[orthodox-synod] The Orthodox Church reports numerical increase
- Rooters Wire Service 08/23/1999
The Ecumenical Patriarch was pleased to announce today
that an Orthodox Family in Moldova gave birth to a
child 2 months ago, who was baptized today, making the
total number of Orthodox Christians in the world climb
from an even 300 million (a figure which has been
constant for more than a decade now) to 300,000,001!
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- To quote the radical priest, Father Andrew James's article in One Church (the
official publication of the Moscow Patriarchate, in the USA), a few eyars
ago, when James directly addressed His All Holiness Bartolomeos, I, he said:
"Stop making pope noises, Holiness."
The news about the "resignation" of Archbishop SPYRIDON carried the
guesstimate that there are 300,000,000 Orthodox Christians, but it also said
that Black Bart is the "head of the Eastern Orthodox Church."
As I recall (I'm doing this off the top of my head), Canon 28 of the 4th
Ecumenical Council gives Bartolomeos the right to ordained the Metropolitans
of Pontus, Thrace, and Asia (Asia Minor). This scandalized the pope of Rome.
That canon also gives him authority over bishops from those three,
continugous dioceses (continguous to Constantinople) "working among the
From such humble beginnings doth His All Holiness suck out no small
advantage, but it is an advantage which has no possibility of establishing
itself. It is, after all, utterly at odds with Holy Tradition and the sacred
Tell that to the rich Greek businessmen who got Spyridon thrown to the wolves.
The cap to it all, trying desperately to get us to believe what is not true,
in the local article, no doubt quoting the Phanar, came in the words:
"Though he was born in Warren, Ohio, Spyridon's critics claim he was out of
touch with America. He has spent most of his life in Europe."
Well, who hasn't?!
There's a word game played out in Waiting for Godot. In one scene Vladimir
and Estragon are calling one another names. The game is over, when one of
them (no one is ever certain which one is which) calls the other the worst
thing either of them can think to call the other.
He says: "Critic!"