Posts Tagged ‘Ecumenical Patriarchate’

Just last week, the “fellowship” in Hong Kong associated with Archpriest Dionisy Pozdnyaev, which I believe includes both ex-patriates and Chinese, was formally reactivated as a parish by the Moscow Patriarchal Synod, 36 years after its closure following the repose of its last pastor.  Many years to the new parish and its new rector, Fr. Dionisy!

This year has also seen the first public ministry since the Cultural Revolution, by China’s last two surviving native clergy, to whom God also grant Many Years!  This article,* I believe copied from HK’s South China Morning Post (scroll down for English), depicts the Priest Michael Wang up top hearing a confession, and the Deacon Evangel Lu beneath taking part in the Great Entrance of the Divine Liturgy (analogous to the Offertory Procession in Latin-Rite Masses).  The article notes that Fr. Michael and Fr. Deacon Evangel have applied to the Communist government for permission to resume regular ministry to Chinese on Chinese soil (as opposed to in Russian diplomatic facilities as they did at Pentecost).  Also, that even the PRC is seeing conversions to Orthodoxy from Protestantism.

And I read earlier this year somewhere that the new Greek Metropolitan of Hong Kong, NECTARIOS, wants to extend ministry to Greek mariners in (other) Chinese port cities.  I note that Greece has a consulate in Shanghai; IIUC PRC law would allow them to hold services there regularly for non-Chinese, as in the Russian diplomatic facilities.

(It’s true that Moscow and Constantinople dispute canonical jurisdiction in Communist China, between the MP’s Church of China [50 years Autonomous], straitened since the Cultural Revolution but not dead and now rebounding, and the EP’s Metropolis of HK and Southeast Asia, set up in 1996 to care for Diaspora Orthodox and evangelize from Afghanistan eastward.  [This year the EP Metropolis’ western and southern countries were set off as the Metropolis of Singapore.])

(*–On Fr. Dionisiy’s blog.)

This news release from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople) announces a recent agreement between the Jerusalem and Constantinople Patriarchates ceding the JP’s claims of jurisdiction in the United States to the latter.  Its parishes here will form a vicariate directly under the jurisdiction of the Greek Archbishop of America, seemingly similar in many ways to Constantinople’s other non-Greek groups here, but without the status of a diocese or full “jurisdiction” of its own like them.  As they highlight that this will have the effect of bringing the JP’s Church here under the SCOBA umbrella (but without distinct representation on SCOBA), that will leave only the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) apart from it, among “canonical” Orthodox jurisdictions based here in the States.

Orthodoxwiki discusses the JP here, on this page, and links to a new page of theirs about the new Vicariate.*  A couple years ago I thought I read that, objecting to talk of the GOA absorbing breakaway Antiochian parishes (as discussed on Orthodoxwiki), the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America temporarily put the breaks on SCOBA Primates’ meetings.  But I lack complete information on this point.  SCOBA meetings have resumed since that time.

I have also read that the GOA does include a handful of parishes defined by Orthodox ethnicity other than Greek, including Romanian.  I don’t know the history there either.

(*–The small Belarusan “Council” of parishes that Orthodoxwiki continues to list in the present tense disappeared from GOA/EP information products – website, printed directory – some time in the last couple years.  I don’t know what happened to them, if anything.)

Si Cristo ay nabuhay!  Siya nga ay nabuhay!

The position of this blog with regard to conflict among overlapping jurisdictions and “claims” of jurisdiction – in The Philippines, in North America, anywhere – is to discuss it as factually as I know, as necessary for the information of inquirers, to take it into account as much as my meager knowledge permits, to hope and pray for Orthodox brotherhood / sisterhood and Unity and for our evangelization of non-Orthodox, and to not participate in such conflict itself if at all possible.

I’m glad to help with “rumor control” and to help smooth ruffled feathers.  But this really cannot become a forum for such conflict itself, since this is not a general Orthodoxy blog or forum, but specifically for evangelization.  There is no shortage of fora for conflict, elsewhere.  This is why I have exercised Moderation, and will continue to do so.

As conflict-averse as I am as a human being – one of my “issues,” perhaps! – I concede that conflict over jurisdictional claims implicitly recognizes that Orthodox Unity is in accordance with Holy Tradition, “one bishop in each place.”  Whatever has been worked-out between Antioch and Constantinople regarding The Philippines has not reached me here in America yet.  In any case, there are overlapping claims of jurisdiction not only in The Philippines, but in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore IIUC, Indonesia, China, Korea, Japan, the Americas, Western and Central Europe, Estonia, Moldova, Russia, the Arabian Peninsula, perhaps even Constantinople (Istanbul) itself.

ISTM true Orthodox rejoice in souls coming to The Orthodox Church, in souls uprooted from ancestral homelands managing to retain The Orthodox Faith, and pray for ever more of the All-Holy Spirit of God to guide the Church and her leaders “from glory to glory,” that He “calm the dissensions of the churches and the raging of the nations,” that we might increasingly radiate God’s Glory / Energies / Activities / Attributes as individuals and as Christ’s Body.

May God have Mercy on me.