04 August 2010, 15:16
Innovations of the Church of England turn away its believers,
sacristan of London Orthodox church believes
London, August 4, Interfax - Sacristan of the Dormition Cathedral in
London Archpriest Mikhail Dudko believes English believers leave the
Anglican Church as they do not want to put up with its innovations.
"Processes developing in the Church of England give impulse to search
for a new religious foundation of life. Female priests and bishops,
homosexual marriages and ordination of people who promote "non
traditional sexual orientation" bother many believers," Fr. Mikhail
told an Interfax-Religion correspondent.
According to him, some of those who can't accept it just put up with
it, others leave the Church and some people search for something new
and come to the Russian Church to find themselves in it.
"Some Englishmen consciously choose the Russian Church. Metropolitan
Anthony said that of all Orthodox Churches represented in England,
the Russian Orthodox Church gives maximum freedom to newcomers," the
London priest said.
He believes Englishmen feel more comfortable in the Russian Church as
it celebrates services both in Slavonic and English, and major part
of diocesan priests outside of London are English.
"Certainly they are attracted by positive component of the Orthodox
teaching, Metropolitan Anthony stressed that Orthodoxy is return to
yourself, to the faith of the ancient undivided Church that existed
in the territory of England for many centuries," Fr. Mikhail said.
Many new English converts are very strict about some traditions of
Russian Orthodoxy and urge women in the parish to cover their heads
and change trousers for a shirt, saying that they have adopted
Orthodoxy as they lacked such healthy, on their opinion, conservatism
in the Church of England.
Once Prince Charles visited the Divine service of the Passion Week in
the London Cathedral.
"He is interested in Orthodoxy," Fr. Mikhail said, but called not to
pay much attention to the fact as "monarchs here are heads of the
Anglican Church," and "modern principles of religious freedom are not
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