Re: [orthodox-rocor] ROCOR and News Ostrog Monastary
- Bless Father,
I just looked at their web site (Lev Puhalo, et al.) and was shocked by
his polemics against the "toll houses", calling Fr. Seraphim of Platina
(Rose) a "Neo-Gnostic". What is the ROCOR consensus in regards to
"toll houses" at death? From all the Fathers I have read and all the
Lives of Saints I have read...... Fr. Seraphim's teachings seem well in
line with the Traditions of the Church.
Fr. John R. Shaw wrote:
>>Hello, I was wondering if ROCOR is in communion with
>>Bishop Valaam and Bishop Lazar of the New Ostrog Monastery
>>located in BC: http://www.new-ostrog.org/ Nicholas
>JRS: No. "Bishop Lazar" (Lev Puhalo, AKA Buehler) was defrocked by our
>Synod when he was still a deacon.
>Fr. John R. Shaw
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- Stephanos wrote:
> Bless Father,by
> I just looked at their web site (Lev Puhalo, et al.) and was shocked
> his polemics against the "toll houses", calling Fr. Seraphim ofPlatina
> (Rose) a "Neo-Gnostic". What is the ROCOR consensus in regards tothe
> "toll houses" at death? From all the Fathers I have read and all
> Lives of Saints I have read...... Fr. Seraphim's teachings seem wellin
> line with the Traditions of the Church.JRS; There was a prolonged battle of "open letters" between Lev
Puhalo/Buehler and Fr. Seraphim Rose over "life beyond the grave". I
may still have some of the packets of polemical writings put away.
The Orthodox Church does not have a stated doctrine on this subject
[tollhouses], but Puhalo's writings seemed, to most of us, to be
foreign to Church tradition.
Fr. John R. Shaw