I've mentioned a number of times that we all have a free will. If they
wish to cut themselves off of the Church, this is sad, but it is their choice.
Obviously, they will argue that it is we "who cut ourselves off of the Church
with the unia etc....". We lost scores of clergymen and a large number of the
laity who were turned off from our Church in the 1990s. Today, our Church
Abroad is growing, and since 2001, the bleeding has stopped.
The growth of the Russian Church Abroad is not only due to the influx of
new emigrees. In the midwest Chicago diocese, for example, where I was
very familiar with the diocesan life, a number of missions from the 1990s are
now standing parishes. In Oklahoma City, a church was build, in St. Loius, a
flurishing parish in the city, in Cincinati, they are building a new church,
in Weaton IL, a new parish is growning simultaniously as the Cathedral grows.
In Houston, a new mission began to seriously look towards buying a church.
These are not missions that "have taken from someone else." A healthy
ecclesiology will attrack tenfold the amount of people the Church may "lose."
As Vladyka Evtikhy pointed out, those who are fighting the reunification of
the Russian Church are wasting their time.
If they feel they must leave, well, they have a free will. Let us
remember that one third of the angelic hosts also fell.
My guess is that if they try to form some type of new synod, they
will split like the so-called Metropolitan Anthony Memorial Society. That is
what schismatic groups do, they split like the protestants. How many groups
claim to be under Metropolitan Vitaly?
Wishing all a joyful Feast,
Priest Victor Boldewskul
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From: "Al Green"
been engaged in a discussion on another list (Orthodoxy-or-
with a Dr. E.L. Magerovsky, a communicant of ROCOR, (E.L.
Live Journal: http://elmager. livejournal. com/ and Met. Anthony
> Memorial Society: http://revniteli. livejournal. com/) and
> who seems to be intensely working to put off or postpone
> reunification with the ROC-MP. To one of his posts I wrote,
> baitingly and with tongue-in-cheek: "Doctor, yours is a
> in the wilderness. Your protest is waaaaay too late.
For all intents
> and purposes the reunification is a fait accompli.
The only thing
> left for you and those in ROCOR opposed to the
reunion is to come up
> with a new name for a Russian church in
'abstentia' for surely there
> will be a schism."
Dr. Magerovsky sent an interesting response (note the omission of
the first hierarch's title): "Our protest is not 'way too late.'
Many of us began our protest in 2001 and the protest has been
growing ever since. And now, as the saying goes, 'it's not
'till it's over.' Laurus is now under a lot of pressure from
> the 83
out of 126 delegates who are against the union.
> A 'postponement' of
the merger is what we are now looking for. If
> not, the ROCOR will
continue by those who wish to remain canonical.
> Together we can
form a diocese and even our own Synod, which will
> not only allow us
to properly separate from an uncanonical synod,
> (that is, the MP
absorbing ROCOR-Laurus) , but allow us to freely
> maintain the
canonical status of the Church Abroad."
> The doctor seems
quite serio us, but how serious is "his" protest
> within the whole
of ROCOR? Is there a chance he and those like him
> could be
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