Re: [orthodox-synod] Re: Letter to the Patriarch Alexi
- With all due respect I think some these are more rumor than truth. (The protestants have done much to color history with regard to church-government involvement).
As I understand it Hosius of Cordoba felt the need for a council, as did Constantine who basically took his advice on Christianity from Hosius. Constantine offered to pay in full the travel cost for any bishop who wished to attend. Protestants often aledge that Constantine presided over the council and that he determined Arianism would be ex-communicated. Both these points are wrong. Firstly Constantine wasn't even present save for a speech he gave at the opening reminding folks that inciting violence over religious differences was dangerous, secondly Constantine FAVORED Arianism.
I should like to see these other allegations examined as well.
Western scholarship on this issue has often worked to try to paint Orthodoxy with the same brush with which it paint Roman Catholicism, and so many of these accusations are presented as facts sans evidence in western books.
On Friday, March 30, 2007, at 12:15AM, "DDD" <dimitradd@...> wrote:
>On Fri, 30 Mar 2007 03:26:14 -0000, Fr. Alexey Chumakov wrote:
>Not to mention a clearly heretic statement that was introduced into
> "Dukhovnyj ustav" by abp. Theophan (Prokopovich) at the time of Peter
> the Great, that recognized Emperor as "head of Church and the Supreme
> Judge of this Holy College" - "verkovnyj sudiya dukhovnoj sej
> kollegii". It certainly beats Pope to the title, an dit was in
> standard bishop's pledge almost until the revoloution ( I think 1905).
> Anyway, if we are looking for the roots of "sergianism" we do not have
> far to go.
>No--not far at all--just look at the Sultans in the Ottoman Empire picking and choosing Patriarchs. And of course, the most "sergianist" of all is for EMPEROR Constantine to have called the First Ecumenical Council, as well as other Emperors calling other Ecumenical Councils. What is an Emperor doing bossing Bishops around and interfering in Church affairs?! What a sergianist!