Re: [orthodox-synod] Re: Could it Wait a Year?
- I hope that the chartered plane is not for all the clergy. God Forbid something happens to the plane, we would loose many Bishops and clergy....
Sent: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 6:48 AM
Subject: [orthodox-synod] Re: Could it Wait a Year?
Athanasios Jayne <athanasiosj@...> wrote:
> my recent personal experiences with pious ROCORJRS: In reality, those who are still opposed to reconciliation do not want to "wait another
> faithful who are greatly distressed and confused, and
> again, are seriously thinking of leaving us, has given
> me great pause. In light of this, May 17th is not written
> in stone for me, if it costs us so many devoted and
> rational sheep of our own little flock--sheep which
> may well fall prey to the spiritual wolf.
Their goal is to stop the reconciliation process, permanently.
A year from now, it would still be "too soon"; 10 years from now, ditto.
20 years would still be way too early for them.
30 years, 40 years, 50 years would be "rushing head over heels" into "precipitate, ill
considered and premature union"!
And, as I wrote on another list, most of this "distress and confusion" is not a spontaneous
reaction at all: it's something actively cultivated, by deliberate misinformation.
Furthermore, May 17 is indeed "already carved in stone":
The specific plans and arrangements, including chartering an airplane, arrangements
made by people to be away from their jobs, scheduled events such as the dedication of the
New Martyrs church in Butovo, cannot be canceled at the last minute: at least not without
causing a major disruption.
That would be a public embarrassment and setback for ROCOR, a financial loss, not to
mention a "crisis in confidence" for the supportive majority.
It would also be just the thing to embolden those who are working so hard to confuse and
frighten ordinary ROCOR members.
Such a last-minute delay could not help anything: it would only increase the "distress and
What we need to do, rather, is confront the false propaganda and those who are spreading
Fr. John R. Shaw
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- The Church lives by the Holy Scripture does it not---its Yea is its
Yea and its Nay is its Nay, NO?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Athanasios Jayne"
> --- In email@example.com, "Rev. Alexander Lebedeff"
> <lebedeff@> wrote:
> > The document you refer to was approved by a Resolution of the
> Council of the Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church. This approval
> is recorded in the official record of the Council -- the Journal.
> Patriarch signs the official Journal, after which the decision isPatriarch.<
> official and is binding on the Church.
> > Therefore the Document is officially the policy of the Church of
> Russia and that has been confirmed by the signature of the
> Father bless!
> Thank you for this information. Finally, I would ask: Is
> there any known record of the Synodal *vote* on this
> document, i.e., which Bishops were in favor of it, and which
> against or who abstained? I would like to know if there is
> any record indicating that Patriarch Alexy voted in favor of
> this document, though I do regard it as significant that He
> did sign the final result. Or would the record of the actual
> vote be regarded as part of the Synod's "minutes," which are
> not made public?
> Thank you, Father, for any further information. You are one
> of the few people who can answer questions of this kind, and
> I am most appreciative that you are taking the time to answer
> my questions--questions I am ask in all sincerity and honesty.
> Athanasios Jayne