Holy Synod of Antioch: “the nature of the Episcopate is one”

From OCANews:

The Holy Synod of the See of Antioch, after long discussion and deep deliberation of the Synodal decision of February 24, 2009, and with the recommendations of His Beatitude, the Patriarch, it affirms that the nature of the Episcopate is one and the same to all those who are consecrated as bishops.

The Holy Synod of Antioch affirms and reminds that all bishops of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America are bishops who assist the Metropolitan,

And that, furthermore, any diocese of the one united Archdiocese, under any circumstances, cannot be considered an independent Archdiocese. The Holy Synod of Antioch alone has the prerogative to establish Archdioceses in the See of Antioch.

Issued June,17, 2009

Bp. MARK has already weighed in on this; we will see what actually happens, if anything. It strikes me that the Synod has perhaps said as much as they can without appearing to lay the hammer down on any person in particular — which, perhaps, means they haven’t said much of anything at all, except to say that AOCNA’s self-rule status is for all intents and purposes a legal fiction with no particular effect that they are willing to recognize. Perhaps this is a first move towards folding AOCNA back in as a more normalized part of the See of Antioch? I don’t know — I guess we’ll see.

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2 Responses to “Holy Synod of Antioch: “the nature of the Episcopate is one””


  1. 1 rwp 22 June 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Did you see +Jonah’s speech at the St Vlad’s Unity conference?

  2. 2 Daniel 22 June 2009 at 10:11 pm

    This mess just keep getting more exciting, sadly. It is starting to feel more like a job for the CIA, especially when you read posts like this one:

    http://ochlophobist.blogspot.com/2009/06/damascus-enron-ecclesiology-with-fun.html

    Oh boy…


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