Life of the Church Today
The word "diaspora" is used often to describe the non-Patriarchal countries including the United States. Fr. Steven unpacks that word and talks about the controversial Canon 28 of the Fourth Ecumenical Council as it relates to Orthodox jurisdiction.
Dear friends, I can think of no more contentious issue among the hierarchies of the Orthodox world than the so-called Diaspora. Diaspora, of course, is a Greek word that has its origins in the Septuagint, or Greek translation of the Old Testament. This version of the Bible enjoys unofficial, if traditional, status in the Orthodox Church, and gets its name, “Seventy,” from the legend of 70 Jewish scholars who completed the translation around the second…