5919Re: Interview with Vl. Mark
- Jun 17, 2002Forgive me, I agree with you a great deal on the MP, et cetera, but
here I have to disagree. Vl Mark is not the sole participant in
communion with the Serbs-- the Synod in general acknowledges such
communion, and in the documents following the 2000 Sobor, they
clearly state why. Nor is this something underhanded as people
claim; when I was first a catechumen in 1998, this concelebration was
something I knew about, when I asked who we were in communion
To boot, the 12 priests in question *were* disobeying, since a new
Bishop had been chosen by the Synod. Whether the Bishop himself was
doing wrong is another matter-- but I wouldn't put the
word 'disobedience' in quotes.
Are the Serbs ecumenist? I don't know. I am not inclined to think
so, however. Not with the 'proof' I have been given.
--- In orthodox-synod@y..., "vladimir kozyreff"
> I am glad to see that all those who speak about Vl Mark describe avery
> knowledgeable and respected person.position.
> I do not have the honour of knowing him, but I insist that he looks
> atypical. Below is one more apparent contradiction about his
> In the "Bulletin" of the German Diocese of Russian Orthodox Church
> February, 2001, an article entitled " Visit to Serbia " describes afour-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.Churches.
> The Serbian orthodox church is a member of the World Council of
> The ecumenical movement was anathematised by our church in1983. Howcan we
> reconcliate the anathema of our Church with Vl Mark's communionwith the
> Serbian Church? Again, I cannot understand Vl Mark's positionrelative to
> our Church's.of the
> Do we not expect bishops to act, think and teach following the line
> Church? Is this co-celebration not a clear disobedience to theChurch,
> committed in difficult times by a bishop that incidently teachesobedience
> to his flock? Does this not add to the confusion of an alreadyconfuse time?
> Is he anathema for communed with an anatematised movement? Or not?If not,
> why? Is this a acceptable question to put?priests from
> Please explain this to me. I am puzzled. In the meantime, 12
> Western Europe were suspended for "disobeying", without having beenheard by
> the Synod and without any explanation to the believers, except thatthey did
> not obey.
> In Christ,
> Vladimir Kozyreff
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