Wednesday, December 22, 2010

St. John of San Francisco on the Ecumenical Patriarchate

I recently rediscovered a fascinating report by St. John (Maximovich) of San Francisco on the Constantinopolitan Orthodox Church given at the second All-Diaspora Council of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad in 1938. Among other things he highlights the Ecumenical Patriarchate's expansion into areas already possessing canonical hierarchies because of its losses in the Balkans and Anatolia and its innovations in supporting the 'Living Church' schism in Russia and introducing the Gregorian calendar. The report was delivered as part of a general survey of the state of the various Local Orthodox Churches at the time. The full report can be found here.

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