The Russia Church is a great Church, but the Old Calendar is NOT one of the pillars of its greatness. Given that I have been told not to go on about the Calendar - whether Old or the many versions of the New - aka 'revised'etc that you clearly favor, I won't go on about the Old calendar.
There is one version of the New Calendar. As for continuing, you are free to do that on any number of threads.
Peter the Great........ for heaven's sake the Patriarchate has been restored for almost 100 years.
It was abolished for over 200. And it is restored a century only for us who recognized it before 2007.
The Synodical government of the Church of Russia is long buried just as the Sergianist era MP issues are largely buried.
Legacies aren't erased so easily, nor are they so "long buried."
What is appropriate is the consideration that 75% of the world's Orthodox Christians are under the omophor of the Russian Orthodox Church,
What will it be when Ukraine gains its autocephaly?
compared with perhaps 5% under Constantinople, which is not even free to practice Orthodoxy in its own heartland of Turkey.
Moscow wasn't even free to practice Orthodoxy in its own heartland of Russia, and yet it survived.
You say that the Old Calendar didn't save the Russian Church? I think it did, because the Renovationist schism sought to implement all manner of reforms - married bishops, modernised and shortened liturgies and of course a secular calendar.
I thought you just said you were not going to go on about the Old Calendar.
I won't go on about the Old calendar
I thought so. Answered here:http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,34670.new.html#new
I feel for the Ecumenical Patriarch, enduring persecution, stuck in the Phanar as the numbers of Orthodox in Turkey (apart from Russian workers) diminishes annually.
No, there are plenty of resident (but not citizen) Greeks around, along with lots of Gagauz Orthodox and from what I understand Romanians. Then there are the Arab Orthodox on the other side of the Turkish repbulic, and the growing number of Turkish converts throughout.
If Turkey is incapable of acknowledging what it has done to the Greek/Turkish Orthodox in Turkey, what hope is there for the Ecumenical Patriarch to do anything but relocate?
You leave that to us. Russia experienced only persecusion for 80 years (if Czarist persecusion of the Church isn't counted), and the Tartar yoke only lasted just over two centuries and a half, and from afar. Greece resurrected after four centuries of direct occupation, and Alexandria, after nearly two millenium has more EO (and OO) than it had when the caliphs came, and has spread across the entire continent. Antioch is also doiing fine. Constantinople can survive.