10-4, Fr. John, non-Orthodox - NOT Orthodox - of any persuasion.
Dear Vladika Nikon wrote something like "... we cannot impose on someone (a non-Orthodox) in death that which they did not desire of their own free will in life..."
There is, of course, a generic prayer for "civil authorities." I remember decades ago the Greek Archdiocese actually would mention the full name of the President. There were those who said it may have been because of a "party" change in the White House, but I believe some clergy and laity protested the use of a personal name since the President was not Orthodox.
Anastasy the Presbyter
----- Original Message -----
From: Fr. John R. Shaw
Sent: Saturday, June 16, 2007 7:08 AM
Subject: [orthodox-synod] Re: On Unity of the Orthodox Church of Christ
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "APY" <fr_anastasy@...> wrote:
> Dear Fr. John (Shaw),
> Please respond to this one regarding Pannikhidas. You will far better remember the firm
> but very archpastoral letter our beloved - and of blessed memory - Vladika Nikon wrote
> regarding a priest who had served one for a non-orthodox person. I can't remember
> the year, etc.
JRS: If the letter was in English, the chances are that I would have written it, or at least
translated it, for Vladyka.
A few letters were composed by Fr. George Grabbe, and signed by Vl. Nikon.
But for Vladyka, "non-Orthodox" meant that someone was really non-Orthodox: a member
of one of the Western confessions, a non-Christian, or the like.
Members of other Orthodox jurisdictions, including the Ecumenical Patriarchate, were still
Orthodox, regardless of whether or not Vladyka agreed with them.
Fr. John R. Shaw
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