Whenever I read theological works written by Roman Catholics I know that, as long as there is an "Imprimatur" from a legitimate Bishop, I can trust it to be official Catholic doctrine.

On the other hand, whenever I read contemporary Eastern Orthodox writings, I'm not 100% sure how to tell whether or not its trustworthy, or simply rogue theological opinion.

So far I've been clinging to anything recommended by St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary.

  • An imprimatur from a legitimate Catholic bishop does not ensure that the work is official Catholic doctrine; it only ensures that the work doesn't contradict official Catholic doctrine. So such a work could express opinions on questions that the Church has not officially decided. Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 18:31
  • In my previous comment, "it only ensures" should have been "it only intends to ensure". Even legitimate Catholic bishops might occasionally make a mistake. Commented May 1, 2014 at 21:45
  • Can you provide an example from a specific source as to where this has ever happened? That would be interesting...
    – user5286
    Commented May 1, 2014 at 22:37
  • No, I don't know specific examples. I added the second comment because I feared that my first comment sounded like a claim that an imprimatur is infallible, and I wouldn't want to make such a claim. Commented May 2, 2014 at 13:55

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Official Orthodox doctrine is covered by Orthodox Dogmatics. The good book on it is Orthodox dogmatic theology by protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky. All except written in the book, could not be treated as a real Orthodox Doctrine, but only as intepretations.

There are no simply rogue theological opinion in Orthodoxy, except that is condamned as a heresy on Councils: ecumenical, or local. There are the opinions that can talk about some things in Orthodox Dogmatics, that inagree with the main course, but not declared as a heresy. They called as individual theologic opinion.

One yet is. St. Nilus of Sinai said (in my retell): "We have the Creed, and for laic people it is enough to trust just in it".

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