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Who is the Head of the Eastern Orthodox Church?


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The head of the Orthodox Church is Jesus Christ. However, on earth, the highest authority is with an Ecumenical Council or Synod of bishops. The heads of local churches are called Patriarchs or Archbishops, who preside over their cities or countries. The Orthodox Church does not have a sole ruler like the Pope. This is to safeguard against one person from making the wrong decision or leading the church astray.