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Father,

Someone has pointed out that it could be interpreted to mean that the Ecumenial Patriarch is temporarily "holding" the Greek Orthodox in Western Europe until such time as he can hand them over to the Pope. I don't think I buy into that interpretation but I can see that it can be read into the words.

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I haven't heard of the EP officially endorsing this assertion anywhere, so I suspect it is just an opportunistic ploy on the part of the Western Exarchate to win points at court. As much as they like to compromise the faith in the ecumenical circus, the EP seems to enjoy being rigorous and invoking canons against fellow Orthodox when it comes to territorial concerns.

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I haven't heard of the EP officially endorsing this assertion anywhere, so I suspect it is just an opportunistic ploy on the part of the Western Exarchate to win points at court.
Correct. It is a "legal fiction" made necessary by the theory of the case.

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