Re: Patriarch Alexy Wishes Success to Ecumenists
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Athanasios Jayne"
>Thanks for the link Athanasios.
> From the official website of the Moscow Patriarchate:
> His Holiness the Patriarch Meets Taize Delegation
> Patriarch Alexy: "I wish from all my heart that his cause
> may continue successfully', he said." [referring to "Brother
> Roger," founder of Taize, and to his cause]
> "He [Patriarch Alexy] also said the Russian Orthodox Church
> is open for dialogue and cooperation with Taize."
> What is "Taize"? What is the "cause" that Patriarch Alexy
> wishes "from all his heart" will continue successfully?
> What is it that the Patriarch is open to cooperating with?
> See for yourself at Taize's website: http://www.taize.fr/en
> "Taizé, in the south of Burgundy, France, is the home of an
> international, ecumenical community, founded there in 1940
> by Brother Roger. The brothers are committed for their whole
> life to material and spiritual sharing, to celibacy, and to
> a great simplicity of life. Today, the community is made up
> of over a hundred brothers, Catholics and from various
> Protestant backgrounds, from more than twenty-five nations.
> At the heart of daily life in Taizé are three times of
> prayer together."
> Taize (for anyone who doesn't know) is, and always has
> been, a pre-eminent, if not THE pre-eminent icon of
> Ecumenism, whose whole spirit is one of Ecumenism. Taize
> itself confesses that "the heart of its daily life" is
> nothing other than inter-heretical, syncretistic joint
> prayers. That is, its "heart" is doing what is absolutely
> contrary to Orthodoxy, and to the Ecumenical canons of
> the Church. Taize's "cause" is nothing but Ecumenism
> itself, as a means of uniting all "Christian Churches"
> into one. This is the "cause" that Patriarch Alexy wishes
> "from all his heart" to continue successfully. This is
> what ROCOR's future First Hierarch is open to cooperating
I followed it to this page: http://www.taize.fr/en_article3590.html ,
where Brother Alois writes of their activities in Russia. I think it
would be relevant to state one of the reasons why the Patriarch
might be grateful to the brotherhood.
Quoting from the article, "During that visit and on the eve of the
profound changes that were to transform the country, Brother Roger
understood still more the enormous needs of the Russian Orthodox
Church in order to exercise its ministry. He grasped that it was
essential to support it. In agreement with the patriarchate, Taizé
had one million copies of the New Testament in Russian printed in
France, in the synodal translation, and at the beginning of 1989 had
them dispatched to Moscow, Kiev, Minsk and Leningrad so that the
Orthodox parishes could distribute them. Three years later, in the
same spirit, Taizé undertook the printing of extracts from the New
Testament in Russian, Bulgarian and Romanian, and had them sent to
the three patriarchates."
One doesn't look a gift horse in the mouth?
PS This brotherhood has its own agenda, granted. But when you're
desperate, you get help where-ever you can. Along the same lines,
The Catholic monks of Chevetogne printed both the square-note
obikhod and triod - very useful, and I assume we're all quite
> Athanasios Jayne
- The Church lives by the Holy Scripture does it not---its Yea is its
Yea and its Nay is its Nay, NO?
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> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "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