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"Aleksandr Andreev" <aleksandr.andreev@...> wrote:
>>...While I have no information on this particular
case, knowing Vladika Lavr, Iwould hypothesize that he
is acting out of economia in not suspending the priest
(as he should do, if he acted out of akrevia). Vladika
is usuallylenient to people's bizarre ideas, as long
as they do not attempt to take others into schism
Well, I live not far from Endicott, nY, and
have spoken to people who know the parishioners
involved, and my understanding is that the
parishioners are leaving ROCOR with their
Priest to join these Old Calendarists.
"Bishop Christodoulos" has even boasted
about the beautiful architecture of their
new building, which is already nearly complete!
Evidently, it has been "in the works" for some
time--at least on their side.
When I fist became Orthodox a few years ago,
the nearest ROCOR Priest in Phoenix defected
to the Matthewites, just after Met. Vitaly's
stormy retirement (I was there when he returned
the Antimense to Fr. Alexander Lebedeff at the
airport), taking part of his flock with him.
Now, I move to NY State, and the nearest ROCOR
Priest defects to the Chyrostomites, taking his
flock with him as well.
For myself, I hope that in the future our Bishops
will not let them go so easily--or return as
Clergy so easily. My impression is that many
of these convert Clergy in particular, had mistaken
notions concerning what ROCOR was and is really
about, and that the dialogue and reconciliation
with the MP has finally disabused them of their
illusions. It's not that they have left us, it's
that they were never really with us in the
first place. For them, it seems, they were not
joining the Russian Orthodox Church Outside
Russia, operating under the canonical authority
of an emergency and temporary Ukaz, rather, they
were (in their own minds) joining "anti-ecumenism."
But they trade Orthodoxy for anti-ecumenism to
their loss and at their peril. It is a negation,
lifeless, and as such is devoid of the Charism
of Unity which comes from the Holy Spirit and
makes the Church One: One Lord, One Faith, One
Baptism, One Bread, One Body.
"A schismatic will not inherit the kingdom of
(Hieromartyr Ignatios of Antioch)