"Let unity, the greatest good of all goods, be your preoccupation." - St. Ignatius of Antioch (Letter to St. Polycarp)

Friday, June 26, 2009

"What will it take for a true ecumenical reconciliation?"

Metropolitan Jonah calls for Full Communion With New Anglican Province

Speaking on Wednesday morning to the ACNA Assembly, His Beatitude, Jonah, Metropolitan of All America and Canada and leader of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), called for a "full... intercommunion" with the Anglican Church in North America. "What will it take," he asked, "for a true ecumenical reconciliation? That is what I am seeking by being with you today." (Read the rest of the article).

H/T: Michael F. Bird


Jeffrey Pinyan said...

Would you say there is difficulty (for Orthodox-Catholic unity) created by the fact that some Orthodox Churches recognize Anglican orders as valid?

I don't mean to start trouble, it's just that "intercommunion" to me sounds like both sides recognize a valid Eucharist in the other.

Bryan Cross said...


Good question. I don't know how the Orthodox would work that out. There might need to be some 'conditional [re]ordinations'. My previous Anglo-Catholic bishop claimed to have Anglican and Orthodox orders.

In the peace of Christ,

- Bryan

George Weis said...

Hey Brian,

What will be done on the case of the filioque clause? Seems as though Metropolitan Jonah is holding fast to keeping it out of there. Is there anything out there where we catch the dialogue on the issue between Rome and Constantinople in these councils that have been held?



Bryan Cross said...


That too is a good question. I haven't seen anything of the sort you are asking about, on the filioque. The recent work (and this Fall's work) has been on the role of the bishop of Rome. That may be more fundamental than the filioque. Let's continue to pray for reconciliation and reunion.

In the peace of Christ,

- Bryan