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Offline Kosmas

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What Issues prevent full communion between EO and OO?
« on: August 28, 2005, 12:28:38 PM »
I was wondering as a relatively new member; what are the main issues preventing us from being united together as One Holy Catholic Orthodox and Apostolic Church? I know that in past history, as always, there have been mis-understandings rather than real faith issues. So what is needed to fix this separation?
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Re: What Issues prevent full communion between EO and OO?
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2005, 07:00:18 PM »
You might want to read the rather lengthy thread in the Faith Issues section, entitled "Will the EO and OO reunite."

If you want to get a succinct statement of the actual issues that need to be resolved, maybe someone with more patience can do that.  It exhausts me to even think about it.  Quite frankly, I personally believe that what is keeping us from having full official communion is a lot of pride and bigotry on the part of some people.  Unofficially, some churches have already opened up communion to the people on the other side.  For example, I don't know of an Armenian priest who wouldn't give communion to a Greek.  Also, there is a  Greek church about an hour away from my own which communes Armenians.

A good book for examining the issues dividing the two churches is The Council of Chalcedon Re-Examined, by V.C. Samuel.  You can find it on Amazon.com:


http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1401016448/qid=1125269612/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-8465255-1147816?v=glance&s=books

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Re: What Issues prevent full communion between EO and OO?
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2005, 04:27:14 AM »
Interesting that you should mention Armenia. My Greek Pontian Grandfather's ID card says he came from Armenia some place called Sevastia. He migrated to Greece during the great "swap over" (more like gencide or ethnic cleansing) of the Greeks and Armenians.

I was listening to some Armenian music yesterday. It's so nice and calming.
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Re: What Issues prevent full communion between EO and OO?
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2005, 05:46:43 AM »
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Re: What Issues prevent full communion between EO and OO?
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2005, 01:05:40 PM »
Thank you very much for that link. I now know a little more about the place my Grandfather was born in. :)
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Re: What Issues prevent full communion between EO and OO?
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2005, 02:57:11 AM »
you're welcome  ;)
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