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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=7557 04 August 2010, 15:16 Innovations of the Church of England turn away its believers, sacristan of London
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      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
      for them."

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