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A Sorrowful Epistle of the Synod of Bishops

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.12.01 ROCE: Official Statements Epistle from the Bishops Council of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia 2005 (posted 12/01/05) NEW (Russian
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      2005.12.01 ROCE:

      Official Statements

      Epistle from the Bishops Council of the Russian Orthodox Church
      Outside of Russia 2005 (posted 12/01/05) NEW

      (Russian version: http://www.russianorthodoxchurchinexile.com/russian%
      20site/off20054.html)

      A Sorrowful Epistle of the Synod of Bishops to all The Faithful Sons
      and Daughters of The Russian Orthodox Church Abroad

      26 June/ 9 July 2005

      The Appearance of the «Tikhvin» Icon of the Mother of God

      It is with a heavy heart that we have become acquainted with the
      (hitherto unproclaimed) «jointly agreed upon documents of the
      Commission on dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and
      the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate». If,
      previously, there was some sort of hope that the episcopate headed by
      Metropolitan Laurus would come to their senses, then now this hope
      has vanished.



      What has now occurred is not only a change in the canonical position
      of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, but also a consummation of
      spiritual betrayal by Her supposed representatives, who accepted all
      the conditions imposed by the head of the Moscow Patriarchate and
      cast aside their own conditions, expressed last time in the «Appeal
      of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad to the
      Russian Orthodox People» dated 18 February/2 March 2000.

      Being firmly convinced of the fact that many continue to follow their
      hierarchy due to an insufficient understanding of what is
      transpiring, we, the members of the Synod of the Russian Orthodox
      Church Abroad, again lovingly call upon all pastors and laity to
      recall Canon 15 of the First-Second Council of Constantinople, which
      absolves every Orthodox Christian from submission to an unfaithful
      episcopate.
      Today, all believers who find themselves under the omofor of
      Metropolitan Laurus must choose – whether to go under the omofor of
      the pseudo-church known as the MP or, attending to the voice of their
      conscience, to remain in the Russian Church Abroad, which is
      unfailingly headed by Metropolitan Vitaly.

      + Metropolitan Vitaly
      + Bishop Sergii
      + Bishop Vladimir
      + Bishop Bartholomew
      + Bishop Antony (L.A. & S.A.)

      Secretary: Mitred Protopriest Benjamin Zhoukoff



      Note. From Canon 15 of the First-Second Council of Constantinople:

      «...But as for those who ... sever themselves from communion with
      their president, that is, because he publicly preaches heresy and
      with bared head teaches it in the Church, such persons are not only
      not subject to canonical penalty..., but are worthy of due honor
      among the Orthodox. For not bishops, but false bishops and false
      teachers have they condemned, and they have not fragmented the
      Church's unity with schism, but from schisms and divisions have they
      earnestly sought to deliver the Church».
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