Fwd: Moscow Patriarch: "Stop Parish Cultism!"
> An interesting piece of news sent to me by Archbishop-----------------------------------------------
> Lazar Puhalo of the OCA:
> Here is a news bulletin that I would hope you could post
> AND CIRCULATE it:
> Patriarch Alexei of Moscow has recently condemned "parish
> cultism." In a letter to the hierarchs of the Russian
> Orthodox Church, His Holiness condemned the practice of
> parish priests using confession as a means of control and
> manipulation of their parishioners. He charged the
> hierarchs to investigate and correct that situation, and
> also other cult practices such as parishioners having to
> ask for constant blessing for everything they do, as if
> they were monastics in a monastery, parish priests who
> think that they are spiritual elders, and parishioners
> having to ask for a special blessing to attend an
> Orthodox Church other than the parish to which they
> belong. All these practices are in no way Orthodox, they
> are sheer cultism, and the Patriarch has charged his
> hierarchs to put and end to such practices with in
> the Russian Church.
+ Reader David-Constantine Wright
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+ Member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Mission,
Autonomous Metropolitan Orthodox Church of Milan
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