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What do the Orthodox Ecumenists have to tell us?

An Orthodox hierarch had proclaimed that the Holy Spirit prevails during each and every Christian baptism and that the re-baptizing of heterodox Christians by the Orthodox is inspired by narrow-mindedness, fanaticism and religious is an injustice towards the Christian baptism and indeed a blaspheming of the Holy Spirit[i]!

            Another hierarch had claimed to certain heterodox that:  We are all members of Christ; the one and only body, the one and only new creation, since our common baptism has freed us from death[ii].

            Ecumenist ecclesiology was also expressed by Orthodox lips, in the following way:  It is our duty to be prepared to acknowledge the presence of the Church, even beyond our own canonical boundaries, to which we attribute the one, holy, catholic (overall) and apostolic Church.[iii].

            But there are some other, even bolder ones, who have envisioned the re-founding of the Church, through the unification of all Christians.  An Orthodox hierarch asserted that: we are in need of a new Christianity, which will be based entirely on new perceptions and terms. We cannot preach the religion that we received, to the coming generations[iv].

[i] Mag. Illuminator, Summer 1995, Pittsburgh, USA.

[ii] Mag. , No. 370, p. 9, Geneva 1987.

[iii] Mag. , No. 260, . 13-14, Geneva 1981.

[iv] News Paper of Athens , 5-10-1967.


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