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Re: [orthodox-synod] Re:The meeting of the RC/Orthodox

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  • Joseph Digrande
    After reading the letter of St. Justin- how can the Serbian Church both canonize him and remain in communion with the WCC and the Latins (as far as common
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 11, 2000
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      After reading the letter of St. Justin- how can the
      Serbian Church both canonize him and remain in
      communion with the WCC and the Latins (as far as
      common prayer). Why the theological schizophrenia?
      Also has the New Calendar "Patriarchates" recognized
      the canonization of St. Justin?
      Patriarchates is in quotes because St. Justin has
      supplied the context to put them in quotes.
      Joseph Digrande
      --- Basil <basil2000@...> wrote:
      > [Excerpts from a letter of Father Justin Popovic to
      > the Synod of Bishops of
      > the Serbian Orthodox Church, published in Orthodoxos
      > Typos, June 1, 1975]
      > Your Holiness and Fathers of the Synod, How long
      > shall we continue
      > desecrating our holy Orthodoxy and our Church of
      > Saint Sava by our pitiful
      > and horrifying stance towards ecumenism and the
      > World Council of Churches,
      > which directly opposes Holy Tradition? The stance of
      > the Orthodox Church in
      > relation to heretics---i.e., to all those who are
      > not Orthodox---was
      > established once and for all time by the holy
      > Apostles and the holy Fathers,
      > i.e., by divinely inspired Tradition, uniform and
      > unchangeable. In
      > accordance with this stance, Orthodox are forbidden
      > to participate in any
      > form of common prayer or liturgical services with
      > heretics. 'For what has
      > righteousness to do with lawlessness? Or what
      > fellowship does light have
      > with darkness? What do Christ and Satan have in
      > common? Or what does a
      > believer have to do with an unbeliever?' (2 Cor.
      > 6:14-15).
      > [Father Justin then cites the Holy Canons of the
      > Orthodox Church which
      > forbid Orthodox to participate in ecumenical
      > services and forbid them to
      > receive the blessing of heretics. For example: "Let
      > any Bishop, Priest, or
      > Deacon that merely joins in prayer with heretics be
      > suspended, but if he has
      > permitted them to perform any service as clergymen,
      > let him be deposed"
      > (Canon 45 of the Holy Apostles; see also the 32nd
      > Canon of the Council of
      > Laodicea).]
      > And do heretics not give blessings at those
      > ecumenical gatherings and joint
      > services?---Roman Catholic bishops, priests,
      > Protestant ministers, and even
      > female clergy! These canons of the holy Apostles and
      > Fathers which have been
      > cited have great value even today, and not just in
      > ancient times; they
      > remain unconditionally binding for all of us
      > contemporary Orthodox
      > Christians. They are unconditionally binding in our
      > stance toward Roman
      > Catholics and Protestants. For Roman Catholicism is
      > a many-sided heresy, and
      > the heresies of Protestantism are too numerable to
      > mention ��� Did not St.
      > Sava, seven and a half centuries ago, already speak
      > of 'the Latin heresy'?
      > And how many new heresies has the Pope invented
      > since then, and made them
      > dogma with his 'infallibility.' It is absolutely
      > certain that Roman
      > Catholicism became the pan-heresy with its dogma of
      > papal infallibility. And
      > the celebrated Second Vatican Council did not
      > repudiate this monstrous
      > heresy. On the contrary, it made it even firmer.
      > Therefore, if we Orthodox
      > wish to remain Orthodox, it is our duty to maintain
      > the stance of St. Sava,
      > St. Mark of Ephesus, St. Cosmos of Aitolia, St. John
      > of Kronstadt, and the
      > other holy confessors, martyrs and new-martyrs of
      > the Orthodox Church, in
      > relation to Roman Catholics and Protestants, among
      > whom no one professes the
      > Orthodox belief in two fundamental Christian
      > doctrines, i.e., in the Holy
      > Trinity and in the Church.��� Every true Orthodox
      > Christian, who is instructed
      > under the guidance of the holy Fathers, is overcome
      > with shame when he reads
      > that the Orthodox members of the Fifth Pan-Orthodox
      > Conference in Geneva ���,
      > on the question of the participation of the Orthodox
      > in the work of the
      > World Council of Churches, considered it necessary
      > 'to declare that the
      > Orthodox Church considers itself to be an organic
      > part of the World Council
      > of Churches.' This assertion is apocalyptically
      > horrifying in its
      > un-orthodoxy and anti-orthodoxy. Was it necessary
      > for the Orthodox Church,
      > that most holy Body of the God-Man Christ, to become
      > so debased to such a
      > pitiful degree that its theological
      > representatives---some of whom were
      > Serbian bishops---have begun to beg for 'organic'
      > participation and
      > membership in the World Council of Churches, which
      > will supposedly become a
      > new 'Body' and a new 'Church', which will stand
      > above all other churches, in
      > which the Orthodox Church and the non-orthodox
      > churches will appear only as
      > parts. God forbid! Never before has there been such
      > a betrayal and
      > abandonment of our holy Faith! We are renouncing the
      > Orthodox Faith of the
      > God-Man Christ, and organic ties with the God-Man
      > and His Most Holy Body: we
      > are repudiating the Orthodox Church of the holy
      > apostles, the Fathers, and
      > the Ecumenical Councils---and we wish to become
      > 'organic members' of a
      > heretical, humanistic, humanized and man-worshiping
      > club, which consists of
      > 263 heresies---every one of which is a spiritual
      > death. As Orthodox
      > Christians we are 'members of Christ.' 'Shall I
      > therefore take the members
      > of Christ and make them members of a prostitute?' (1
      > Cor. 6:15). We are
      > doing this by our organic union with the World
      > Council of Churches, which is
      > nothing other than the rebirth of atheistic man, of
      > pagan idolatry. The time
      > has finally come for the patristic Orthodox Church
      > of Saint Sava, the Church
      > of the holy Apostles and Fathers, of the holy
      > confessors, martyrs and
      > new-martyrs, to stop mingling ecclesiastically and
      > hierarchically with the
      > so-called 'World Council of Churches,' and to cast
      > off forever any
      > participation in joint prayer or services, and to
      > renounce general
      > participation in any ecclesiastical dealings
      > whatsoever, which are not
      > self-contained and do not express the unique and
      > unchangeable character of
      > the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church---the
      > Orthodox Church---the
      > only true Church that has ever existed.

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