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  Eastern Orthodox Church organization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Eastern Orthodox Churches are a communion comprising the collective body of fourteen or fifteen separate autocephalous hierarchical churches that recognize each other as "canonical" Orthodox Christian churches (there is an essentially political disagreement about whether the number is 14 or 15).
The highest-ranking bishop of the communion is the Patriarch of Constantinople, who is also primate of one of the fourteen or fifteen churches.
These organizations are in full communion with each other, so any priest of any of those churches may lawfully minister to any member of any of them, and no member of any is excluded from any form of worship in any of the others.
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Eastern Catholics are the members of those churches in Eastern Europe and the Near East (and now in our own country) that are in full communion with the See of Rome and have the identical faith and morals possessed by Western Catholics of the Latin Rite.
The Eastern Orthodox churches are a confederated grouping of some 16 or so independent ("autocephalous") national churches found largely in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Near East, and immigrated into the nations of the West.
Though the Eastern Orthodox lack adherence to the visible head of the Church Militant instituted by Christ for His One Church (the Bishop of Rome, the Successor of Peter), it is an immeasurable blessing that they retain almost all the faith, worship and spiritual practices which characterized the "undivided Church" of the 7 Ecumenical Councils.
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 APOLOGETICS, THE PAPACY, AND EASTERN ORTHODOXY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
It is to be emphasized that the position of the Eastern Orthodox churches (whose called-for-Unity with the Catholic Church is one of the highest priorities in Pope John Paul II's pontificate) is quite different than that of most Protestants.
The Eastern Orthodox continue to profess the ancient belief of the "undivided Church" that the Episcopacy continues the apostolic mission of the original Apostolic College.
Though by the grace of God, the Eastern Orthodox have kept in almost complete measure the Catholic faith as defined in the first seven Ecumenical Councils, they have departed from the fullness of that faith in sadly separating themselves from the communion of the Rock-foundation of the Church, Peter and his successors, the Roman Pontiffs.
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 Eastern Orthodox Church, Orthodox Catholic, Greek Orthodox   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Orthodox Church is one of the three major branches of Christianity, which stands in historical continuity with the communities created by the apostles of Jesus in the region of the eastern Mediterranean, and which spread by missionary activity throughout Eastern Europe.
Orthodox observers were present at the sessions of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), and several meetings took place between popes Paul VI and John Paul II on the one side, and patriarchs Athenagoras and Demetrios on the other.
The Orthodox Tradition is the theological tradition, generally associated with the national churches of the eastern Mediterranean and eastern Europe and principally with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, whose distinguishing characteristic consists in preservation of the integrity of the doctrines taught by the fathers of the seven ecumenical councils of the fourth through eighth centuries.
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Eastern Orthodox Oriental Orthodox ---------------- ----------------- Metropolitan Parthenion Bishop Samuel Patriarchate of Alexandria Coptic Orthodox Church Metropolitan Nikodim Bishop K. Sarkissian Moscow Patriarchate Armenian Apostolic Church Metropolitan Nikodim Rev. Fr.
The official representatives of the two families of the Orthodox Churches met in an atmosphere of warm cordiality and Christian brotherhood for four days at the guest house of the Patriarchal Residence at the Monastery, and experienced the gracious hospitality and kindness of the Coptic Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and his Church.
II- The Orthodox Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches have a clear feeling that they live in, and confess Jesus Christ in the same faith, that is fed continuously and uninterruptedly from the fatherly apostolic source of the early centuries.
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Eastern Churches depend originally on the Eastern Empire at Constantinople; they are those that either find their centre in the patriarchate of that city (since the centralization of the fourth century) or have been formed by schisms which in the first instance concerned Constantinople rather than the Western world.
The Syrian Jacobites are in communion with the Copts.
Eastern Church, 326); the ludicrous scandal at Monastir, in Macedonia, when they fought over a dead man's body and set the whole town ablaze because some wanted him to be buried in Greek and some in Rumanian (op.
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 Orthodox Eastern Church
Orthodox Eastern Church, community of Christian churches whose chief strength is in the Middle East and E Europe.
Eastern Christians who have returned to communion with the pope are called Eastern Catholics, or Uniates; in every respect apart from this obedience to Rome, they resemble their Orthodox counterparts.
Orthodox acceptance of the seven councils resulted in the exclusion from their communion, on grounds of heresy, of the Nestorian, Jacobite, Coptic, and Armenian churches; it also involves holding a sacramental doctrine of grace
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 Eastern Orthodox Christianity - ReligionFacts.com
Eastern Orthodoxy as a distinct branch of Christianity arose as a result of the first major divide in Christendom occurred in the 11th century with the "Great Schism" between East and West.
Major Orthodox churches include the Greek Orthodox Church, the Russian Orthodox Church, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the Church of Alexandria, the Church of Jerusalem, and the Orthodox Church in America.
The religious authority for Orthodox Christianity is not the Pope as in Catholicism, nor the individual Christian with his Bible as in Protestantism, but the scriptures as interpreted by the seven ecumenical councils of the church.
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The Orthodox, however, argue that this revelation is conveyed to the world not only through Scripture but also through Apostolic Tradition; that is, Christ entrusted the divine revelation to the apostles, and they entrusted it to the church, which became the custodian and the interpreter of revelation.
Orthodox scholar Timothy Ware (who at his ordination as an Orthodox priest in 1966 received the name Kallistos Ware), for instance, argues that the church must decide this issue because Scripture is not an authority set up over the church, but lives and is understood within the church.
The Orthodox view that Adam was a child and that his sin is to be understood merely as missing the road diminishes the gravity of sin and its consequences.
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 Eastern Orthoxoxy and the Four Marks of the Church TCRNews.com By James Likoudis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The fatal consequence of Eastern Orthodox rejection of the traditional fourfold marks of the Church as visible and outward signs of the true Church is the “mystical” spiritualization of each mark.
Eastern Orthodox writers are certainly correct in understanding “Apostolic” as the true Church teaching the same orthodox doctrine that was taught by the Apostles but, once again, the possession of “apostolic doctrine or teaching” can not serve as a visible mark.
The Eastern Orthodox are especially noted for declaring “orthodoxy” the one unfailing mark of the true Church.
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 The Eastern liturgical family of Christianity: the Orthodox Church
Nine countries where Eastern Orthodoxy is the dominant religious body: Bulgaria, Belarus, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Romania, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine.
Orthodox Church is often referred to as the Eastern Orthodox Church.
This is not strictly true, because not all Orthodox churches are eastern.
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 Eastern Orthodoxy
Eastern Orthodox have traditionally challenged this, either saying that the doctrine is inaccurate or, for those who believe that it is accurate, that the pope had no authority to insert this word into the creed (though it was later affirmed by an ecumenical council).
The Eastern Orthodox communion bases its teachings on Scripture and "the seven ecumenical councils"—I Nicaea (325), I Constantinople (381), Ephesus (431), Chalcedon (451), II Constantinople (553), III Constantinople (680), and II Nicaea (787).
One of the reasons the Eastern Orthodox do not claim to have had any ecumenical councils since II Nicaea is that they have been unable to agree on which councils are ecumenical.
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 Orthodox Eastern Church
Orthodox Eastern Church: Ritual and Liturgy - Ritual and Liturgy The ritual that developed at the patriarchate of Constantinople—known as...
Orthodox Eastern Church: Church Government - Church Government The old mode of government was the patriarchate (see patriarch), but now for the...
Orthodox Eastern Church: Relations with Rome and the West - Relations with Rome and the West The relations between the Orthodox and the Western Church have...
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 TCRNews.com, James Likoudis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Eastern Orthodox who engage in the same contestation and denial of a universal jurisdiction by the Pope over the entire Church betray the same "anti-Roman complex" which lies at the heart of all schism and heresy.
Whatever positive elements there are in Eastern Orthodox ecclesiology lead directly to a Catholic profession of faith in the divine prerogatives of the Successor of Peter as visible head of the Church Militant and the Rock of the entire visible Episcopate which succeeds to the place of the Apostles.
It is to be emphasized that the position of the Eastern Orthodox churches (whose called- for- Unity with the Catholic Church is one of the highest priorities in Pope John Paul II's pontificate) is quite different than that of most Protestants.
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The Roman Catholic Church and its twin, Eastern Orthodoxy, were formed by a spiritually adulterous relationship between the political empire and apostate church leaders.
Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy both claim direct descent from Christ and the Apostles, but that this claim is bogus is evident in their non-apostolic doctrines and practices.
According to Orthodox teaching, baptism (even of infants) is the means whereby an individual is born into Christ and becomes a Christian.
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 schism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The event of two groups of Christians ceasing to be in communion with each other, so that, whereas they formerly could worship together, they decide they must worship separately because of disagreements between them.
Any Christian communion or sect that has left the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Which church is the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church is disputed; the Catholic Communion claims that title and considers the Eastern Orthodox Communion to be in schism; the Eastern Orthodox Communion also claims that title and holds that the Catholic Communion is heretical.
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 HTC: Introduction to the Orthodox Church
The Orthodox church is a fellowship of administratively independent, or autocephalous (self-governing) local churches, united in faith, sacraments, and canonical discipline, each enjoying the right to elect its own head and its bishops.
Long repressed in the USSR and the Communist countries of Eastern Europe, it experienced renewed freedom with the removal of restrictions on religion during the Gorbachev era.
The Orthodox church accepts the early traditions of Christianity, including the same sacraments as the Roman Catholic church--although in the Orthodox church infants receive the Eucharist and confirmation--and the episcopate and the priesthood, understood in the light of APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION.
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 Patriarch of Constantinople   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In this capacity he is first in honor among all the Orthodox bishops, presides over any council of bishops in which he takes part and serves as primary spokesman for the communion, but has no jurisdiction over the other patriarchs or the other autocephalous Eastern Orthodox churches.
His titular position is Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople, one of the sixteen autocephalous churches and one of the five Christian centers comprising the ancient Pentarchy.
Within Roman Catholic administration, it was not until the Roman Catholic Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 that the Latin Patriarch of Constantinople was recognized as having such status; in 1439 the Council of Florence (not recognized by the Orthodox Church as ecumenical) gave it to the Greek patriarch.
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The technical name for the body of Christians who use the Byzantine Rite in various languages and are in union with the Patriarch of Constantinople but in schism with the Pope of Rome.
The Orthodox, then, are the Christians in the East of Europe, in Egypt and Asia, who accept the Councils of Ephesus and Chalcedon (are therefore neither Nestorians nor Monophysites), but who, as the result of the schisms of Photius (ninth cent.) and Cerularius (eleventh cent.), are not in communion with the Catholic Church.
These sixteen Churches are: (1) The four Eastern patriarchates — Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem — and the Church of Cyprus, independent since the Council of Ephesus.
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 Skopje, the City of International Solidarity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
(Eastern Orthodox Church is organically the same congregation -or ecclesia- which was born at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem on Pentecost.
Eastern Orthodox Christianity refers primarily to church traditions descending from the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium).
Catholics consider the Eastern Orthodox to be schismatics; the Eastern Orthodox consider Catholics to be both schismatics and heretics.
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 Are We in Communion with the Eastern Orthodox Church?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Are We in Communion with the Eastern Orthodox Church?
This is not accurate; although the Eastern Orthodox Churches have a valid Eucharist and all of the other Sacraments, we are not in Communion with them, unfortunately.
There are Eastern CATHOLIC Churches in existence that are mostly composed of formerly Orthodox Christians that adhere to Eastern Christian Liturgy and Traditions, but the good Father did not specify that.
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The stricter, catechetical definition of ‘Orthodox’ would narrow this to the Churches recognized by all the other Orthodox Churches as independent (self-headed or autocephalous, usually headed by a patriarch) and with whom they are in communion.
There are splinter groups that fall outside these strict parameters, like the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, an exile group formed after the Russian Revolution, and various Greek and other groups founded to protest the use of the Gregorian calendar by their countries’ Churches, but few people say they are not Orthodox.
The former once were Orthodox but partly on their own and partly due to Catholic proselytism broke their ties to their mother Churches and were put under the Pope starting in the 1500s.
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The Church is involved in dialogues with the Orthodox Churches on several levels.
In addition the Episcopal Church and the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the USA (which comprises the Greek, Russian, Syrian, Serbian, and other Orthodox Churches) both agreed to renew a local North American dialogue in 1991.
Dialogues between the Oriental Orthodox and Anglican Churches began officially in the mid-1980's; in 1991 the Episcopal General Convention called for parallel dialogues in the USA.
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 BOOK REVIEWS - A New Apologetical Study of the Church - by James Likoudis - March/April 2001 - Catholic Faith
Unlike Protestants, Eastern Orthodox writers agree (with Catholics) that the Church was indeed founded by Christ as one visible body, but, interestingly, claim the four marks of the Church for their own episcopal communion of 16 autocephalous and self-governing churches.
Ordinary folk are not capable of scholarly historical research or ransacking the writings of the Fathers or comparing Catholic with Orthodox saints, or puzzling over the sometimes confusing scholastic distinctions and divisions concerning the marks made by Catholic theologians.
There must be a less difficult way to determine which of these two communions of Bishops claiming totality of fidelity to the Apostolic Tradition of the Fathers, is, in fact, identical with the early Church.
www.catholic.net /RCC/Periodicals/Faith/2001-04/books.html   (1617 words)

 Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue: Light and Shadows by james Likoudis, TCRNews2.com, Traditional Catholic Reflections & ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Although these voices in the Orthodox world are significant ones, we do not believe that they represent the tradition and perennial teaching of the Orthodox Church on the subject of baptism…It is rather an eighteenth century innovation motivated by the particular historical circumstances operative in those times.
There may be individual Orthodox theologians who say that the anointing with chrism is not a repetition of the Sacrament of Chrismation but other theologians have no hesitancy in asserting that it is the Sacrament of Chrismation that is administered in the reception of converts from Catholicism.
There is a clear effort in the “Agreed Statement” by the signatories (both Catholic and Orthodox) to declare Photius’s doctrine as “representative of the Orthodox tradition” and identical with that of the entire Greek patristic tradition (which is not the case).
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 Cracking the Da Vinci Code - Too Many Bibles I: A Nestorian Canon Blows Apart Brown's Thesis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
This Bible is used in common by the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Communion.
This western view is not shared by the Eastern Orthodox, according to the forward of the "Orthodox New Testament," a New King James Version with study notes by scholars of the Eastern Orthodox Church in America.
The conviction of the orthodox Church is that the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Hebrew scriptures to which the intertestamental books were appended, is the received "Old Testament." They make no distinction in their theology of inspiration for the intertestamental books.
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