Sad news from Bishop Gabriel
- Our ROCOR parish (not at our parish, but at our sister parish in
Kanata) was informed last Saturday by Bishop Gabriel of Manhattan
that the ROCOR synod is going to sign some sort of agreement called
the act, to submitt to some sort of autonmous status under the mp.
Apparently all the ROCOR demands such as the mp leaving the wcc have
been dropped and the agreement is to be signed this December and
full communion will be established at Pascha next year.
For a while I was in total shock as I had no idea things were
happening so quickly as the full synod in San Fransisco had advised
against this very thing. It seems as if the bishops have gone
against the wishes of the people.
Now what is to be done? I can not go to an ecumenist church. I do
not know if the majority or even a sizable minority of the
parishioners wish to separate and we will most definitely have to
leave our beautiful church behind and go to some sort of protestant
hall. I know the true believers in Russia have had to suffer more,
but we are not used to suffering here in Canada.
All your prayers and thoughts are welcome...Stephan in Ottawa