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Encyclical Letter of the Eastern Patriarchs to the Roman Pope in 1848

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  • vkozyreff
    Dear List, Below are elements of information regarding the Synodal authority, the origin of this authority, the necessity that the Synod be in harmony with all
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 7, 2002
      Dear List,

      Below are elements of information regarding the Synodal authority,
      the origin of this authority, the necessity that the Synod be in
      harmony with all of the Church and the principle of "Wholeness" in
      Orthodoxy.

      The Synod is in no way meant to impose its decisions to the Church,
      as a commanding officers would give orders to his inferiors in an
      army, or as the board of directors would behave in a company. The
      synod is an emanation of the whole Church, not a Papal - like
      institution.

      The role of the people was reflected in the Encyclical Letter of the
      Eastern Patriarchs to the Roman Pope in 1848, in which it is said
      that "neither the hierarchy nor councils could ever introduce
      novelty, since with us the guardian of piety and faith is the very
      Body of the Church, i.e., the people themselves." (Art. 17 )

      The ecclesiastical authority even on the highest level (the Synod of
      Bishops) is only the legal organ for the proclamation of the mind of
      the Church, the expression of the truth of the Church.

      Every conciliar decision becomes absolute authority only by its
      reception in the universal Church. The principle of truth is the Holy
      Spirit living in the Church Who Himself points out the way to
      unanimity.

      In Christ,

      Vladimir Kozyreff
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