In the context of the ecumenical movement, it was a mistake for the Orthodox to put themselves forward as “the church of the Fathers” and as one of the so-called “ancient churches.” Such designations allowed the Orthodox to be marginalized.

Even outside the context of the ecumenical movement, I think a kenotic approach is truer and more fruitful. Do we have the courage to let go of such designations so that we can embrace the One who emptied himself?

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