Let the bishops sort it out. We're losing our perspective.
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I am really just being curious and I don't quite know how to phrase this but....  What do you all think is the source or cause of the modernism in the EO churches.  In RCC we had PiusX defeating modernism in the early 20th cent.  Now many point to Vatican 2 as the cause of, or source of the modernism some alledge has crept into the RCC.  So what has happened in EO and is it just in this country or across the board.

Great question! I agree that there is a Modernist problem among the Eastern Orthodox but 1) it's much smaller and more contained than in the West and 2) it's nowhere near as big a problem as the Old Calendarist sectarians make it out to be.

IMO the late Frs John Meyendorff and Alexander Schmemann were not Modernists.

The other matters listed earlier, including the Old Calendar, while important to the Byzantine Rite, are ultimately matters of culture, not dogma. They don't touch on beliefs in divine revelation, the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, Mariology, the apostolic ministry or the Eucharist.

Also, I agree that because Eastern Orthodoxy is decentralized, one can't blame the patriarch of Constantinople.

So what is Modernist among some Eastern Orthodox? I'd say things like not pressing the Sacrament of Confession (though cultural/historical factors among the Greeks caused that among them - it was hard to get to Confession at times during Turkish rule), accepting artificial birth control (trashing Orthodoxy's claim to scrupulously follow the Fathers and shun 'doctrinal development') and, related to that, the deafening indifference to abortion one finds among them. And I would add something else I've heard (from born Orthodox!), dismissing prayer for the dead - reinforced by the desire to epatez les catholiques ('see, we're different' when in fact they're not), which also is encouraged among them by Protestant influence. And one might add to that modern scepticism about the historicity of the Gospels, thanks to Protestant biblical criticism.

I think at the end of the day the Modernism has similar causes as in Western Catholicism - corruption from outside, namely from the sequential problems of Protestantism and secular culture.

Rank-and-file Eastern Orthodox, IMO, are especially vulnerable to these as they are a tiny minority in the US.
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It is modernsit in that:

1) Clergy have shave beards and cut hair.
2) Many Churches have pews.
3) Priests do  not serve an All-Night Vigil or Vespers every Saturday night.
4) Priests dress like RC Priests.
5) New Calender is used.
6) Involvment in ecumenical activities.

There is more but these are the hot issues.

I am hereby announcing my

Six Point Plan for Orthodox Converts

1) Converts must attend a parish where the priest has short hair and shaves at least part of his beard. (Goatees are acceptable.)

2) Converts must attend a parish with pews and must sit down when everyone else does.

3) Converts must not go to Saturday night vespers more than one a month. If they want to do it more often, they have to do it at home. At least one night a month they have to see a movie instead, except during great lent, when they may go to vespers at church two nights a month but have to see movies the other two nights. (DVD of Ben-Hur may be substituted for a movie.)

4) Converts may not go to a parish where the priest wears a cassock during the week.

5) Converts must celebrate Christmas on December 25th, preferably by visiting their Protestant/Catholic parents/relatives during that day.

6) Converts must go to a parish where the priest has a beer with the local Episcopal/Lutheran rector at least once a month. (Sherry or scotch may be substituted for the beer, or iced tea during Great Lent.)


I have a lot more of these. . . . . . . . . . . .








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« Reply #31 on: November 13, 2003, 01:12:19 PM »

I don't see a problem at all in the EP leaving Constantinople for New York, where a beautiful Greek Cathedral waits for him.  I've also heard Geneva touted as a possible EP home.  The Patriarch of Antioch is no longer in Antioch.... so the Patr of Constantinople could no longer be in Constantinople (or is it Istanbul?  That dang ol' "They Might Be Giants" song...)  He could even retain his title, but live in NYC.

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I don't see a problem at all in the EP leaving Constantinople for New York, where a beautiful Greek Cathedral waits for him.  I've also heard Geneva touted as a possible EP home.  The Patriarch of Antioch is no longer in Antioch.... so the Patr of Constantinople could no longer be in Constantinople (or is it Istanbul?  That dang ol' "They Might Be Giants" song...)  He could even retain his title, but live in NYC.

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Interesting proposal. What do the Canons say on such a situation?  Retaining the title, but located in another location?  Or, could New York be New Constantinople in Orthodox circles
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No, it would be New York, but the Patriarch would retain the title of Constantinople.  The various Patriarchs of Antioch (Syrian Orthodox, Greek, Eastern Catholic) retain the title of Antioch, but they all live in Damascus, if I'm not mistaken.
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« Reply #34 on: November 13, 2003, 02:31:41 PM »

I used to think the EP moving here was a pipe-dream. but now that I re-read the new charter, perhaps he's setting up to do exactly that (if necessary). The new structure of his archdiocese here would fit that model. Just musing...

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« Reply #35 on: November 13, 2003, 02:36:13 PM »

How about the EP moving to Athens when the current Archbishop dies? Reuniting the EP and the Church of Greece. Makes sense to me.

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I am hereby announcing my

Six Point Plan for Orthodox Convert

1) Converts must attend a parish where the priest has short hair and shaves at least part of his beard. (Goatees are acceptable.)

2) Converts must attend a parish with pews and must sit down when everyone else does.

3) Converts must not go to Saturday night vespers more than one a month. If they want to do it more often, they have to do it at home. At least one night a month they have to see a movie instead, except during great lent, when they may go to vespers at church two nights a month but have to see movies the other two nights. (DVD of Ben-Hur may be substituted for a movie.)

4) Converts may not go to a parish where the priest wears a cassock during the week.

5) Converts must celebrate Christmas on December 25th, preferably by visiting their Protestant/Catholic parents/relatives during that day.

6) Converts must go to a parish where the priest has a beer with the local Episcopal/Lutheran rector at least once a month. (Sherry or scotch may be substituted for the beer, or iced tea during Great Lent.)


Plan Modified:
1) Converts not to care about priest's facial hair, but be thankful convert has a priest.

2) Convert to ask priest's preference for personal devotions while at services. Most will allow traditional Orthodox free form. If convert wishes to stand in a parish with pews (or not kneel on Sunday in a [shudder] kneeling parish), please do so in rear of nave.

3) Convert to attend as many services as convert's piety dictates proscribed by reasoneable demands of convert's daily life- both work and family. Beware the false pride trap.

4) Convert to worry more about her/his own garb than that of the priest.

5) Convert to remember that Nativity of the Lord is December 25th on both church calendars.

6) Don't forget the fine non-contraband cigars...


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« Reply #37 on: November 13, 2003, 03:09:07 PM »

How about the EP moving to Athens when the current Archbishop dies? Reuniting the EP and the Church of Greece. Makes sense to me.

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Makes sense to me, too. But then I'm just a third generation Greek-American; but who knows what (how) they think over there? I don't.
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« Reply #38 on: November 13, 2003, 03:28:22 PM »

Is the EP of Constantinople really leaving, Instanbul to come live here or some where eles? I would want my patriarch to live in his titled city. Pope in Rome, Patriarch of Antioch in Antioch not the Patrarch of Antioch in NYC.

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« Reply #39 on: November 13, 2003, 04:45:33 PM »

[Is this the ordinary way for an Orthodox priest to function? No, probably not...]

Got news for you.  The Patriarch of Antioch resides in Damacus, Syria!

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Assuming that the ROCOR/MP/OCA situation is figured out by then, if I were the OCA's Metropolitan, I'd excommunicate the EP, Antioch, and all other foreign jurisdictions that exist in America, flagrantly violating the
original rights of the Church of Russia, since it was that jurisidction and its legitimate offspring that are the canoncial Orthodox in America.

Unrealistic, sure, but I can dream.

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« Reply #41 on: November 13, 2003, 04:57:57 PM »

The Catholic Melkite patriarch of Antioch lives in Damascus, too. In fact, he shares the office building with the Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch.

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« Reply #42 on: November 13, 2003, 05:30:09 PM »

Glory to Jesus Christ!

I think I like the second set on rules for the convert better, it focuses on the inner versus the external signs of faith.

A point of fact, the Patriarch of Antioch settled in Damascus after the Roman Catholic Crusaders so kindly sacked and destroyed Antioch leaving a population currently that is only Moslem with the Christian center of the Antiochian  Patriarchate and country of Syria located in Damascus, the Capital City, thus his residency on "The way called straight" noted in the New Testament.

As for the EP, at the current exodus of youthful Greeks from Turkey, the real question is now ---where will they find a Turkish citizen who meets the criteria to become the EP? Without a massive conversion of Turks or Expatriate Greeks being allowed to return, there is little likelihood of having any viable Orthodox presence in Turkey in the next 25 -50 years.

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« Reply #43 on: November 13, 2003, 06:46:00 PM »

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Thanks for the reply on modernism.

The idea of the EP removing to Athens or NYC sounds interesting but I think he could retain the title of New Rome.  In RCC the Holy See appoints bishops to sees "in partibus infidelum"  that is that the city or town the see is named for is in the hands of the infidel.  Surely the EP could retain the title of New Rome.

The whole idea of "captivity" came up in some posts.  I realize that the ancient patriarchs of the East are in Moslem dominated nations but are they really in captivity?  The Turks dictate that the EP needs to be a Turkish citizen and I think one of the seminaries is closed.  The Turks don't dictate theological opinion and don't rule on appointment to bishoprics.  In the past they did.  So is it still captivity.  I don't see the govt's of Egypt (yes I know they persecute the Copts but refer here to the Chalcedonians), Syria or Israel creating any problems.  The churches in these countries seem to function ok.  SO is it still captivity?

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« Reply #44 on: November 13, 2003, 06:50:56 PM »

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[A point of fact, the Patriarch of Antioch settled in Damascus after the Roman Catholic Crusaders so kindly sacked and destroyed Antioch leaving a ]

Those nasty RCs took Antioch from the Moslems and established it as a principality with the EO and non-Calcedonian prelates still in residence.  I think it was when the Moslems retook the city or at a later date that the Patriarch was removed to Damascus.  I know those nasty crusaders were not very nice but let's not blame everything on them.  I really think that Antioch survived the crusader period and gradually died out as the Orontes changed it's course.

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