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His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Eis Polla Eti!

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5 thoughts on “Ecumenical Patriarchate

  1. Stella T

    Recently I forwarded a copy of “An Open Letter to the Ecumenical Holy Synod” to our Patriarch and all Hierarchs of the Patriarchate. I also copied all of our Hierarchs here in the United States.

    I guess it should not be a surprise that not one of them responded with an acknowledgement letter. They don’t have to agree; just something that states receipt. Was I expecting too much?

    Here is a copy of the “Open Letter” as found on GOTruthReform.org :

    http://gotruthreform.org/an-open-letter-to-the-holy-and-sacred-ecumenical-synod

  2. Tomk

    I am a generally very conservative individual. I usually vote republican and believe in some ideas that some people would see as old fashioned. What is really troubles me about the Ephraimite problem is the lack of involvement of the Patriarchate in dealing with this. Are they going to wait until our Parishes empty and only the Ephraimites are left? We have such a grave problem in Chicago I seriously doubt that the Hierarchs here are reporting it to his All Holiness. Personally there is one Priest that is their leader that should be defrocked for using his position to extract spiritual slaves from our unsuspecting Laity. I know that there is a group of people working to bring this madness to light. I hope they prevail and see them as the heroes among us.

    Does anyone out there think that the Patriarch will get involved? I am so disappointed by the lack of intestinal fortitude on the Hierarchy in the United States I can not even begin to describe how I feel. I also do not believe that our young Bishop here in Chicago will do anything should he be elevated. I am looking at the Antiochian jurisdiction because I at least think that they do not want to build an army of the spiritually obedient. It will be painful to leave the Greek Orthodox Church but since the Ephraimites have taken over my Parish I have not paid Stewardship anywhere. We will suffer losses in the Church and all because our leaders prefer to do nothing!

  3. Admin

    Announcement about Vatopedi Monastery

    The Holy and Sacred Synod convened today, January 10, 2012, under the chairmanship of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, for its regular session during which, among other matters, it discussed the issue that has arisen regarding the remand in custody of Fr. Ephraim, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi. Accordingly, the following is hereby announced:

    1. His All-Holiness and the Holy and Sacred Synod express their sorrow for the situation that has developed with regard to this matter.

    2. The Ecumenical Patriarchate, in accordance with its established policy and out of respect for the independent investigation of the justice system, always avoids any kind of interference in outstanding judicial matters, especially inasmuch as it is not privy to the content of the relevant legal briefs.

    3. As a result of statements made on the part of a sister Orthodox Church on this matter, the Ecumenical Patriarchate undelrines that, as its canonical territory, the Holy Mountain indeed comprises Orthodox monks of different ethnicities but this does not lend a Panorthodox character that would permit any kind of intervention therein by other Autocephalous Churches.

    At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, January 10th, 2012
    From the Office of the Chief Secretary

    cf: http://www.patriarchate.org/documents/vatopedi

  4. Admin

    The Patriarch’s comments against fanaticism are poignant. We added the bold , the underline and the italics conventions for emphasis. His comments are crystal clear and reverberate throughout every Metropolis.

  5. Admin

    Patriarch’s Comments on Fanaticism.

    Patriarchal and Synodal Encyclical
    On the Sunday of Orthodoxy
    (February 21, 2010)

    BARTHOLOMEW

    By God’s Grace Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome And Ecumenical Patriarch

    To the Fullness of the Church, Grace and Peace
    From our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

    Our most holy Orthodox Church today commemorates its own feast day, and —from this historical and martyric See of the Ecumenical Patriarchate —the Mother Church of Constantinople directs its blessing, love and concern to all of its faithful and dedicated spiritual children throughout the world, inviting them to concelebrate in prayer.

    Blessed be the name of the Lord! Those who endeavored over the ages to suppress the Church through various visible and invisible persecutions; those who sought to falsify the Church with their heretical teachings; those who wanted to silence the Church, depriving it of its voice and witness; they all proved unsuccessful. The clouds of Martyrs, the tears of the Ascetics, and the prayers of the Saints protect the Church spiritually, while the Comforter and Spirit of Truth leads it to the fullness of truth.

    With a sense of duty and responsibility, despite its hurdles and problems, as the First-Throne Church of Orthodoxy, the Ecumenical Patriarchate cares about protecting and establishing the unity of the Orthodox Church, in order that with one voice and in one heart we may confess the Orthodox faith of our Fathers in every age and even in our times. For, Orthodoxy is not a museum treasure that must be preserved; it is a breath of life that must be transmitted and invigorate all people. Orthodoxy is always contemporary, so long as we promote it with humility and interpret it in light of the existential quests and needs of humanity in each historical period and cultural circumstance.

    To this purpose, Orthodoxy must be in constant dialogue with the world. The Orthodox Church does not fear dialogue because truth is not afraid of dialogue. On the contrary, if Orthodoxy is enclosed within itself and not in dialogue with those outside, it will both fail in its mission and no longer be the “catholic” and “ecumenical” Church. Instead, it will become an introverted and self-contained group, a “ghetto” on the margins of history. This is why the great Fathers of the Church never feared dialogue with the spiritual culture of their age – indeed even with the pagan idolaters and philosophers of their world – thereby influencing and transforming the civilization of their time and offering us a truly ecumenical church.

    Today, Orthodoxy is called to continue this dialogue with the outside world in order to provide a witness and the life-giving breath of its faith. However, this dialogue cannot reach the outside world unless it first passes through all those that bear the Christian name. Thus, we must first converse as Christians among ourselves in order to resolve our differences, in order that our witness to the outside world may be credible. Our endeavors for the union of all Christians is the will and command of our Lord, who before His Passion prayed to His Father “that all [namely, His disciples] may be one, so that the world may believe that You sent me.”(John 17.21) It is not possible for the Lord to agonize over the unity of His disciples and for us to remain indifferent about the unity of all Christians. This would constitute criminal betrayal and transgression of His divine commandment.

    It is precisely for these reasons that, with the mutual agreement and participation of all local Orthodox Churches, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has for many decades conducted official Panorthodox theological dialogues with the larger Christian Churches and Confessions. The aim of these dialogues is, in a spirit of love, to discuss whatever divides Christians both in terms of faith as well as in terms of the organization and life of the Church.

    These dialogues, together with every effort for peaceful and fraternal relations of the Orthodox Church with other Christians, are unfortunately challenged today in an unacceptably fanatical way — at least by the standards of a genuinely Orthodox ethos— by certain circles that exclusively claim for themselves the title of zealot and defender of Orthodoxy. As if all the Patriarchs and Sacred Synods of the Orthodox Churches throughout the world, who unanimously decided on and continue to support these dialogues, were not Orthodox. Yet, these opponents of every effort for the restoration of unity among Christians raise themselves above Episcopal Synods of the Church to the dangerous point of creating schisms within the Church.

    In their polemical argumentation, these critics of the restoration of unity among Christians do not even hesitate to distort reality in order to deceive and arouse the faithful. Thus, they are silent about the fact that theological dialogues are conducted by unanimous decision of all Orthodox Churches, instead attacking the Ecumenical Patriarchate alone. They disseminate false rumors that union between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches is imminent, while they know well that the differences discussed in these theological dialogues remain numerous and require lengthy debate; moreover, union is not decided by theological commissions but by Church Synods. They assert that the Pope will supposedly subjugate the Orthodox, because they latter submit to dialogue with the Roman Catholics! They condemn those who conduct these dialogues as allegedly “heretics” and “traitors” of Orthodoxy, purely and simply because they converse with non-Orthodox, with whom they share the treasure and truth of our Orthodox faith. They speak condescendingly of every effort for reconciliation among divided Christians and restoration of their unity as purportedly being “the pan-heresy of ecumenism” without providing the slightest evidence that, in its contacts with non-Orthodox, the Orthodox Church has abandoned or denied the doctrines of the Ecumenical Councils and of the Church Fathers.

    Beloved children in the Lord, Orthodoxy has no need of either fanaticism or bigotry to protect itself. Whoever believes that Orthodoxy has the truth does not fear dialogue, because truth has never been endangered by dialogue. By contrast, when in our day all people strive to resolve their differences through dialogue, Orthodoxy cannot proceed with intolerance and extremism. You should have utmost confidence in your Mother Church. For the Mother Church has over the ages preserved and transmitted Orthodoxy even to other nations. And today, the Mother Church is struggling amid difficult circumstances to maintain Orthodoxy vibrant and venerable throughout the world.

    From the Ecumenical Patriarchate, this sacred Center of Orthodoxy, we embrace all of you lovingly and bless you paternally, praying that you may journey in health through the holy period of contrition and asceticism known as Holy and Great Lent in order that you may become worthy of celebrating the pure Passion and glorious Resurrection of our Savior Lord with all faithful Orthodox Christians
    throughout the world.

    Sunday of Orthodoxy 2010
    + Bartholomew of Constantinople

    Fervent supplicant to God for all

    + Constantine of Derkon
    +Evangelos of Perge
    + Kallinikos of Lystra
    + Michael of Austria
    + Alexios of Atlanta
    + Joseph of Proikonnisos
    + Demetrios of Sevasteia
    + Irenaios of Myriophyton and Peristasis
    + Chrysostom of Myra
    + Emmanuel of France
    + Makarios of Gortyna and Arkadia
    + Amphilochios of New Zealand

    The link to the Encyclical from the Patriarchate is provided to confirm the original source of the text of this document:

    http://www.patriarchate.org/documents/sunday-orthodoxy-2010