The Rudder contains all the Canons from all the Ecumenical and Local Synods of the Orthodox Church. It's name in Greek is the "Pedalion" which means "Rudder" like the rudder used to steer a ship. In the same way that "Canon" comes from the greek word for "measuring rule". The famous ancient Greek sculpture known as the Discobolus (discus-thrower) is called the "Canon" in Greek because of it's excellent proportions, and was used as the "Canon" for subsequent sculpture. So "Canons" were never meant to be slavishly copied, but rather, to serve as guides. Unfortunately, many new converts to Orthodoxy are bringing the understanding of their heterodox denominations into their understanding of what a "Canon" is, and try to impose it on Orthodoxy with hideous results- schism after scishm after sub-schism. An example is the schism in the "Matthewites" over an icon depycting the Holy Trinity with God the Father as an "Old Man", and the Holy Spirit as a "Dove."
Edit: Just watch the reactions to this post to see what I mean. Just remeber, it's "Canon" not "Cannon".....
There are canons of dogmatic nature, and canons of "administrative" or "spiritual" nature. The first, are non-negotiable
. While the second and third can be subject to "Economia". How the later canons are to be upheld, is decided by the Saints or the Glorified/Deified of every Church era. They are the Mouths of God, really, they have the spiritual power to see, how (non-dogmatic
) Church rules, are to be inforced . Men like Elder Sophrony, or Elder Pasios, or St. Siluan etc
As for the "Holy Trinity" Icon, it is forbidden to depyct the Trinity, by an Ecumenical (seventh, I think), a Pan Orthodox (1666 if I remember Correctly..), and a Local Synod (at Constantinople). Not to mention the OT which , as we all know, forbids to Depyct Gods (invisible) nature. I don't think you'll find a synod or a Church Father Imposing reverance to this un-orthodox Latin Icon...
The Schism started when the Synod of the "Genuine Orthodox", IMPOSED SYNODICALLY
, that Icon. If they left it as it was, there would be no problem...Why did they have to impose such an Icon? There was no reason , really. In Greece, we might have that Icon on some Churches, BUT, the Church decisions still stand, and nobody imposes to honor such an icon. When the "Genuine Orthodox" Created a schism because of the Calendar, they probably never thought that someone else would do something simillar to them...
BTW: I don't think the problem are the "Converts". Fanatics always
existed in Church. Pedalion has been a matter discussions for a lot of people that do not understand that "Canons" are not "Cannons"
. But on the one hand we have fanatics and on the other Ecumenists. I'll stay at the middle, thank you.