Re: [orthodox-synod] More on the Anathema of 1983
- Dear Fr.Lebedeff,
Are you familiar with a letter of 82 member of the V Sobor in SF addressed to Mp. Laurus asking for clarification of the Sobor final statements ? Do you have any comment on that ?
"Fr. Alexander Lebedeff" <lebedeff@...> wrote:
Regarding the discussions concerning the Anathema of 1983.
I just came across a statement by Archbishop Hilarion, previously
unknown to me, that completely supports the previous statements of
Fr. John Shaw on this issue.
In Archbishop Hilarion's "Answers to Questions by Parishioners of the
Orthodox parish in Summerville, North Carolina" (Sunday of the
Myrrh-Bearing Women, 1992), he writes:
"The text of the Anathema was composed at Holy Transfiguration
Monastery and presented to Bishop Gregory (Grabbe) with a suggestion
to include it into the Rite of Orthodoxy. The text was translated
from English into Church Slavonic and brought to the Hierarchical
Sobor for discussion. . . All of the bishops of our Church agreed
that, as the anathema states, ecumenisam is a heresy, but not all of
them were satisfied with the words of the text put together by Holy
Transfiguration Monastery. Some of the bishops had the understanding
that the text of the anathema would not be approved until their
dissenting opinions would be considered (for example, some felt that
the style of the anathema was too convoluted and this obscured its
meaning). Bishop Gregory, who was the Secretary of the Synod at that
time, decided that the text of the anathema had been approved and
published it in our Church journal [it appeared in "Church Life",
Nos. 7-8 for 1984, i.e. a year later - AL]. The result of this was
that a number of bishops refused to include the anathema into Rite of
With love in Christ,
Prot. Alexander Lebedeff
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