Aside from the mudslinging, this is quite a useful thread, and I'd like to chime in (if I may).ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š First off, like Nick said, the discussion can and should be had in a civilized manner.
Next, the EP (as you all know) is the first among equals and she and she alone holds that special place of honour in Orthodoxy.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š What George says is bang on!ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š She is witnessing the faith as many of the early Church Fathers did; under great persecution.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Her flock is not what it once was, however that does not speak to her witness of the faith.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I can't imagine the notion that everytime Orthodoxy faces hardship and persecution that we should tuck tale and run.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š If that was the motto, today, Serbia, Greece and Bulgaria would all be Islamic lands.
Further, the EP granted my Church (SOC) her autocephaly, in that regard, she will always be the "mother" Church, even though we are a fully recognized autocephalous Church, but even if she weren't why would I want to slight the Great Church.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š In the end, how do any of us benefit from tearing each other down, rather than building each other up?
I think there needs to be some resolution to the uncanonical situation in North America, I'm not sure what the perfect solution is, but I KNOW it doesn't start with tearing each others jurisdictions down.
Just my 2 dinars!