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Offline Father Peter

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Transfer of Bishops
« on: September 18, 2012, 05:18:28 AM »
The first of two articles in a short series by Father Peter Farrington considering the canons and history concerning the translation of bishops can be found at http://canon15.nicaea.ca/

These have been written for the St Mark Orthodox Fellowship - http://www.smofonline.org/ - a well established Christian charitable organisation working to promote the Orthodox Faith.

Father Peter is also presently researching material for a detailed volume on the same topic which will be published by the St Mark Orthodox Fellowship early in October.
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Re: Transfer of Bishops
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2012, 05:55:11 AM »
God bless you, Father Peter.

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Re: Transfer of Bishops
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2012, 07:53:41 AM »
Another thing, Father.
In your 3rd example in Part II concerning Proclus, are you implying that general bishops may be nominated?
Or is this dependent on whether, if there were an ecumenical synod, general bishops would participate?

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Re: Transfer of Bishops
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 08:08:28 AM »
I think that it is not clear what a General Bishop is in our present circumstances. It would help if that were clarified to begin with.

If a General Bishop is actually acting as a Diocesan Bishop then I think that he becomes rather like St Gregory Nazianzen rather than Proclus. In that he has become too much associated with a particular Diocesan ministry. I think that Proclus would be rather more like a titular bishop serving the Patriarchal see directly but clearly not being Diocesan. In the case of Proclus he was a famous preacher in Constantinople and clearly provided that ministry, but he was not actually acting all the time as a bishop, even though he was given that sort of honorary respect.
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Re: Transfer of Bishops
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2012, 10:05:59 AM »
The 3rd article in a series on the transfer of bishops, written on behalg of the St Mark's Orthodox Fellowship, has now been published and is available at:

http://canon15.nicaea.ca/index.php/other-references/59-the-transfer-of-bishops-in-practice-part-iii-fr-peter-farrington
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