This thread in no way implies any disrespect to his Grace Bartholomew, but is simply my opinion about the office of Ecumenical Patriarchate. In my opinion, the Ecumenical Patriarchate office is a bit obsolete right now in Istantbul. I mean, let's be honest, there are not very many Christians under the jurisdiction, there is really no more political significance and it is rather a dangerous place for like the capital of Orthodoxy to be located at. Personally, I do not think that an Ecumenical Patriarchate is needed at all anymore, because of the risk of schism, but, I at least think that we should reconsider this matter, possibly under a new Ecumenical Council, and move the Ecumenical Patriarchate to somewhere else that is more relevant to the world today. Why not Moscow? I believe that there are the most Orthodox Christians under the jurisdiction of Moscow and not to mention the ROCOR and the OCA which also fall under the jurisdiction of Moscow. It is also safer than Istantbul and is a major, capital city in the world. Or, better yet, I know that many people will laugh at this, but why not establish an American Patriarchate and make this new Patriarchate the Ecumenical Patriarchate 'First among equals'. I mean, let's face it, the United States is pretty much the capital of the world and is like the new Constantinople of today; it is powerful, safe, somewhat stable and seems like a good, safe location for the capital of Orthodoxy to be located at. What are your thoughts about this? Keep in mind that I barely know anything about the official Canons and other factors that play a part in this, I am only speaking from personal opinion.