I am dissappointed with the "tone" of some of the letters in this
forum. Discussions of issues that cause disagreements are only of
value if people show due respect, and at no stage attack the person
making comments that they themselves find silly/offensive/whatever.
At a time when we (ROCA), find ourselves in a dangerous (to some)
and at least difficult (to others) time - let us not forget
the "spirit" that should reign in out hearts.
The most compelling arguments for me, as one of the flock who is
VERY concerned with unia with the MP - AT THIS POINT IN TIME - are
the "wordly" reasons given by the pro-union agents, and their "new-
age" idea of brotherly Love. During lectures and public discussions
in Sydney I have been witness to the humanist note of "loving all"-
including our fellows in the MP, Archbishop Sergius (the one who 1st
officially compromised with the world), etc while showing contempt
for those parishioners gathered in the same hall (love humanity and
hate your neighbour stuff).
More and more I realise that we all follow a spirit, and just gather
rational arguments (best case) or just any old argument to justify
our orientation. Let us more and more "test the spirits" - all who
are baptised should be able to do so with humble hearts. If our
choice of "camp" on an issue would cause us personal hardship -
would we still follow this out of love for our Lord Jesus Christ?
Are we out to "save the Church" because rationally we see our
parishes diminishing in size and stength? So are we following in
Archbishops Sergious spirit of damning ourselves to "save" our
Church? If so we are forgetting that Our Lord has taken that job
upon Himself and told us to worry about our own salvation. How many
of our Holy Fathers have made the point that for every one who works
on his own salvation many around them are also saved?
So I have a question to all the clergy, who may be thinking or have
decided to join with the MP (Eucharistically) should they be
formally instructed to do so by our Synod. As pastors you have the
added responsibility of your flocks' salvation. Some of your oldest
(often now fragile) parishioners, and many of the most fervent
believers in many parishes will not obey such a directive. I've read
and heard clergy state (just a touch more politely) "to hell with
them - they deserve no better if they disobey". I'm sure the
situation is worrying all true pastors in our Church. I understand
the reasons why I and others cannot in faithfullness to Our Lord
Jesus Christ join the MP now. I'd really like to understand the
spiritual reasons for guiding those who may choose this new path.
chado Otza Timofeia