Autonomy

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'''Autonomy''' (literally, "self-ruled") is the status of a church within the [[Orthodox Church]] whose [[primate|primatial]] [[bishop]] is confirmed by one of the [[autocephaly|autocephalous]] Orthodox Churches.  In all other respects, an autonomous church is entirely self-governing.  There are currently six autonomous churches within the [[Orthodox Church]]: the [[Church of Sinai]], the [[Church of Finland]], the [[Church of Japan]], the [[Church of Ukraine]], the [[Church of Estonia]], and the [[Church of China]].
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'''Autonomy''' (literally, "self-ruled") is the status of a church within the [[Orthodox Church]] whose [[primate|primatial]] [[bishop]] is confirmed by one of the [[autocephaly|autocephalous]] Orthodox Churches.  In all other respects, an autonomous church is entirely self-governing.  There are currently seven autonomous churches within the [[Orthodox Church]]: the [[Church of Sinai]], the [[Church of Finland]], the [[Church of Japan]], the [[Church of Ukraine]], the [[Church of Estonia]], the [[Church of China]] and Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.
  
  

Revision as of 13:26, November 15, 2005

Autonomy (literally, "self-ruled") is the status of a church within the Orthodox Church whose primatial bishop is confirmed by one of the autocephalous Orthodox Churches. In all other respects, an autonomous church is entirely self-governing. There are currently seven autonomous churches within the Orthodox Church: the Church of Sinai, the Church of Finland, the Church of Japan, the Church of Ukraine, the Church of Estonia, the Church of China and Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.


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