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ROC Rejects Sergius Declaration

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  • Athanasios Jayne
    From the AP Newswire: Russian Orthodoxy disavows Soviet-era document in step toward reunion with foreign church MOSCOW (AP) - The Russian Orthodox Church has
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 30, 2005
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      From the AP Newswire:

      Russian Orthodoxy disavows Soviet-era document in step toward reunion with
      foreign church

      MOSCOW (AP) - The Russian Orthodox Church has disavowed a Soviet-era
      declaration of loyalty to the Communist government, a step that could help
      bring reunion with an emigre church that has been separate since 1920.

      The New York-based Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia severed contacts
      with the Moscow-based church after Patriarch Sergiy issued the loyalty
      declaration in 1927.

      The Moscow Patriarchate has said Sergiy did this to save the church from
      ruin, but a new document on its Web site says the declaration was among
      documents that "do not express the true voice of the Church of Christ (and)
      are deemed no longer valid."

      The Web site presented several documents drafted by delegates of the Moscow
      Patriarchate and the foreign church and approved by their respective synods.

      The two churches set up working groups on reunification issues after a 2003
      visit to Russia by three archbishops of the foreign church and a 2004 visit
      by its head, Metropolitan Laurus.

      The documents went further than ever before toward apology by the Moscow
      Patriarchate for Soviet-era compromises with the state.

      "Some clergymen and laypersons, trampling upon divine truth, facilitated
      the persecutors in their actions directed toward the destruction of the
      church," said a posted document. "Such actions cannot under any
      circumstances be permitted and justified: they deserve all condemnation."
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