27 June 2007

Patriarch still 'Ecumenical'?

A few years ago an Ontario provincial court claimed the competence to judge what is and is not Catholic doctrine. Now a top Turkish court has ruled that the Ecumenical Patriarch's use of the title ecumenical has no legal standing. Will the Patriarchate now follow the unwelcome precedent of its Jerusalem counterpart and allow itself to be hamstrung by the country's political rulers? Or will it defy precedent and declare that a government has no jurisdiction over ecclesiastical titles?

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