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  • Fr. Alexander Lebedeff
    Some new materials have been posted regarding what is happening in Mansonville. Archbishop Antony Orloff has issued final appeals to Bishops Bartholomew,
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 27 9:52 AM
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      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
      voluntarily retire).

      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
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