4194Re: [orthodox-synod] Father Konstantin Fedoroff
- Mar 2, 2001Sometimes reading through all these posts is a very useful Lenten
penance. Why is everyone so bogged down in the defense or dissection of
this or that INDIVIDUAL personality. Heavens, I hope the faith does not
rest on so little. Fr. X or Vladika Y may be fine, or they may be crazy.
Every church has them, you know. But one along is not always St. Mark of
Ephesus. Sometimes they are just wrong, priest or not, bishop or not. One
is tempted to think that many think of these individuals as having an
infallibility that most RC's wouldn't give to the Pope. That's just not
The sins of MP are not imaginary, but they are not unforgivable, either.
Everyone seems to be of the mind that closer union with MP would not
involve any conversion at all on their part and that is most unlikely.
Ought not their conversion to be looked for with hope? The only
unforgivable sin is that against the Holy Spirit, which, mercifully, most
commentators claim is unknown, speculation at best as to what it might
be. However, one might wonder if the real trap of that sin against the
Spirit might not be in resisting the Sobor, where the Holy Spirit is
deemed to act, so vehemently. Given a choice between an allegedly
surf-boarding Elder with an accent that may be acquired and a Sobor, I'll
take the Sobor, any day!
A further mission here is the presumption that this move be resisted with
all possible force NOW, and this juncture. Well, this is only the
beginning. One has no idea how it will unfold. It may be that the project
will fail and have to be abandoned, will be abandoned. One does not know
at this point. However, to resist even the ATTEMPT at closer union runs
at peril with Christ's prayer that all be one. The desire of Christ
Himself here is paramount and far transcends any human desires. Dare one
safely deny even that chance of that prayer being answered. I think not.
Marry the age and become a widow in the next. The roots in history of
ROCA are valid, but things HAVE changed. Do you really want to insist on
becoming like the Old Believers? Peter the Great is dead.
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