IS PRINCE CHARLES ALREADY SECRETLY AN ORTHODOX CHR…

IS PRINCE CHARLES ALREADY SECRETLY AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN?

His father, Prince Philip, was born into the Greek Orthodox Church, and I believe converted to the Churches of England and Scotland around the time he married then-Princess Elizabeth, the current Queen. If the monks of Mt. Athos, Greece, “hint” that His Royal Highness has partaken of the Orthodox Holy Mysteries (“sacraments”) – they who take Orthodoxy very strictly, and oppose even “false union” with the Oriental Churches (aka “Monophysite”) some say are so close to us Orthodox – it would almost have to be totally kopacetic vis a vis the Orthodox Church, Church laws and Holy Tradition. After all, this is the tradition that almost laid down its life to prevent a ‘mere’ fourth marriage for a fully Orthodox Byzantine Emperor! Orthodox DO NOT practice “open communion” with authorization, and these monks are normally the least likely to so authorize, short of an actual (deathbed or otherwise) conversion.

And if “direct inquiries” are met with loud silence…. (This link also discusses ‘So what.’)

UPDATE: This well-informed Orthodox priest in Britain points to the only Orthodox rite a ‘non-Orthodox’ could partake of: Enrollment as a Catechumen. OF COURSE! Although I’m not so sure even Mt. Athos would insist on rebaptizing an Anglican…though it’s possible if HRH met with a really-hard-core priest or abbot…OR if they turned to this as a way to ‘do something’ without requiring him to officially and completely leave the C of E. If my memory of Early Church History is right, someone who dies a catechumen is considered to be ‘in the Church,’ even short of Baptism or Chrismation (“confirmation”).

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