Fr. Alexander Lebedeff quoted:
the Protocol of the Sobor of Bishops of the Russian
> Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, dated August 16, 1938:
> "There was DISCUSSION about concelebration with clergy found in the
> jurisdiction of Metropolitan Sergius and his Synod.
> "METROPOLITAN ANASTASSY points out that clergy who arrive from Russia
> had been part of the named jurisdiction are immediately allowed into
> prayerful communion, and he brings up the opinion of Metropolitan
> found in his Epistle printed in "Church Life," that the sin of
> Sergius does not extend to the clergy subordinate to him.
> "IT WAS RESOLVED: To recognize that there are no obstacles to
> communion and concelebration with the clergy of Metropolitan Sergius."
The crucial point here (to my mind) is the following:
Was there, in fact, *ever* a specific and formal, Sobor decision of the
Church Abroad, subsequent to the above, to cease and break off
communion with the Moscow Patriarchate?
It seems to me that, if there was never such an official break, then
the present lack of eucharistic concelebration is only de-facto, and
not de jure.
If there was a later, *official* break, then of course that break and
the circumstances surrounding it would be the point that most needs to
be studied. The words of Metropolitan Anastassy's Spiritual Testament
do not have the authority of a Church council; they were merely his own
parting words. And even they were only conditional: "So long as..."
Fr. John R. Shaw