Orientalium Ecclesiarum 19

Our next five sections deal with “Divine Worship.” We start off with what seems to be a curiously-worded regulation on feast days:

It belongs only to an ecumenical council or to the Apostolic See to determine, transfer or suppress feast days common to all the Eastern Churches. On the other hand, to determine, transfer or suppress the feast days of any of the individual churches is within the competence not only of the Apostolic See but also of the patriarchal or archiepiscopal synod, due regard being had to the whole area and the other individual churches.(Cfr. S. Leo M., Litt. Quod saepissime, 15 apr. 454: Petitionem autem; S. Nicephorus CP., cap. 13; Syn. Sergii Patriarchae 18 sept. 1596; can. 17; Pius VI Litt. Ap. Assueto paterne, 8 apr. 1775; etc.)

Essentially, the patriarch or synod of archbishops may make determinations on liturgical feasts as well as Rome. Any comments? Why wouldn’t this work in the West?


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3 Responses to Orientalium Ecclesiarum 19

  1. Liam says:

    The notion of “archepiscopal synod” is referring to an office with higher rank than that of an archbishop in the Roman rite: essentially, these decisions are being made and the church-wide level. As is the case within our Roman rite…

    The idea that something is permitted in the Eastern churches and therefore why can’t we imitate it is one that often betrays some misunderstanding.

  2. Todd says:

    The point was that the organic development of other Western patriarchates has been stunted over the past 1300 years, don’t you think?

  3. Liam says:

    Todd

    Not so sure. The multitude of Eastern patriarchates, other than the original ancient ones, has more to do with meddling monarchs who wanted more local control over their churches (beginning in Bulgaria) via autocephaly. That the Roman church managed to fend that off is not a bad thing from a progressive perspective, and in that context I would not construe it as stunted but unstunted, perhaps…

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