5892Re: An Interview with Archbishop Mark
- Jun 12, 2002The most highly esteemed and beloved O. Stefan was probably pulling an
all-nighter baking prosfora when he posted this.
I have deepest respect for the erudite, intelligent, and deeply
faithful Vladyka Mark (now 'my' Bishop as I live in Germany)... but
if I may respectfully point out to my dearest O. Stefan that what
he says are off base comments are really just questions that arise
from the interview and biographical sketch of Abp. Mark that's been
zipping around cyberspace the last few days.
In that piece, it IS mentioned that he was born in Chemnitz (part of
the DDR East Germany) but educated in Heidelberg (West Germany) -- the
missing link was how he got from east to west, which, by the time
Michael Arndt was old enough to be a university student, wasn't easy,
what, with the infamous wall and other border tightenings that went on
in the early 60s. ...
It also says that he had both tried to enter Mt. Athos and had applied
to Holy Trinity/St. Sergius Lavra seminary, but after a long wait, was
I think the questions are honest; I don't think they necessarily must
be seen as an attack on Vladyka Mark, though it may belie a primitive
(fundamentalist) attitude (forgive my judging words!) about how
attention to jurisdictional lines constitutes constitutes loyalty to
the True Church.
I personally think ROCOR is blessed to have such a well-educated
leader, having seen much of the world beyond the familiar interior
walls of his own house.
--- In orthodox-synod@y..., "stefanvpavlenko" <StefanVPavlenko@n...>
> All your comments about Archbishop Mark are off base, for one thinghe
> did not study in Holy Trinity Saint Sergious in Moscow!, and all thewrote:
> rest is off also!
> Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko
> --- In orthodox-synod@y..., "vkozyreff" <vladimir.kozyreff@s...>
> > This refers to:clear
> > An Interview with Archbishop Mark by Mark Smirov.
> > Regarding this interview, here are a few things which are not
> > to me:to
> > Why, as Vl Mark converted to orthodoxy in our Church, did he apply
> > become a monk in Mt Athos? Why did he apply to follow courses ofin
> > theology in The Trinity St Sergius monastery, instead of studying
> > the Jordanville Trinity Monastery? Why did he not refer to hisbishop
> > for this matter? If he did, why would his bishop have send himthere?
> > Was Vl Mark not a mmber of the NTS movement? Why does he not
> > to this in the interview?general
> > Being a citizen of Eastern Germany in 1969, how come he became a
> > student in Heidelberg? In those days, East German students in
> > could not so easily get the blessing of the Stasi to studytheology
> > in Heidelberg.
> > I am puzzled. Can anybody help me?
> > In Christ,
> > Vladimir Kozyreff
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