Dear Pensateomnia, we are all indebted to you for searching out this material and presenting it on the Forum. Thank you! Much appreciated!
Btw, does your screen name mean "Think all things"?
Yes. I would translate it as "Y'all, think about/consider/weigh all things!" as per ecclesiastical Latin.
As for the larger issues: It's mainly a question of one's hermeneutical approach to the canons and Tradition in general. I see several problem's with the pro-cluster argument/hermeneutic:
1) Arguments from silence don't show that a practice is in accordance with Tradition.
2) There's no way to know if the East had any idea about the cluster ordinations that were going on in 9th to 10th century Southern Italy. In fact, it seems more likely that someone like St. Photios did not
know, since his familiarity with Roman customs pretty much extends only to Rome's actions in Thrace.
3) Regardless, I don't know if most people (including ialmisry
) want to turn 9th or 10th century Southern Italian manuscripts into the standard guide for Orthodox ordinations. If so, then we better start ordaining deaconesses in the altar, per the euchologia
of the same provenance.
4) The allegedly positive evidence (i.e the ambiguity of grammatical number in early sources like the Euchologion of Serapion
) relates to ordinations to the presbyterate
, not to the episcopacy. In fact, one of the points of the first article was that cluster ordinations are, perhaps, reflective of the earliest understanding of the collegium
of the presbyterate -- not
the Episcopacy. So, the article seems to raise more issues than it solves when it comes to cluster ordinations of bishops
. In fact, as far as I know, Roman Catholics do not
perform cluster ordinations when raising a priest to the Episcopal office. I imagine the Armenians probably have the same practice. It just doesn't jive with the rite itself or with the Ignatian understanding of the Episcopacy.
All that aside, the place of cluster ordinations in the Orthodox canonical tradition is far less pressing than, say, reception by vesting or intercommunion (both not uncommon in certain areas), so I don't think it's on anybody's list of issues for debate.