After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


Jurisdictional Ecumenism

A definition of jurisdictional ecumenism as expressed informally by the editor of NFTU, a jurisdictional ecumenist news website

April  2009
Posted by Dcn Joseph Suaiden MondayApril 13, 2009

"...Think of the ROCOR before this wonderful union ... as the ship guided by the Holy Canons, and all of a sudden she veers off path to an unscheduled port.  A pirate hangout, if you will, or a well-known den of well-armed thieves.  People are jumping off and hitting the lifeboats, smaller, but safer.  Whether ROAC, ROCiE, ROCiE-A, ROCOR-A, the RTOC, and RusOC, the Greek or othe OldCalendarists, everyone's on a lifeboat and telling the poor blighted fools to jump off the ship as it is now getting hujacked.  (It has since been pillages and put on an auction block for sale..)

NFTU's policy in dealing with all the True Orthodoc Churches is to support 'everyone on the lifeboats'. and not a particular one..." 

from Joanna's notepad:

The premise of jurisdictional ecumenism is that none of the groups that come out from ROCOR are schismatic or uncanonical:  All are valid, and all they need to do is acknowledge each other's validity and to unite either creating one whole new Church or as sister Churches in communion with each other.  This premise is actually the opposite of what each of the groups believe, since to each of them no other group is canonical except their own. 

Each of the groups believing they are the only canonical group is a characteristic of the super-correct.  But it is actually closer to the truth than jurisdictional ecumenism,  because "the Church is One" and can not be divided.  Only one of the groups can be the true One.  And at the same time, one of them has to be the true One.

So, then, which is the One?

It is not quite accurate to say "the ship guided by the Holy Canons".  The Church is guided by the Holy Spirit.   Logic (human reasoning) drowns out the ability to recognize the Church in spirit.  The canons do not guide the Church so much as they are "carried" by Her, same as with the Bible.  Trying to find the true Church by figuring out which one is following the canons the best is sure to fail.  Because following the canons does not make a true Church.    Following canons is a characteristic, a result, of a true Church.

So, then, how to learn to recognize the Church in spirit.  Seek first the Kingdom.  Only God can show you the truth hiding in this sea of lies we live in.

   Satan has hidden Christianity among false religions.
   Satan has hidden Orthodoxy among false Christianities.
   Satan has hidden "true" Orthodoxy among false Orthodoxies.
and now:
   Satan is hiding God's One Holy Church Militant among divided "true" Orthodoxies.
This latter is being called:  jurisdictional ecumenism.


There exists a certain unity among the so-called "true" Orthodox churches that does not include Holy Communion.  One unofficial spokesman for the Milan synod has even been reported as saying, off record, that for the "trues" to be in communion is not necessary, because they are united by a common purpose, i.e., anti-ecumenism.

Yes, there is a unity there.  It is a certain kind of unofficial old calendar "club" [into which the Milan Synod desires to be accepted ].   But the old calendar can no longer be used as a guide for determining "true".  After all, the KGB-run Moscow Patriarch  and the Soviet-front Milan synod both use the old calendar.  So do some OCA parishes, and Platina – both in world-orthodoxy.

We can see that this invisible unity is a fact, but this unity is not of a holy spirit.  Instead, it is of the same spirit that unites the heterodox denominations.

1 comment:

Joanna Higginbotham said...

I am accused of being a fanatic who does not want the fragments to unite.

I do not see us as fragmented, although that is a convenient term, it does not express accurately what I see.

I see our Church still whole. Always whole. Small, but whole. Those who left Her, left. But She never became less whole because of those that left.

The fragments have gone their own way - they have become what Fr. Seraphim Rose identified as the "super-correct". If any of them return, then praise God! But we do not need them to be whole. We remain whole whether they return or not. Sad, but still whole.

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