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« on: December 18, 2009, 04:36:02 PM »

I've never heard of the Association of Orthodox Experts but I'm very suspect that the Orthodox church will receive many converts in Germany, despite the election of a woman bishop of the EDK.

Moscow, December 17, Interfax – Discontent the Lutherans feel about election of Margot Kaessmann head of the Evangelical Church in Germany can result in outflow of their parishioners to more traditional Christian Churches, the Association of Orthodox Experts believes.

“Degradation of Protestant communities expressed in women bishops is a chance for Orthodox witness in Europe. All clearheaded Lutherans will turn to Orthodoxy as a leader of the World Council of Churches former pastor Karl Felmy did. He became an Orthodox Christian and theologian,” the Association said in its statement conveyed to Interfax-Religion on Thursday.

According to experts, Protestants are more likely to turn to Orthodoxy than to Catholicism, as “the stumbling block between Lutherans and Catholics is a dogma of papal impeccability.”


http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=6747
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2009, 04:48:50 PM »

A couple of problems I see with this article:

1.  I'm not aware that the Catholic Church has ever preached a dogma of papal impeccability, which means the pope is not capable of sinning.  The dogma to which so many non-Catholics object is papal infallibility.

2.  I'm not aware that joining the Russian Orthodox Church automatically makes one a Russophile.  (Follow the link to read the whole article, since scamandrius only posted enough of an excerpt to pique our curiosity.)  What about those who join the Russian Church just to become Orthodox?  Must they also embrace a love for all things Russian?  I didn't think that Orthodox and Russian were necessarily synonymous.

Overall, I'm not complaining at all about the circumstances in Germany and how this may drive many away from Lutheranism and toward more traditional churches, such as the Orthodox Church.  I'm complaining only about the Interfax article to which scamandrius posted a link, an article that I think could have been written much better.
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2009, 04:59:24 PM »

1.  I'm not aware that the Catholic Church has ever preached a dogma of papal impeccability, which means the pope is not capable of sinning.  The dogma to which so many non-Catholics object is papal infallibility.

Interfax sometimes has some wonky English translations. Most likely someone just got lost in the translation.
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2009, 06:48:17 PM »

PtA,

Yes, I balked at "impeccability" myself so I figured it was someone who wasn't well-versed in the particulars of the English Language.  I didn't post the article because of its factual content, but moreso because I don't know where they are getting the idea that German Lutherans will start coming over to the Orthodox Church, when a woman bishop, in German Lutheran theological thinking, is not such a firebrand issue.
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