Re: Rejoining the Russian Patriarchate
- --- In email@example.com, Priest Seraphim Holland
> Al Green wrote:I'm
> > Fr. John,
> > Explain what ROCOR stands for that the OCA does not. Is not the
> > theology and dogmas of the two jurisdictions the same?
> > Or is it that the OCA is, like the Antiochians, more open to
> > nonRussians? Maybe the OCA isn't Russian enough? What is it about
> > being Russian that is more "Orthodox" than other ethnic groups.
> > Irish-English. Does this make me less Orthodox?would be
> > Or am I misunderstanding the point you are making.
> Al, my congratulations. Usually, with a subject like this, you
> shouting. There is a bit of an edge to your "voice", but you arenot
> SHOUTING! This makes intelligent discourse so much easier.will not
> Fr John speaks well for himself, and more irenically than I, so I
> answer his questions. I will say that I am "pre-schism IrishOrthodox"
> too, and am accepted as being as Orthodox as anybody else. I alsofirmly
> believe that there are significant differences between the OCA andROCOR,
> and that many of these differences can be overcome.***I'd like to hear your thoughts on this. Please consider the
question asked of you.
***What I'm mainly interested in knowing is whether the differences
are theological and dogmatic, or in "cap T/small t" traditions and
procedures and local customs. From my limited research, the
catechisms of the various Orthodox jurisdictions is the same, but
that local practices give the appearance that there are many
differences. I've always maintained on the various forums I belong
to and used to belong to (<G>) that the core beliefs of Orthodoxy's
autonomous and autocephalous churches is the same. If not, then I
might conclude that we are not "one" church.
- Dear Subdeacon Lawrence
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