Saturday, December 15, 2012

Theophylact: Bulgaria's Highest Ecclesiastical Authority is its own Archbishop

.. for what relations are there between the Church of Bulgaria and the Patriarch of Constantinople? None at all. Constantinople possess neither right of ordination, nor any other rights, in Bulgaria. Bulgaria recognizes only its own archbishop as its head. Theophylact, The Life of Blessed Theophylact (from the Russian edition, Blagovestnik, Vol. 1, pp. 3-13) in The Explanation of the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Galatians, Chrysostom Press (House Springs, Missouri 2011), quoting from an unspecified writing of Theophylact, section trans. Johnson and Shawki, p. xviii