8556Re: Fundamental Question
- Jun 5, 2003"If you are helpless to defend the Church, step aside; clear the
space for someone stronger than you." St. Peter, Metropolitan of
Krutitsk (d. 1936), (Locum Tenens of the Patriarchate), Letter to
Metropolitan Sergei, 1930
Dear Father Anthony, bless.
I think you raised a very interesting point. We are not claiming that
the MP is graceless because of its sins or unworthiness in general,
but because of the nature of the sins and unworthiness that we are
talking about. Heresy, schism, and attack of the faith and of the
Church, preclude grace of those who practice or accept them.
"This pseudo-church has been twice anathematised. His Holiness
Patriarch Tikhon and the All-Russian Church Sobor anathematised the
Communists and all their collaborators. This dread anathema has not
been lifted till this day and remains in force, since it can only be
lifted by a similar All-Russian Church Sobor ...
"When Metropolitan Sergius promulgated his criminal Declaration, then
the faithful children of the Church immediately separated themselves
from the Soviet church, and thus the Catacomb Church was formed. And
she, in her turn, has anathematised the official church for its
betrayal of Christ." Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky) (d. 1985)
Assuming even that the MP "has grace" in spite of certain sins (that
would be the case of ROCOR as well), the MP is nevertheless anathema,
schismatic and heretic, which is a good case for gracelessness. In
addition, heretic bishops are pseudo-bishops, which does not simplify
the matter of reunion with them.
Anathema, schism and heresy need not have been proclaimed by ROCOR to
be real or to be acknowledged by her. As long as we are not
schismatic, and still part of the Russian Orthodox Church, and did
not rescind anathema proclaimed by other parts of the Russian
Orthodox Church, we acknowledge the decisions of the Orthodox Church
taken before or after ROCOR was created.
--- In email@example.com, "Fr. Anthony Nelson"
> "Fr. George Primak" <primaks@t...> wrote:serve God
> >Dear Fr. Alexander,
> >Please explain to me how a KGB officer who was made bishop not to
> >but the satanic regime can have grace and all those who servedwith him?
> I don't presume to answer for Fr. Alexander, but I can answer as an
> Orthodox Priest: the worthiness and/or sinfulness of the one
> not determine the Grace of the Mysteries served by that clergyman.To
> believe otherwise is heresy condemned by the Church. For myself, Ishudder
> to think that the Priestly ministrations I perform should be Grace-filled
> or empty, depending on my worthiness or sinfulness.*
> Fr. Anthony
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