Re: Digest Number 1270
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Srs. Martha & Maria"
> "It is certainly justifiable that at such a significant juncture inthe life
> of the Russian Church all involved, both clergy and laity, beallowed to
> offer critical commentary on the events now unfolding".JRS: Unfortunately, in our Church circles such things tend to result
in a mess, rather than in anything being resolved.
And then, no such "critical commentary from all involved, clergy and
laity" was asked for or accepted in the earlier period when the
present situation was, as it were, set up.
No one, for example, was asked if they approved of ROCOR's acceptance
of Greek communities in the 1960's, nor were they asked if they
wanted to break off ties with the Greek Archdiocese (not that we ever
Nobody was asked if they wanted to see ROCOR establish its own
parishes and dioceses in Russia, either.
Many other changes were introduced within my memory, and none of us
was ever asked for our opinions.
> As a nun living inmonastics in
> the Holy Land I can confirm that a large majority of the ROCOR
> our convents and monasteries here are greatly alarmed on how eventsare
> moving.JRS: As a parish priest in the central part of the U.S., I can
confirm that the overwhelming majority of our parishioners are
delighted at the way events are now moving.
> In particular many are puzzled by the speed of the deliberations.JRS: Many people are puzzled, not because of their own personal
reactions, but because things have been presented to them in a
negative and often misleading fashion, by some partisan.
Thus for example on Pentecost, at our church dinner, some
parishioners of ours were telling me about a Romanian lady, who
attends a Greek Archdiocese parish near them, and who is not involved
However, she is now very upset and confused about the horrid accounts
of ROCOR's "captiulation to the Moscow Patriarchate", that she has
heard from a Greek O.C. priest she knows!
Much the same thing was to be met with in 1986, when HOCNA split off
from ROCOR, and many innocent peoiple were disinformed and
deliberatedly misled about what was going on.
> That they have in such a quick time separately defined andseemingly come to
> a satsifactory resolution of issues that have separated andfestered within
> the churches for some eighty years I find outstanding.JRS: People have been talking about "such a quick time" now, for at
least 4 years.
And yet, only 2 years had passed since the repose of Patriarch St.
Tikhon in 1925, and the breach with Metropolitan Sergius over his
declaration in 1927.
That was twice as fast, wasn't it?
> Perhaps the membersutilize
> of these committees could be persuaded to come to Jerusalem and
> their superb negotiating skills to bring about peace in the MiddleEast as
> well?JRS: It seems to me that it should be a lot easier to start with
something within reach: to work with individuals -- for example, to
persuade people like George Stephanopoulos to recognize the error of
America's policy against the Serbs in the Balkans, under the Clinton
Fr. John R. Shaw