Leadership Requires Responsiblity

John Couretas has an interesting post on the AOI blog “Greek lobby: Bartholomew leads U.S. church into ‘canonical normalization‘.”  As always John is worth reading both for the facts of the matter and his analysis.

Reading the post, I had a thought or two of my own that I posted at AOI and thought I would share here as well.

While I’m willing to entertain the kind of primacy for the Ecumenical Patriarchate (EP) that some want him to have, it seems to me that assuming leadership in the “Diaspora” requires at least two things:

(1) Here in America tangibly demonstrate  that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA) can and will make room for non-Greek Orthodox Christian (both individually and as parishes).  Yes, non-Greeks can, and do, join a GOA parish but those parish are (to a greater or lesser degree) always GREEK parishes. It is one thing to have separate ethnic dioceses (Ukrainian and Carpatho-Russian) as the EP here in America but it is another thing to integrate these other ethnic groups in to the GOA as equal members. The former is smacks of separate but equally; the latter will require the surrender of Greek ethnic identity as normative for the GOA.

(2) Claiming leadership in the Diaspora seems to me to require also the humble acceptance and acknowledgment that the EP is also responsible for the failures of the Diaspora. The EP can’t simply come in and take over without accepting responsibility for the mess made by neglect and/or mismanagement. Responsible leadership is more than simply declaring victory.

As always, your comments, questions and criticism are not only welcome, they are actively sought.

In Christ,

+Fr Gregory

Greek lobby: Bartholomew leads U.S. church into ‘canonical normalization’
Greek lobby: Bartholomew leads U.S. church into ‘canonical normalization’ | AOI Observer (22 October 2009)

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  • Chrys

    Both are important comments.
    The GOA churches may be open to “others” but do not cede the centrality of their identity. In that sense, the terms of communion are non-negotiable.
    Second, and more important, IF the EP wishes to claim authority, he must indeed accept the responsibility that goes with it. If we grant his position, there is an awful lot to answer for.
    Of course, we already have plenty of folks who claim authority but renounce responsibility; they’re called politicians.
    Then again, if we grant his position, we must accept, per canon 28, that we are barbarians. (Hold on while I get my bearskin shirt and horned hat.)
    Oh wait, I’ve been hearing from quite a few factions across the globe – amost always with a distinctly disapproving demeanor – that WE are THE Empire. As I recall, that was pretty much the basis for granting the EP authority oh-so-many centuries ago. (So . . . where’s our Patriarchate?)

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    Both are important comments.
    The GOA churches may be open to “others” but do not cede the centrality of their identity. In that sense, the terms of communion are non-negotiable.
    Second, and more important, IF the EP wishes to claim authority, he must indeed accept the responsibility that goes with it. If we grant his position, there is an awful lot to answer for.
    Of course, we already have plenty of folks who claim authority but renounce responsibility; they’re called politicians.
    Then again, if we grant his position, we must accept, per canon 28, that we are barbarians. (Hold on while I get my bearskin shirt and horned hat.)
    Oh wait, I’ve been hearing from quite a few factions across the globe – amost always with a distinctly disapproving demeanor – that WE are THE Empire. As I recall, that was pretty much the basis for granting the EP authority oh-so-many centuries ago. (So . . . where’s our Patriarchate?)

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    Both are important comments.
    The GOA churches may be open to “others” but do not cede the centrality of their identity. In that sense, the terms of communion are non-negotiable.
    Second, and more important, IF the EP wishes to claim authority, he must indeed accept the responsibility that goes with it. If we grant his position, there is an awful lot to answer for.
    Of course, we already have plenty of folks who claim authority but renounce responsibility; they’re called politicians.
    Then again, if we grant his position, we must accept, per canon 28, that we are barbarians. (Hold on while I get my bearskin shirt and horned hat.)
    Oh wait, I’ve been hearing from quite a few factions across the globe – amost always with a distinctly disapproving demeanor – that WE are THE Empire. As I recall, that was pretty much the basis for granting the EP authority oh-so-many centuries ago. (So . . . where’s our Patriarchate?)

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    Both are important comments.
    The GOA churches may be open to “others” but do not cede the centrality of their identity. In that sense, the terms of communion are non-negotiable.
    Second, and more important, IF the EP wishes to claim authority, he must indeed accept the responsibility that goes with it. If we grant his position, there is an awful lot to answer for.
    Of course, we already have plenty of folks who claim authority but renounce responsibility; they’re called politicians.
    Then again, if we grant his position, we must accept, per canon 28, that we are barbarians. (Hold on while I get my bearskin shirt and horned hat.)
    Oh wait, I’ve been hearing from quite a few factions across the globe – amost always with a distinctly disapproving demeanor – that WE are THE Empire. As I recall, that was pretty much the basis for granting the EP authority oh-so-many centuries ago. (So . . . where’s our Patriarchate?)

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