Gabriel Sanchez writes
Preparations for next year’s “Great and Holy Council” have not been running smoothly as of late, as evidenced by the Russian Orthodox Church’s recent decision to reject one of the Council’s preparatory documents (H/T Byzantine Texas). The document in question, “The Orthodox Church’s Contribution to the Triumph of Peace, Justice, Freedom, Brotherhood and Love among Nations and to the Elimination of Racial and Other Forms of Discrimination,” sounds like a parody of something produced by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (or perhaps it sounds exactly like something produced by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace). Why the Russian Church rejected it remains a mystery. The cynic in me suspects it has something to do with ensuring that the Moscow Patriarchate’s “Blood-and-Soil Ecclesiology” remains unscathed. The optimist hopes that the Russians may have seen such a statement as sowing the seeds of indifferentism and empty headed ecumenism and decided to put a stop to it. [emphasis added]
I’m in favor of a certain amount of blood-and-soil ecclesiology myself–maybe that’s something Catholics could learn from our “separated brothers” to the East–and I’m grateful to the Russians for whatever reason they did it. With a comical name like that, we all know what the content must have been like.
Eastern Orthodox: look at what aggiornamento did to us. Learn from our folly. Save yourselves!
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