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Competing jurisdictions make sense until Orthodox figure out what it means to be American Orthodox. I'm patient.

Orthodox societies have been organized as republics and limited monarchies, but the more absolutist governments are the ones that have been more visible and therefore thought to be more characteristic of Orthodox simfonia. Gee, how come I don't feel flattered by that caricature?

Aristocracy and big business are precisely the characters that have pushed for regulation to exclude competition from scrappy arrivistes. Free markets impose the responsibility on the aristocracy and established businesses of defending their societal position through competition. Keeping wealth requires work. Don't believe me? Ask the Rockefeller Family Office whether its hands are full managing the assets.

Yes, they are separate issues. But in these current unification discussions, independence is the subtext.

"One jurisdiction." The "one" part is something that no one can dispute. But "jurisdiction" is another thing altogether, since the meaning of this word is ambiguous. Does it just mean "administration," that is, of programs and institutions?

Or does it go beyond the conventional meanings and reach toward more traditional (and apostolic) understandings. How about unity in apostolicity? A jurisdiction that is one in catechism, prayer and mission?

Independence and a single jurisdiction are surely separate issues. Whether and to what extent the church should be independent means little to me. But it is very important that it come under one jurisdiction.

well said. May God bless America!

Wonderfully said, Father. Thank you.

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