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L’autocéphalie revisitée : les quêtes d’indépendance ecclésiastique dans les espaces soviétique et post-soviétique

Abstract : In the Soviet Union the processes of ecclesiastical independence were embedded in a threefold context: forced secularization by the atheist state, relations between nations within the Soviet Empire, and geopolitical antagonism between East and West. After the fall of the Soviet Union, territorial changes, increased competition between the patriarchates of Moscow and Constantinople, as well as new relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the State, revived both the processes of autonomization and the affirmation of Moscow’s sovereignty over the patriarchate of Constantinople. Autocephaly has increasingly become a notion reinterpreted according to political circumstances, by politicians and by religious leaders alike. The churches were unable to reach a consensus before the Pan-Orthodox Council of Crete in June 2016. And it is partly the vagueness of the legal definition of the term that has caused the proliferation of self-proclaimed autocephalies.
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Kathy Rousselet. L’autocéphalie revisitée : les quêtes d’indépendance ecclésiastique dans les espaces soviétique et post-soviétique. Marie-Hélène Blanchet; Frédéric Gabriel. Autocéphalies. L’exercice de l’indépendance dans les Églises slaves orientales (IXe-XXIe siècle), Ecole française de Rome, pp.495 - 520, 2021, 9782728314539. ⟨10.4000/books.efr.10643⟩. ⟨hal-03393367⟩

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