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Chapter 3 Problems faced by Orthodoxy vis-à-vis ecumenism
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Problems faced by Orthodoxy vis-à-vis ecumenism
Having explored separately and in some detail in the first two chapters the concepts and realities of Orthodoxy/the Orthodox Church and ecumenism from the vantage point of ecumenical engagement, we will attempt now, in this third chapter, to address the interaction between these two realities, more specifically the way the Orthodox Church perceives ecumenism, its position vis-à-vis ecumenism, and its understanding of itself in relation to other Christian communities.
Since the Orthodox relation to ecumenism is so often referred to as a ‘problem’ or ‘crisis’, this predicament will now be examined alongside the Orthodox rationale that stands behind it. That is, the Orthodox Church’s view of itself as the ‘one, holy and catholic’ Church, and the implications such a position has for the way in which other Christians are perceived by the Orthodox.
‘We, the Orthodox’, writes Romanian priest and scholar Ioan Sauca, director of the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey, Geneva,
might continue to affirm that the Orthodox Church is the Una Sancta as it has kept more integrally the fullness of the apostolic faith throughout the centuries. But in order to be faithful, coherent and accountable to our theology, we must have the courage to say that the other churches of the WCC fellowship, as they came together in fellowship by fully accepting and affirming the council’s theological ← 121 | 122 → basis, are...
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