Ecumenism

If one Patriarch refuses to commemorate or commune with another because of a power struggle – eg, Jerusalem and Antioch – how long before that excommunication (which is what it is) becomes Schism?

If one synod declares another invalid – eg, ROCOR and Moscow – how long before that Schism becomes irreparable?

Rome : Constantinople :: ROCOR : Moscow Patriarchate 

We are sisters who don’t talk to each other: not different churches.  The Church is one.

I get that we don’t commemorate or commune one with another yet.  But I pray that will end.  The Church is one. We just don’t all talk to each other.  The east lung doesn’t know what the west lung is doing.  Nearly biblical.

I know it upsets our bullied-little-brother/victim attitude to say so, as well as our traditional, American Anti-Romanism, but yeah: them’s us in them thar churches.  We just gotta get over our issues. The Church is one.  It’s also more than a bit dysfunctional.

Author: Huw Richardson

A Dominican Tertiary living in San Francisco, CA. He has worked in tech (mostly) since 1999 and enjoys cooking, keto, cats, long urban hikes, and SF Beer Week.