Mr. Georgy Thomas,
From your second review, are you trying to prove that the Georgian church
got its autocephaly at one point? I assume this is so. But how did this
happen? Did they merely claim it on their own?
Autocephaly is a popular word of our time. But it shouldn't be used
loosely, for it comes with grave consequences. If approached incorrectly,
it goes against our message of Christianity and tears communities and
Someone told me that the Oriental Orthodox Churches in America should join
together and claim autocephaly on their own and leave their ties with their
Patriarchates. When you think about it, what can the Patriarchs do? Not
much. BUT, I don't think it's as simply as this. If we claim to be a
church, an ecclesia, we shouldn't act like a club or organization.
There are proper ways of doing things and I definitely don't think the
Orthodox Syrian Church showed us the model for this. There still is time to
correct the mistakes of our past. By simple acts of Christian love, we can
coexist. But this requires humbleness and the recognition that people and
families come before property and wealth of this world. An act of Christian
love can go a long, long way in binding our wounds.
But then again, who wants to talk about Christian love?
St. Vladimir, New York