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  Autocephaly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In hierarchical Christian churches, especially Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches, autocephaly is the status of a hierarchical church whose head bishop does not report to any higher-ranking bishop.
For example, the Cypriot Orthodox Church was granted autocephaly by the Council of Ephesus and is ruled by the Archbishop of Cyprus, who is not subject to any higher ecclesiastical authority, although his church remains in full communion with the other Eastern Orthodox churches.
Similarly, the Tewahedo Church of Ethiopia was granted autocephaly by the Coptic pope in 1950, and the Orthodox Church in America was granted autocephaly by the Patriarch of Moscow in 1970.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Autocephaly   (276 words)

 Autocephaly - OrthodoxWiki
Autocephaly (literally "self-headed") is the status of a church within the Orthodox Church whose primatial bishop does not report to any higher-ranking bishop.
The autocephaly of the Church of Cyprus was recognized at the Third Ecumenical Council (431).
The Orthodox Church in America received autocephaly from the Church of Russia in 1970 (though that action is still not recognized by many of the older autocephalous churches).
www.orthodoxwiki.org /Autocephaly   (999 words)

 Byzantine response to OCA autocephaly - OrthodoxWiki
The Byzantine response to the autocephaly of the OCA consisted primarily in a number of letters and statements made in the early 1970s by the ancient autocephalous patriarchates of the Orthodox Church—the Churches of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem—along with the Church of Greece.
The grant of autocephaly served to regularize relations between the Church of Russia and the Metropolia and gave the latter much-needed self-governance.
Autocephaly by its nature includes a total territorial definition, which Moscow's tomos does not make, especially because it kept dozens of parishes for itself in North America and makes no claim over the majority of Orthodox parishes in America.
www.orthodoxwiki.org /Byzantine_response_to_OCA_autocephaly   (1349 words)

 Congregationalist church governance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
An older, competing, but somewhat related theory, is sometimes called nationalism (in the Reformed churches tradition), or autocephaly (in the Eastern Orthodox Church tradition).
In both nationalism and autocephaly, one unifying doctrine is given local expression, according to differences in language and customs.
Autocephaly is strictly episcopalian, and assures the self-government of distinct patriarchates within a structure of common doctrine, comparable practices, with some degree of mutual accountability through which they remain in communion with one another.
www.sitetunnel.com /cgi-bin/nph-sitetunnel.cgi/001010A/http/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congregationalism   (1372 words)

 Religioscope - Macedonia: Church Deals Divides Public Opinion
The Macedonian church declared autocephaly in 1967, a move strongly encouraged by the communist hierarchy as part of a drive to bolster Macedonia's national identity.
Autocephaly, which is akin to ecclesiastical independence, has ramifications that go way beyond the clergy and religious people.
The autocephaly camp believes the Nis talks are part of a wider Serbian plan to destabilise Macedonia and are particularly angered by the fact that the agreement questions even the name of its church.
www.religioscope.com /notes/2002/025_macedonia_back.htm   (902 words)

 Unity and Autocephaly: Mutually Exclusive?
The principle of autocephaly, by which the affairs of a local church are administered independently of any other authority, is reflected in early synodal legislation.
The principle of autocephaly is found in embryonic form in Apostolic Canon 34 and in canons 17 of the Fourth Ecumenical Synod and 38 of the Penthekti (Quinisext) Ecumenical Synod.
It must be borne in mind, however, that not until this recognition on the part of the Church of Constantinople was achieved, did the new autocephalous church consider herself equal to the existing autocephalous churches.
www.goarch.org /en/ourfaith/articles/article8131.asp   (2653 words)

 OCA - Q & A - Autocephaly
Is it not a fact that the autocephaly of the Metropolia as the Orthodox Church in America has caused greater divisions rather than greater union among the Orthodox people?
Is it not really the case that the Metropolia has always been a national jurisdiction like all of the others, and that even today, no matter what it calls itself, it is still a Russian Church with...
If autocephaly was really so important to the Metropolia, why did the bishops negotiate secretly and make the decision by themselves without discussion with the church or the convocation of an All...
www.oca.org /QAindex-autocephaly.asp?SID=3   (414 words)

 HTC: The Path to Autocephaly and Beyond
I became indirectly involved in the process leading to the granting of autocephaly in 1966 when, as a parish priest, I was summoned to New York to function as the Secretary for His Eminence, Metropolitan Ireney.
Autocephaly was simple the de jure recognition of the fact that its former American Diocese, established in 1794, was then, in 1970, a mature and independent Church.
In presenting the case of autocephaly for the Metropolia, Metropolitan Nikodim explained that much internal opposition had to be overcome, but once the options were put forth, autocephaly was recognized as being the wisest of choices.
www.holy-trinity.org /modern/theodosius.html   (4930 words)

 Autocephaly - Wikipedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
When a high-ranking bishop, such as a patriarch, releases an ecclesiastical province from his authority while remaining in full communion with that newly independent church, he is granting autocephaly.
For example, the Cypriot Orthodox Church is autocephalous because it was granted autocephaly by the Patriarch of Constantinople and is ruled by the Archbishop of Cyprus, who is not subject to any higher ecclesiastical authority, although his church remains in full communion with the Patriarch.
Similarly, the Tawahido Church of Ethiopia was granted autocephaly by the Coptic pope in 1950, and the Orthodox Church in America was granted autocephaly by the Patriarch of Moscow in 1970.
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 Autocephaly History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Patriarchate of Alexandria Acceptance and Autocephaly of Archbishop Dionysios (Reposed December 28, 2005)
In the actual letter granting Autocephaly, which was sent via the Exarchate of Alexandria in Greece, Bishop Dionysios is told that a letter sent to him on September 13, 1984 through His Eminence Iakovos of America (former Archbishop of the Greek Archdiocese of North and South America) is to be considered annulled.
Letter Granting Autocephaly, which is certified by the Greek Government as a true copy of the original, and accompanying English Translation.
www.canonicalorthodoxchurch.org /autocephaly.htm   (496 words)

 Autocephaly - Sonic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The elder brother of Rostislav, Izyaslav Mstislavich, a proponent of the autocephaly of the Russian Church, favored the erudite Russian monk Clement Smolyatich for Metropolitan, and wanted him to be made Metropolitan by a council of...
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 Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
There are also some canonically established national Orthodox Churches that have declared their autocephaly but, mostly for political reasons, have yet not been recognized as such by the other Orthodox Churches.
More explicit and directly addressing the issue of Belarusan autocephaly was the 1924 tomes (charter) of the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognizing autocephaly of the Polish Orthodox Church, which said that the 1686 annexation of the Lithuanian (Belarusan) and Kievan (Ukrainian) Metropolinates by the Patriarchate of Moscow was contrary to canon law.
Since in the past there never existed a Polish Orthodox Metropolinate, the autocephaly of the Polish Orthodox Church was recognized on the grounds that actually support recognition of the Belarusan and Ukrainian national Orthodox Churches.
www.belaoc.com /engl/introdaction2.htm   (484 words)

 OCA - Q & A - Autocephaly (1 of 20)
Autocephaly comes from the Greek words for self (auto) and head (kephale).
In church usage autocephaly refers to those churches which are in no way dependent for their life and mission upon any other church or churches.
Thus, for example, the Churches of Finland and Japan are autonomous churches in the above-described relationship with the Church of Constantinople and of Russia, whereas the Orthodox Church in America is fully autocephalous.
www.oca.org /QA.asp?ID=210&SID=3   (165 words)

 News and events
It is worth to note that granting autocephaly to a Church is a very inconsistent issue in the teaching and the understading of the Orthodox Church, although it is very important.
Namely, some ancient Churches that have lost their high clergy and the mother state, after the renewal of the state or the high clergy, have been granted autocephaly, while from others, like from the Macedonian Orthodox Church, it is demanded that they should pass through the process of autonomy.
The Serbian Orthodox Church Commission thought that the right to grant autocephaly "belongs to the Ecumenical Patriarchate or to the future Ecumenical Council", contrary to its former opinion that "it is a competency of the Mother Church".
www.mpc.org.mk /English/news2.asp?id=845   (1658 words)

 Religion in Eastern Europe
It was expected that the first step toward the achievement of that goal would be the establishment of a Ukrainian Orthodox Church made up of the Ukrainian eparchies of the Russian Orthodox Church, headed by the Metropolitan of Kyiv, and the winning of autonomous status for that church within the framework of the Moscow Patriarchate.
The possibility of a government proclamation of autocephaly was first discussed under the Hetmanate and was to have been implemented in the event that the pro‑Russian episcopate of the church refused to cooperate with the government on the matter.
It was in those years that the problems of Ukrainian Orthodox autocephaly and of relations between the Orthodox and Greek Catholic churches were first brought forward as matters of state policy.
www.georgefox.edu /academics/undergrad/departments/soc-swk/ree/plokhy.html   (4412 words)

 News and events
Is the history of acquiring autocephaly exactly as you tried now in a couple of lines to explain to us it is a big question, but this is not important now.
As I already pointed out, the problem is not in the autocephaly, the problem is pastoral and concerns the name ‘Macedonian Orthodox Church’.
Let no one foster a false hope, this hierarchy, especially without the name Macedonian Orthodox Church, even if it acquires autocephaly, will not be accepted by anyone, because it has already missed pastorally this people and this people knows it has been betrayed by them, and this is hard to forget.
www.mpc.org.mk /English/news2.asp?id=223   (2120 words)

 RISU - Religious Information Service of Ukraine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Ukrainians always wanted autocephaly but ecclesiastical self-government ended with the demise of the Hetman State and in 1686 the Kyiv Metropolitanate was subordinated to Moscow.
Autocephaly returned in 1917 but was again suppressed by the Soviets in 1930 only to reappear with the independence of Ukraine from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Autocephaly in this case signified independence from the Moscow Patriarchate.
www.risu.org.ua /glossary.php?id=1   (206 words)

 UOC USA | Diocesan News | Three Voices   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
It was said that this church lives according to its own charter, in contrast with, let's say, the self-administered church of Estonia or the self-administered church of Moldova.
That's a bluff from start to finish, because in Constantinople they know canon law and they know that it is impossible to grant autocephaly without the participation of the mother church, that is, without the agreement of the Moscow patriarchate.
The local council of 1991, which was attended by the entire episcopate and representatives of the clergy of all dioceses of Ukraine and of ecclesiastical educational institutions and all monasteries unanimously voted for autocephaly of the Ukrainian church.
www.uocofusa.org /news/three_voices.shtml   (2070 words)

 Autonomous Ukrainian Orthodox Church in America - HistoryofOurChurch
Since in the past there never existed a Polish Orthodox Metropolinate, the autocephaly of the Polish Orthodox Church was recognized on the grounds that actually support recognition of a Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.
Although the Autonomous Ukrainain Orthodox Church in America is autonomous (self-governing), the election of its Prime Bishop is approved by Metropolitan Thomas, and Metropolitan Thomas is commemorated at Divine Liturgy by the Prime Bishop of the Autonomous Ukrainian Orthodox Church in America.
A Tomos of Autocephaly (self-government) was issued by the Ecumenical Patriarch +GREGORIOS VII to the Orthodox Church of Poland which was headed by Metropolitan +DIONISIJ (Valedynsky).
www.uaocmoisey.org /HistoryStatutes/HistoryofOurChurch.dsp   (2322 words)

 Religioscope - Macedonian Bishop Accused of Ecclesiastical Treason
Autocephaly, which amounts to ecclesiastical independence, has a significance that transcends the clergy and the faithful - an independent Macedonian church is seen as an essential part of the country's nationhood.
At a secret meeting held at an undisclosed address outside Skopje on June 26, Bishop Petar of Australia and New Zealand, who originally brought Jovan into the Macedonian church, was given the task of bringing his former protege and "renegade" bishop back into the fold.
However, campaigners for autocephaly note that with the recognition of other Orthodox churches withheld since 1967, their struggle is still incomplete.
www.religioscope.com /articles/2002/007_macedonia.htm   (1148 words)

 BOOK NOTE: The quest for Ukrainian autocephaly (12/27/98)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Partykevich's book, the full title of which is "Between Kyiv and Constantinople: Oleksander Lototsky and the Quest for Ukrainian Autocephaly," examines a subject of particular importance for contemporary Ukrainian Orthodoxy: the autocephalous status of the Church and relations with the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Lototsky became minister of religious affairs in the government of Hetman Pavlo Skoropadsky (1918) and was involved in the Directory's proclamation of Ukrainian Orthodox autocephaly in January 1919.
In the same year, he was appointed ambassador of the Ukrainian National Republic to Istanbul, where he devoted considerable effort to representing the cause of Ukrainian Orthodox autocephaly before the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
www.ukrweekly.com /Archive/1998/529810.shtml   (490 words)

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