14751[orthodox-rocor] Re: Antioch in Communion with Monophysites?!
- Aug 9, 2005--- In email@example.com,
"Fr. Anthony Nelson" <fr.anthony@o...> wrote:
>argumentation. Practice humility and give us all
> Good. Let's stop there. End the scandalous
Dear Fr. Anthony,
Believe me, I would like nothing more than to
end this discussion, which has consumed a lot
of my time and attention. But I don't see how this
is possible so long as Fr. John R. Shaw continues
to publicly accuse me of "teaching heresy." If he
would withdraw this accusation (which, if false, is
indeed "scandalous"), I will stop discussing it.
Heresy is separation from God, and Fr. John R.
Shaw has indicated that he believes me to have
"taught heresy" on the subject of anathemas.
Because he is a Priest, and a Priest within that
part of the Church to which I belong (ROCOR), I
must, I believe, take his opinion seriously. I must
be willing to consider that he may be right. I must
re-examine what I have said in the light of the
teaching of the Holy Fathers and Ecumenical Councils.
I must be willing to engage in a continuing dialogue
in order to more surely discern the truth of the
matter, and change my belief if it can be shown
to be in error.
Some have indicated weariness with this discussion,
but no one is forced to read my posts.
For me, to be accused of heretical teaching by a
Priest is just about the most grievous thing
imaginable. I would have been less troubled if
I had been accused of being a thief or an adulterer,
and I must seek a resolution of this matter--a
matter which concerns not only me, but the teaching
of the Holy Fathers, the Ecumenical Councils, and
our holy Orthodox faith.
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