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Indeed, the statement is very clarifying. The Serbian Orthodox Church wants to get a hand on the Romanian churches in its “canonical territory”, but in the same time wants to maintain its exarchate in the “canonical territory” of the Romanian Church
Of course, since the Serbian priests in Romania receive a salary help from the Romanian state, and on the other hand the Serbian state is threatening to demolish certain Romanian churches in Serbia, the situation does not look very balanced. But the disbalance is more likely caused by the political pressure (the ultranationalist Serbian president was elected just when the synod took place), then by any church reasons, and will very likely stop at the level of words. The Romanians have much more to gain from the establishment of “canonical order” then the Serbians.
» Posted By anonimus per Scorilo On August 1, 2012 @ 4:31 am
There is a theoretical question about validity of Catholic and Anglican orders, and a practical one.
Given that the grand total of Anglican priests who joined the Romanian Orthodox Church is very close to zero, perhaps it is more productive to focus on what the Russian and Romanian Orthodox Churches did with the thousands of Eastern Catholic priests who joined the Orthodox Church in Ukraine and Romania. Were they chrismated ? Were they reordained ? Were they at least revested and proclaimed “axios” ?
The answer is “none of the above”. They had to sign something, and that was it.
And I do not think they would do any differently if an Eastern Catholic priest demanded tomorrow to join the Orthodox Church.
» Posted By anonimus per Scorilo On August 1, 2012 @ 4:01 am
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I do not know where anybody is getting this toxic news about the “serious ecclesiastical disputes” between Romania and Serbia or Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem patriarchate has been in a financial dispute with the Romanians over the past 10 year over some pilgrimage sites in the Holy Land. When Romania sided with the Russians against Constantinople in Chambesy, the Jerusalem patriarchate received the green light from Constantinople to blow this financial dispute into a full break of communion, but it is clear to everybody they are just bluffing. This has not stopped the Romanians from getting the Holy Fire from Jerusalem this Pascha, etc.
As for Serbia, ever since World War 1 there has been a Serbian bishop in Timisoara (inside Romania) pastoring Serbian parishes and monasteries, and there has been a Romanian bishop in Vrsac (Serbia) pastoring Romanian parishes. It is not a perfect and flawless arrangement, but it has worked for the past 90 years.
» Posted By Anonimus per Scorilo On July 31, 2012 @ 4:43 am