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5960RE: [orthodox-synod] An Interview with Archbishop Mark

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  • vladimir kozyreff
    Jun 23, 2002
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      Dear List,

      A concept which is often debated is the "canonical territory". In his latest
      inteviw in < Nezavisimaya gazeta", Vl Mark says:

      - The concept of " canonical territory " is an innovation! This term never
      earlier in Church existed, and it is better to not use it because it turns
      the attention away from thre essential...


      It seems in fact that the concept is not that new. The Church has always
      been organised on a territorial basis. A diocese is a territory.

      Below is a reference that documents this idea.

      In Christ,

      Vladimir Kozyreff

      The Patriarchate of Moscow, as the local Church and in accordance with its
      official founding ecclesiastical Acts, also has its canonical jurisdiction
      with geographical boundaries and geographical restrictions, according once
      again to the canonical teaching and ecclesiology of the Orthodox Church.

      Its canonical jurisdiction - "the territory" - extends "to all Russia",
      namely as noted also above, within the boundaries of the Russian dominion
      and not beyond these.

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