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5936RE: [orthodox-synod] Communion with the Serbian Church

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  • vladimir kozyreff
    Jun 19, 2002
      Regarding ecumenism and joint prayers with heretics

      Canon XLV of the Holy Apostles

      "Let any Bishop, or Presbyter, or deacon that merely joins in prayer with
      heretics be suspended, but if he had permitted them to perform any service
      as Clergymen, let him be deposed."

      Canon LXV Of the Holy Apostles:

      "If any clergymen, or laymen, enter a synagogue of Jews, or of heretics, to
      pray, let him be both deposed and excommunicated."

      Canon IX of Laodicia (Also approved by the Ecumenical Synods)

      "Concerning the fact that those belonging to the Church must not be allowed
      to go visiting the cemeteries or the so called martyria of any heretics, for
      the purpose of prayer or of cure, but, on the contrary, those who do so, if
      they be among the faithful, shall be excluded from communion for a time
      until they repent and confess their having made a mistake, when they may be
      readmitted to communion."

      Canon XXXIII of Laodicia

      "One must not join in prayer with heretics or schismatics."

      In God,

      Vladimir Kozyreff

      -----Message d'origine-----
      De : Hristofor [mailto:hristofor@...]
      Envoye : mercredi 19 juin 2002 4:03
      A : orthodox-synod@yahoogroups.com
      Objet : [orthodox-synod] Communion with the Serbian Church

      To the best of my knowledge, I do not belive the Synod ever formally issued
      a "we are no longer in communion with Serbia" ukase (If someone knows to
      the contrary, pls inform). Obviously, up until the communist takeover, we
      were in communion with the Serbian Church. I belive that the policy under
      Metropolitans Anastassy and Philaret was that there was no definitive break
      with the SC and that it fell on the bishops to use ekonomia.


      At 10:24 PM 6/17/2002, you wrote:
      >Forgive 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"
      ><vladimir.kozyreff@s...> wrote:
      > > I am glad to see that all those who speak about Vl Mark describe a
      > > 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
      > >
      > > In the "Bulletin" of the German Diocese of Russian Orthodox Church
      >Abroad of
      > > February, 2001, an article entitled " Visit to Serbia " describes a
      > > 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-
      > > with Serbian priests.
      > >
      > > The Serbian orthodox church is a member of the World Council of
      > > 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
      > > our Church's.
      > >
      > > 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
      > > committed in difficult times by a bishop that incidently teaches
      > > 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
      > > not obey.
      > >
      > > In Christ,
      > >
      > > Vladimir Kozyreff
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