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Re: [orthodox-synod] Next Stop Tbilisi - I was there too

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  • Fr. Steven Ritter
    Thank you Fr. Gregory, for clarifying this. Your memory is most certainly better than mine. Fr. Steven
    Message 1 of 24 , Mar 27, 2001
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      Thank you Fr. Gregory, for clarifying this. Your memory is most certainly
      better than mine.

      Fr. Steven

      "Fr. Gregory Williams" wrote:

      > >--- "Fr. Steven Ritter" <frsteven@...>
      > >> Then I would say we have another case of Peter not
      > >> telling Paul what is going
      > >> on. At the clergy conference last November in
      > >> Atlanta, Vladika Gabriel
      > >> announced that we had indeed sought relations with
      > >> the Georgian Church and
      > >> that they had rebuffed us because of our
      > >> relationship with Cyprian of Fili. I
      > >> was not the only one who heard this--twenty-odd
      > >> other clergy were also
      > >> present.
      > >
      > >Well, it's quite possible that I had wax-build up in
      > >my hears that day, but I don't remember Bishop Gabriel
      > >saying that. What I do remember, on the other hand,
      > >was Fr. Victor telling us about his trip to Georgia
      > >and that they had removed themselves from the WCC and
      > >that church life and piety was growing there. He also
      > >said that if we were to discuss having relations with
      > >them, one of the things that would have to be
      > >addressed was Fili's presence in Georgia.
      > >
      > >But I could be remembering incorrectly...
      > >
      > >Fr. Mark
      >
      > My recollection is that Bishop Gabriel told us, not that any "rebuff"
      > had occurred, but rather that we were aware that Met. Cyprian's
      > action in establishing a parish in Georgia had greatly offended the
      > Catholicos, and that this would almost certainly be a major obstacle
      > in any attempt to re-establish communion: in other words, future
      > problem to be addressed, not past rejection to be dealt with.
      > --
      > --Fr. Gregory Williams
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