Skip to comments.Bartholomew’s Offensive Against “Localism” and “Self-Marginalisation”
Posted on 01/11/2014 11:07:24 AM PST by marshmallow
The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople has convoked the leaders of all Orthodox Churches to prepare for the 2015 Synod
The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, has convoked a surprise meeting of the patriarchs and archbishops of all the Orthodox Churches at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul this coming March. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the guidelines and time frame for the Preparatory Commission of the Pan-Orthodox Synod which is scheduled to take place in 2015. Nat da Polis revealed this in an article published by AsiaNews, in which he explains the underlying attempt on the part of Patriarch Bartholomew to bring the Orthodox Churches out of their isolation. Orthodox circles see this as an attempt to move beyond a self-marginalization born of a localist mentality that has characterized the Orthodox Churches in the modern era, partly because of a certain post- Ottoman filettism (nationalism), Da Polis writes. The meeting is intended as an opportunity for Constantinople to remind all Orthodox Churches that they cannot face the emergencies presented by globalisation without common initiatives.
By speeding up preparations for the Great and Holy Council, Bartholomew aims to reaffirm his positions as first among equals, among the other Orthodox Patriarchs that is. For decades the Orthodox world has been desperately trying to form an ecclesial axis to deal with the problems that the Orthodox Churches face in todays world. Backing Bartholomew is the Metropolitan of Pergamon, Ioannis Zizioulas, co-chairman of ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox considered by many to be the greatest living Christian theologian. He has been warning against the risk of introversion in the Orthodox world for a long time. He believes Orthodox Churches need a large-scale synodal event like the Catholic Churchs Second Vatican Council in order to avoid withdrawing into ghettos and becoming self-marginalised. In.........
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