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  • noun Christianity The state wherein a church's leaders have severed ties from a larger body and thus no longer report to a higher authority.


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  • That's autocephaly -- meaning a self-governing church that doesn't answer to an authority overseas. - News

  • "When the time comes for that autocephaly, then the vision that we were given in 1970 will be fulfilled in something much greater than we are ourselves," he said. - News

  • In point of fact, all autocephalous church accept the canonicity of the OCA, while only the Churches of Russia, Georgia, and Bulgaria accept its autocephaly.


  • Many of those overseas churches had squelched talk of autocephaly for their mission dioceses in places such as the Americas and Australia. - News

  • Oikonomos was in favor, however, of the canonical proclamation of Greek autocephaly (something achieved in 1850 through his involvement), so that the spiritual ties of the Orthodox peoples of the Ottoman Empire with their Spiritual and Ethnarchic Center be preserved.


  • This picture of Constantinopolitan uber-autocephaly can only be sustained by a carefully constructed historical myth, made up of equal parts fabrication and omission.


  • As noted, it was another council which elevated the dioceses of Constantinople and Jerusalem to patriarchal status (and hence, autocephaly) and it was a local decision that allowed the see of Antioch to grant autocephaly to the Church of Iberia (Georgia) almost fifteen hundred years ago.


  • Russia, because of its distance from the Sublime Porte became autonomous in both deed and in law. 20 Antioch, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, never had their autocephaly officially rescinded and became dependencies of Constantinople.


  • If the autocephaly of Constantinople and Jerusalem was posterior to, and dependent upon, conciliar decisions, by what right then does Constantinople claim the sole prerogative to grant autocephaly?


  • C. Oikonomos was the principal opponent of the coup d 'état autocephaly of the Church of Greece (the work of the Bavarians in 1833), which, by the forceful severing of the Church of Greece from the Ecumenical Patriarchate which at that time was also the Ethnarchic Center of the Orthodox countries in the Balkans, signaled the beginning of the Western Powers' dissolution of the '' Romaic Ethnarchy. ''



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