Latest from Mansonville
- Some new materials have been posted regarding what is happening in Mansonville.
Archbishop Antony Orloff has issued "final appeals" to Bishops
Bartholomew, Vladimir, Anthony (of Belsk, Moldavia), and Anastassy to
show up at Mansonville no later than yesterday, July 26, so that they
could participate in the ongoing "Sobor" and "elect a worthy
Metropolitan" just as Metropolitan Philaret was elected during the
life of Metropolitan Anastassy.
(This is, btw, a change in Mansonville teaching--previously, their
position had been that the retirement of a Metropolitan is
uncanonical--that a Metropolitan is elected for life, etc.)
Now, it seems that it is OK. (I wonder if Ierei Kirill agrees--he
argued so strongly that Metropolitans cannot be retired or even
So--they're going to elect a new Metropolitan. . .
Hmm. . . .
I wonder whom Archbishop Antony thinks the best candidate would be?
Do you think he has a white klobuk prepared for himself already?
The timing of the "summonses" (they were dated July 11/24, but who
knows when they were sent?) with a demand to appear by July 13/26 is
irrational--how could bishops from Moldavia and the Far East be able
to get to Mansonville in such a short time?
So, it seems that the "Sobor" will consist only of Archbishop Anthony
and Bishop Victor Pivovarov--and perhaps they will have managed to
consecrate the two Archimandrites (Damascene and Stefan) by the time
they "elect" a new Metropolitan.
Is there anyone in the ROCiE who will support such an election and
consider it valid?
And, actually, someone should suggest to Liudmilla Rosnianskaya that
she should get Metropolitan Vitaly to proclaim "Anathema" three times
at Archbishop Antony (Orloff) and his associates--according to
official ROCiE teaching, such an oral pronouncement by the
Metropolitan is a valid way of deposing a bishop--remember when they
said that about Bishop Michael (Donskoff)?
Then some of their problems would be solved.
Anyway, stay tuned--the circus continues. . . .
With love in Christ,
Prot. Alexander Lebedeff