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|Bartholomew of Constantinople|
Homily in Church of Virgin Mary at Neohorion on Bosphorus
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Not only have we not envisioned the Ecumenical Patriarchate as a second Vatican or tried to transform it into such, but, on the contrary, we have stated on numerous occasions, that even if such an idea were proposed to us we would reject is as being contradictory tot he ecclesiology and tradition of the Orthodox Church. The Ecumenical Patriarchate does not wish to become a state. I wishes to remain only a Church -- a Church, however, which is free and respected by everyone -- only a religious and spiritual institution, teaching, edifying, serving pan-anthropic ideals, civilizing and preaching love and peace in every direction. The Ecumenical Patriarchate belongs to the Church which was founded by the God of love, whose peace "surpasses all understanding" (Phil. 4:7). We "pursue what makes for peace" (Rom. 14:19). We believe that "God is love" (1 Jn. 4:16). which is why we are not afraid: "perfect love casts out of fear" (1 Jn. 4:18).
We close with the admonishment of the Apostle Paul, which we heard in the beginning of today's epistle reading: "Brethren, be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love" (1 Cor. 16:13-14).
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