Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Canonical Territory

Bishop Hilarion of Vienna told the interfax news service that he hoped for "serious and elaborate discussion" of the Moscow patriarchate's objections to the presence of four Catholic dioceses in Russia. The Orthodox patriarchate claims Russia as the "canonical territory" of the Orthodox Church.

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As the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Vienna, Austria-- historically a Catholic territory-- Archbishop Hilarion is himself an illustration of that point.

Always good times when Orthodox bishops in the West complain about Catholics being in Russia.

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