Re: [orthodox-synod] Next Stop Tbilisi - I was there too
- Thank you Fr. Gregory, for clarifying this. Your memory is most certainly
better than mine.
"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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