Archbishop Anthony of Geneva on the Dangers of Isolationism of the ROCOR
- Here are some timely quotes from the speech of Archbishop Anthony of
Geneva at the Third All-Diasporan Council in 1974:
"The head of our Church, Met. Anthony-- as a true pastor of the
Church of Christ, and not like the scribes or Pharisees of our times,
showed our Church the middle, royal path, arming himself on this road
with the sword of truth and the fire of love and mercy. . . He does
not break prayerful communion with the Churches that adopted the new
calendar, he does not anathematize anyone."
"For the unity of the Church is her nature and foundation. By the
example of our First Hierarchs we must carefully preserve those fine
threads which bind us with the Orthodox world. Under no circumstances
must we isolate ourselves, seeing around us, often imagined, heretics
and schismatics. Through gradual self-isolation we will fall into the
extremism which our metropolitans wisely avoided, we will reject that
middle, royal path which until now our Church has traveled. . . By
isolating ourselves, we will embark upon the path of sectarianism,
fearing everyone and everything, we will become possessed with
paranoia. . . But to take such a course, we will have to reject our
Church's past and condemn it."
Let the current scribes and pharisees take heed.
With love in Christ,
Prot. Alexander Lebedeff