5960RE: [orthodox-synod] An Interview with Archbishop Mark
- Jun 23, 2002Dear 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.
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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