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Downgrading Orthodox unity.

This piece, on Patriarch Bartholomew’s exhortation to the new Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America, notes that work for unity among Orthodox jurisdictions in America is competely – I’m tempted to say pointedly – ignored, though there’s a lot about building relationships with academies and other religions.

This is understandable, since Constantinople’s only view of unity is for all the Orthodox faithful in the “barbarian lands” to be absorbed under Constantinope’s mantle. That’s not going to happen, so it seems that any work for unity will probably have to proceed without Constantinople’s help.