Recognition of IOC in world bodies
- Dear Respected Members,
Recently I read this post on an IOC forum:
>37. CURRENT STATUSThis was posted by a priest with the rank of Chorepiscopus.
>Our Church has been recognized by all world Christian
>denominations -- Roman Catholic, Protestants, the
>Eastern and the Oriental Orthodox Churches -- along
>with the World Council of Churches -- as an
>independent, indigenous, autocephalous Church.
I am wondering how this can be possible since our Patriarch does not
recognize the IOC as independent. I am almost positive that the
Coptic Church does not officially recognize the IOC as autocephalous.
I am aware that the IOC is active in world Christian bodies, but how
do those bodies see the IOC?
Can anyone clarify the issue?
Of course, just because some Christians who may not know the
hierarchical development of the IOC might accept the IOC's bishopric
at face value, it does not mean that legitimacy exists.
P.S. In a recent post I wrote to Matthew T., a clarification of my
own is in order. I wrote that Mor Vatterseril was active ca. 1850s.
Actually, he was born in the 1850s and caused trouble in the church
in the early 1900s. HH Abdul Mashih was deposed around this time and
Mor Vatterseril was "elevated" by him after he was deposed. I believe
this is widely understood by many members of this forum. Please
forgive the mistake and pray for me. Thanks to Mike W. for bringing
this to my attention.
Dn. Zach Varghese