5914RE: [orthodox-synod] Re: Interview with Vl. Mark
- Jun 17, 2002I am glad to see that all those who speak about Vl Mark describe a very
knowledgeable and respected person.
I do not have the honour of knowing him, but I insist that he looks
atypical. Below is one more apparent contradiction about his position.
In the "Bulletin" of the German Diocese of Russian Orthodox Church Abroad of
February, 2001, an article entitled " Visit to Serbia " describes a four-day
visit of Serbia by Vl Mark, from February, 4/17 till February, 8/21. The
report tells about his visiting a few monasteries in which he co-celebrated
with Serbian priests.
The Serbian orthodox church is a member of the World Council of Churches.
The ecumenical movement was anathematised by our church in1983. How can we
reconcliate the anathema of our Church with Vl Mark's communion with the
Serbian Church? Again, I cannot understand Vl Mark's position relative to
Do we not expect bishops to act, think and teach following the line of the
Church? Is this co-celebration not a clear disobedience to the Church,
committed in difficult times by a bishop that incidently teaches obedience
to his flock? Does this not add to the confusion of an already confuse time?
Is he anathema for communed with an anatematised movement? Or not? If not,
why? Is this a acceptable question to put?
Please explain this to me. I am puzzled. In the meantime, 12 priests from
Western Europe were suspended for "disobeying", without having been heard by
the Synod and without any explanation to the believers, except that they did
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