5780Re: Who we're in communion with
- Apr 8, 2002
> I repeat my question that I posed to Presybter Peter Jackson:Thank you for repeating your question, or rather for rephrasing it. I
> Is there a meaningful distincition between:
> (a) a church that tolerates someone (even a bishop) that holds such
> ecumenistic beliefs, and
> (b) a church that tolerates to commune with (a).
> Still waiting...
did not understand what you were asking the first time. In fact, I'm
still not sure I do, but I'll try to address it, anyway.
I do not know if the Patriarch of C'ple would agree with the view and
goal of my former bishop as he expressed them to me. I have never
seen any EP document explicitly stating anything about uniting with
other monotheistic religions. The Holy Canons instruct us to separate
ourselves from a bishop who teaches heresy. They do not say anything
about remaining under a heretical bishop if the other bishops of his
synod do not make similar statements. So for me, whether or not the
EP expressly teaches teaches such a thing is only a secondary
consideration. I was under a bishop who preached heresy and I had to
separate myself from him. The only way I could do this and still
remain in the EP would have been by moving off of the continent of
South America! The other option was to put myself under the spiritual
direction of a traditionalist synod, which I did.
ROCA is in full, eucharistic communion with Serbia and Jerusalem, as
has been thoroughly discussed recently. And both of these Churches
have hierarchs who participate in ecumenical activities, if I am not
mistaken. However, I don't think any of them would advocate uniting
with other monotheistic faiths.
Does this answer your question? Forgive me if I don't understand what
you're getting at.
Fr. Peter Jackson
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