Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Eastern churches
On ethnic Jewish (and sometimes gentile) Christian Russian immigrants to Palestine
• Does the RCs’ sending Russian- and Ukrainian-speaking priests to them violate the (admittedly unofficial and nonbinding) Balamand agreement (the goal is corporate reunion, not poaching at the other side’s expense) or are these people unchurched and thus fair game?
• Do the missionary priests wholly adopt and thus honour the people’s native, Orthodox tradition? (Historically such activity usually hasn’t in practice.)
• Don’t needlessly piss off the Orthodox!

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