RE: [orthodox-synod] Caution!
- Dear Fr. Anthony,
Regardless of what any bishop or priest may or may not have advocated, the
position of the Synod of Bishops is crystal clear. That is why the
were formed at the Sobor, after the pastoral conference. Some of the letters
currently circulating are only confusing people of the reality of the
position. Our Church is in dialog, as nearly every diocese has supported
October and November, and the results of this dialog will be reported to the
Sobor of Bishops, who will then decide the next steps. Everything else is
I think I understand what you mean about everything else being useless
Sometimes I feel that way myself, especially when reading the "lists."
However, let us admit that it keeps neither you nor me from reading them and
commenting on them. That implies that we believe there is some usefulness
to all the "noise."
However, if you simply mean to say that we all need to be patient and
not "jumping to conclusions," then I have to agree.
But the truth is, many people are worried.
Considering that we are in a historic moment, I think we all sense the
of the situation. Some people seem hardly able to contain their joy; others
worried and afraid. Personally, I am trying to be restrained and patient. If
we are able to resolve our differences and unite with the Church in Russia,
maintaining the purity of our witness, then it will indeed be a time for joy
And I have to admit that, if I ignore the "noise," from BOTH sides, then
I see nothing to be alarmed about. Our position has been stated repeatedly,
and in writing, and the issues that we care about are still on the agenda.
Now we just have to wait for the results of the upcoming Sobors.
Nevertheless, I do not feel that it is inappropriate or disrespectful for
either "side" to write letters of concern.
This leads to another point. One of many things that is remarkable about our
senior bishops is that they always uphold the conciliar decisions of the
Church. Our First Hierarch always expresses the view of the CHURCH, and does
confuse things with his opinions. Some like to press Him, demanding that
Eminence gives His opinion. Our First Hierarch, Vladyka Metropolitan Laurus,
always speaks on behalf of the Church, not Himself. This should give all
comfort. Now that is sobornost'!
Priest Victor Boldewskul
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