13090Re: Commemoration of the Heterodox (Was: Excellent advice from Fr. Tikhon Shevkunov)
- Dec 1, 2004--- In email@example.com, Hristofor <hristofor@m...>
> ... On the bright side, I think that most people know notThe problem is that people are under the impression that, in denying
> to ask for panihida for a non-Orthodox... I hope...
such things, the priests are being "mean" and are unjustly punishing
the heterodox for simply for being heterodox. Therefore some of them
take it upon themselves to right this "injustice" by omitting the
identity of the person to the priest.
When the question about panikhidas came up at one of our ROCA youth
conferences (many, many years ago), one of the speakers explained
that the reason the Church "forbids" panikhidas for non-Orthodox is
out of pity and not out of "meanness". The reasoning being that the
non-Orthodox would derive little (if any) benefit from a panikhida
and that therefore the soul of the departed would, instead of being
comforted and helped, suffer even more at being reminded what it's
missing (needless to say, if I completely misunderstood this
explanation, would someone please correct me?).
Perhaps I'm wrong about this, but I think that for most of the
cradle orthodox attending that conference, this was the first time
they heard the question explained in this manner. I will even go so
far as to say that it's likely that the priests who performed
panikhidas for the non-orthodox were not aware of the reasoning
behind the rule. My question is why? Why did it take 22 years for
someone to give me such a reasonable explanation? I went to Russian
school! I attended Zakon Bozhii! I even paid attention! ;-) Why is
it that up until that conference, the best anyone could say is "we
don't sing panikhidas for them because they are not orthodox"???
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