Re: [orthodox-synod] MP ecumenical attitude
- In a message dated 1/4/2007 5:00:16 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
For their current meeting in Zagreb, Patriarch Alexy joins in ecumenical
" May this meeting strengthen you in your determination to make your journey
a true pilgrimage and may it help you find good companions for the journey
and to realize that God is with us and helps us." He doesn't mention anything
about Orthodoxy being the true church, simply wishes the young people
"realize that God is with us."
I know that you genuinely feel that your heart is in the right place, but I
am not at all sure about your head. I read all of the greetings, and that's
what they were, greetings, not liturgies, not even joint prayers, and found
them to be very good, Christian sentiments, of the variety I would expect and
appreciate from my priest or bishop as well. No where in the Gospels, or for
that matter, any of the Church fathers, does it define Orthodoxy as being a
manifestation of antagonistic and insensitive jerks. Certainly Christ never
did that, and he even praised a Samaritan heretic. Why does everything have
to be so negative? That frightens more people away from Orthodoxy than any
positive greetings or prayers would.
I'm all for the MP's "ecumenical attitude," if that's what you want to call
it. You and your kind can continue to wallow in your bitterness and become
what splinter groups always become -- irrelevant sects and historical
In Christ - hoping that he might warm your heart
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- --- In email@example.com, "Bushunow, Peter"
> For their current meeting in Zagreb, Patriarch Alexy joins in
> " May this meeting strengthen you in your determination to make yourjourney a true pilgrimage and may it help you find good companions for
the journey and to realize that God is with us and helps us." He
doesn't mention anything about Orthodoxy being the true church, simply
wishes the young people "realize that God is with us."
I did a thesis on Christian Communities in my Social Psych class back
in undergrad school and this community was one that I used as an
example. The well known protestant Christian philosopher, the late
Frank Shaeffer, was closely associated with this group.
It is heartwarming to see that Patriarch Alexii would take such and
interest in people who are fervently searching for the path to
salvation that he would greet them and encourage them with the
ultimate hymn of this feast of the Incarnation of our Lord - "God is
with us." He has sown the seed, let us each water that seed with our
prayers that it might sprout in the hearts of those who received it
and grow and bear fruit.
Archpr David Moser