Re: [orthodox-synod] This document should be sent back to committee (the problem goes much deeper)
- On Friday, November 03, 2006, at 02:20PM, "gene703" <gene703@...> wrote:
>This has been said many times but I would like to repeat it one more time and get a responce from clergy familiar with canon law who post on this listThere are certainly many times in the history of the Orthodox church where bishops were aledged to be imposters and aledged to have been installed by civil authorities. I don't know that there is a uniform yes or no as to whether they are now regarded as imposters.
> According to orthodox cannons a bishop that gains his appointement from civil authorities is not really a bishop, right ?
> Alexey Ridiger was appointed an MP Bishop of Tallinn in 1961 when communists were fully in charge on MP personell, right ?
> Is therefore current MP Patrairch Alexey II (Ridiger) a real orthodox clergyman or an impostor according to orthodox cannon law ?
> thank you
I don't know that I would neccessarily compare the situation with Patriarch Alexy II to the situation with of St Photius the Great, but I would note that to this day that many (most?) Roman Catholics, consider St Photius the Great to be an ilegitimate Bishop who was appointed by a civil authority.