PROPERLY RECEPTIONS


A person is properly received in the Church in the way the Church (in the person of the local ruling hierarch) consider appropriate.

The Church binds and the Church loose, a privilege directly from the Lord.
If the bishop is wrong (lacking the presuppositions for oikonomia), the bishop will give account. The person will belong to the Church no less.

Therefore, while her feelings are understandable, Marina’s conduct has been improper.
To rule the house does not belong to the son or to the daughter, but to the master of the house.
To come to the Church to be pleased in your feelings means that you come with pride. A very wrong start!

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