Sunday, April 10, 2011

Antioch - Canon 14

If a bishop shall be tried on any accusations, and it should then happen that the bishops of the province disagree concerning him, some pronouncing the accused innocent, and others guilty; for the settlement of all disputes, the holy Synod decrees that the metropolitan call on some others belonging to the neighboring province, who shall add their judgment and resolve the dispute, and thus, with those of the province, confirm what is determined.

This canon recognized that the local church should be administering its own affairs, but there may be times when the council of others is needed in order to proceed on an issue.  This is not a sign of failure but recognizing a shortcoming in experience.  Wisdom recognizes when help is needed and sought.  This in no way removes the place or responsibility of the local church leaders for they will be held responsible in the final decision.

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