On Phyletism

Synod of Constantinople 1872

We renounce, censure and condemn racism, that is racial discrimination, ethnic feuds, hatreds and dissensions within the Church of Christ, as contrary to the teaching of the Gospel and the holy canons of our blessed fathers which “support the holy Church and the entire Christian world, embellish it and lead it to divine godliness.”

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  1. This is quite something coming from Constantinople, at the beginning of the condemnation of Bulgaria as ‘schismatic,’ which lasted until 1944. The Patriarchate of Constantinople also practiced ethnic discrimination on Athos throughout much of the 20th century. This accusation does not come from ‘extremist Old Calendarists,’ but from a scholarly work on Athos published by ‘The Friends of Mount Athos.’ It is also questionable in the light of Constantinople’s evident desire to becone the Papacy of Orthodoxy as well as it’s current scheme for “jurisdiction over everywhere,” except the traditionally Orthodox countries.

  2. Michael,

    I agree with you completely. I still think the condemnation is sound and perhaps Constantinople has fallen under it on occasion.

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