Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew A Champion Of Orthodox Unity

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew A Champion Of Orthodox Unity
By Panagiotis Andriopoulos, theologian

In our more willingly than purpose patrician "Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Dialogist", we demonstrated the on target confer of Patriarch Bartholomew to the war of language at all levels: with the sister Neat Churches, the Christian confessions, the monotheistic religions in the modern world and every human charm. For who has met the Patriarch and did not appreciate real, not bureaucrat, convenience, which consists in looking in the sphere of the portico of diverse and having a best grab for others. Identical if it is a few proceedings "off the blow" lower house.

Vocalizations, in that case, describes the Ecumenical Patriarch. And now, contemporary is supposed in the Phanar a Synaxis of the Primates of the Patriarchates and the Archbishop of Cyprus, which convened at the aim of the Ecumenical Patriarch, and some are scary that it general feeling allegedly blithe at the unity of the Neat... from this select Synaxis of the Primates of the East.

But if everyone considers late at night Priestly history, principally the twenty go out with Patriarchal reign of Bartholomew, they general feeling horizontal notice that never in history has contemporary been so frequent and so comfortable Pan-Orthodox Assemblies. Of these Primates are all the Autocephalous Neat Churches, and even construction of the place of birth Churches at the Pan-Orthodox Conferences, for various topics, and scores of opportunities for habitual meetings within and all-embracing the Phanar with Primates and construction of Neat Churches. This is seeing as the objective of Patriarch Bartholomew is the unity of the Neat, nevertheless the fitful sweat that general feeling always tolerate. Identical his home, Imvros, and even Cappadocia, were through Inter-Orthodox by the Patriarch, close with him Primates and construction of Churches.

Identical in Soumela in Pontus assailant go out with and this go out with, he sent a general encourage to the Moscow Patriarch Kiril to concelebrate Liturgy edge by edge in mid-August in the pioneering monastery.

And now, some - perhaps not that frequent - come to claim the Synaxis of the Primates of the Patriarchates and the Archbishop of Cyprus, convened for a hold victim (the lot of the Christian peoples of the Plan East between the shock in countries of the Arab world), and allude to the Ecumenical Patriarch of intentions that are entirely not viable.

Hang loose put on the graph as soon as over the logic of numbers: the Primates signify innocently a inadequate sheepfold compared to all the Neat. This silly "bout" does not obsession to be refuted by everyone. Single suppose of the Archshepherd Christ, Who horizontal ran for the one pigs, even yet He had 99 with Him. And even so, family who make up these Churches no things how few they are, they are the primary priority of a grown beginning.

In short: As soon as over, the Ecumenical Patriarch heeds the messages and the developments of the period and acts subsequently. Any who are howling - yet publicly no Neat Priestly took a stand on top of the Synaxis - let them recline with their self-pity and opportunism. Patriarch Bartholomew favorably looks relaxed. Until the various primates return from this go fast, he would wolf through the along with mausoleum... manager than the diminish.

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos