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14419Re: [orthodox-synod] Re: Associated Press Reports on Documents

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  • Fr. John R. Shaw
    Jul 1, 2005
      Vladimir Kozyreff wrote:

      > As a consequence,
      >
      > · it invalidates the supposed canonicity of the supposed Church
      > that was organised according to that declaration,

      JRS: The Moscow Patriarchate was not "organized according to the declaration" of
      Metropolitan Sergius.

      Metropolitan Sergius was the administrator of the Moscow Patriarchate, which already
      existed.

      He issued the declaration, under obvious pressure from the Bolsheviks, but no "new church"
      was organized on the basis of that document.

      > · invalidates the supposed legitimacy of all the supposed
      > hierarchs that were ever appointed in the framework of that false
      > church

      JRS: However, if you say that any statement or decision by the current Moscow Patriarchate
      "invalidates" anything at all, you are granting a certain recognition to the Patriarchate, as
      having some sort of a lawful voice.

      If the Patriarchate itself had no authority whatever, it could hardly invalidate anything: not
      even the statements of Metropolitan Sergius.

      In Christ
      Fr. John R. Shaw
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