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Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) shouted down as 'heretic'

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  • emrys@globe.net.nz
    Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) shouted down as heretic by members of the Patriarchate of Moscow http://www.orthodoxengland.org.uk/heretic.htm On the evening
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      Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) shouted down as 'heretic' by members of the
      Patriarchate of Moscow

      http://www.orthodoxengland.org.uk/heretic.htm

      On the evening of Saturday 13 February, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk
      was greeted by shouts of 'heretic', as he came out at the polyeleios at
      matins. The disturbance took place in the Church of the Icon of the Mother
      of God of All those who Sorrow, which is on the Ordynka in Moscow.
      Metropolitan Hilarion serves regularly in this church.

      The young Metropolitan Hilarion, who possesses a doctorate from the
      University of Oxford, has shocked many members of the Patriarchate (and
      other Local Orthodox Churches) in recent weeks with various of his private
      opinions. These all appear to challenge Russian Orthodox values, for example
      concerning traditional Orthodox dress in church, preparation before
      communion and relations with Roman Catholicism.

      The situation has not been helped by the leaking of a discussion document
      which resulted from ecumenical talks about papal primacy. These talks were
      held last year in Crete among academics from the Orthodox Church and from
      the Vatican. The discussion document has been dubbed the 'Cretan Unia' by
      its opponents. The situation thus resembles that in Greece in the 60s and
      70s, where Greek ecumenists of that generation were also regularly shouted
      down during services as heretics.

      All this serves to show just how broad a spectrum of opinion is represented
      within the Patriarchate of Moscow. These are far broader than within the
      Tradition of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, where views are
      much more consistent. Presumably, this must result from the fact that there
      are so many recently baptised in the Patriarchate, who do not always know or
      understand the Tradition.


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