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p. 698. “One, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church”locked

  • A. Edward Siecienski


Since its beginning, Christianity has affirmed that believing in Christ necessarily meant belonging to a community of believers. For the Orthodox, the church is the assembly gathered together by Christ himself in order to be his ongoing presence in the world. ‘One, holy, Catholic, and Apostolic church’ describes how the model of collective leadership and decision-taking shown by the apostles became the norm for the Orthodox and explains the importance in Orthodoxy of the synodal principle. It also outlines the structure of the Orthodox church—fifteen self-governing churches, each ruled by a patriarch or metropolitan bishop—and describes its relations with other Christian groups, including the Roman Catholic church.

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