Friday, April 27, 2012
Church Discipline and Pastoral Practice
Over at Byzantine Texas there is a post up on recent developments in the Orthodox Church here in N. America that in my opinion is worth taking note of. See here. The problem of often sharply differing disciplines on a wide range of pastoral subjects is one of the byproducts of our balkanized jurisdictionalism here in the United States and Canada. I don't obsess over uniformity the way Catholics tend to. But the degree of divergence in practice, and the abuses that the current system is susceptible to, are a legitimate problem. If they accomplish little else, the Bishop's Assembly will have done a great service for the church if they can get that mess under some sort of control.