13726RE: [orthodox-synod] Re: Documents Concerning the HOCNA Separation?
- Mar 1, 2005If others interpret the anathema to place them outside the
Church, it is clearly polemics and a feeble attempt to
screen the issue that they indeed might be ecumenists.
At best only a local "measure" of a local church? That seems
to be somewhat twisted logic. An anathema isn't a "measure";
it is a pronouncement that something is abominable in the
sight of God. And if that abomination is truly an
abomination, then, of course, without doubt it is applicable
to those outside the Church Abroad due to the fact that it
resonates a heavenly truth. If the anathema is true and
expresses the truth the Lord has revealed, then it seems to
me that it extends well beyond the Russian Church Abroad. If
it expresses that ecumenism is a heresy and if this is true,
then those who openly and unabashedly practice ecumenism are
heretics. Right? Doesn't seem a stretch at all.
Fr. Alexis Duncan
Joy of All Who Sorrow Russian Orthodox Church
The issue usually raised by those who make use of it to
attack ROCOR, is the claim that
places all the other Orthodox outside the Church.
The anathema is at best only a local measure by the Church
Abroad. Regardless of whether it
is true or not, it does not apply to those who are not under
the jurisdiction of the Church
Abroad, and it does not have any "automatic action" even
within the Church Abroad. It is a
Church law -- not an entity with a life of its own.
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