14725Re: Antioch in Communion with Monophysites?!
- Aug 3, 2005
> "Whether your teaching--St. Theophan the Recluse.
> and your name are pronounced as being under anathema
> or not, YOU ALREADY FALL UNDER IT WHEN YOUR OPINIONS
> ARE OPPOSED TO THOSE OF THE CHURCH, and when you persist
> in them."
"Fr. John R. Shaw" <vrevjrs@e...> wrote:
> 1) No one "already falls under anathema", unless thelawful Church hierarchy actually imposes judgment on them.<
"Anathema means anything that has been separated from God
and the Church of the Christians and has been dedicated to
the devil. It is of great importance that one understand
that it is not the Church that separates someone from God
by some official act, it is not the hierarchs who make him
anathema, nor yet is it God Who banishes a man from Him;
it is man himself who makes himself anathema, who dismisses
the Grace of God and the Gift of the Holy Spirit from within
himself and flees far from God. It is only after this that
the Church steps in to certify and to proclaim this fact,
with the purpose of protecting first the Divine Gifts from
any contact with the blasphemous, and, second, the faithful
--Dr. Alexander Kalomiros.
"He that accepts an innovation reproaches with deficiency
the preached Catholic Faith. But that Faith has long ago
been sealed in completeness not to admit of diminution or
increase or any change whatsoever; and he who dares to
do or think or advise such a thing has already denied the
Faith of Christ, has already of his own accord been struck
with an eternal anathema for blaspheming the Holy Spirit
as not having spoken fully in the Scriptures and through
the Ecumenical Councils."
--Encyclical of Gregory VI, Patriarch of Constantinople.
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