My deep apologies
- Christ is Risen!
On a personal note, after much soul-searching and prayer and
reflection on the way I have lived my life these past eight years, I
have realized that I had become an extremist. I sinned greatly in
abandoning the hierarch under whom I came into the Holy Orthodox
Church, Archbishop DMITRI of Dallas and the South of the Orthodox
Church in America. I have sought to be restored to communion with him,
the OCA and the community of the world's Orthodox Churches, and soon
will ask his forgiveness.
What led me to this was my observation of the actions of the various
"true" Orthodox churches towards each other... as many have pointed
out to me on these lists (but I did not listen), unless they are
temporarily together, whether criticizing admittedly wrong actions or
statements by some in the world's Orthodox Churches or unjustly
attacking them, they are at each others throats like a horde of
Kilkenney Cats. I remember I was shocked when I visited a Matthewite
service and was told by some of those present that they did not expect
unity among the true Orthodox and - he said later - were not
interested in unity.
I can not imagine St. Maximos the Confessor, for all that he was firm
against real and final heresy, speaking of those who would have shared
with him the same Orthodox Faith the way these "true" Orthdoox speak
of each other.
As well, I have read with horror the extolling of "isolation" as the
way to go on that list. Orthodoxy is unity and communion in the truth,
not isolation. The world's Orthodox Churches may have their problems,
and even some within them who have perosnally sold out to Ecumenism
(for the record, I am not an ecumenist. I believe absolutely that the
Orthodox Church is the one and only True Church of Christ, and that
the other Christian denominations while they may have some correct
knowledge are *not* any part of the Church), but these problems have
to be fought from within. In the Service of Crowning, the epistle
reading tells how St. Paul relates the church and marriage. In a
marriage, one does not automatically divorce (leave one's bishop/break
communion) without working from within the marriage to correct the
And, in fact, the actions of the Church of Greece recently in refusing
joint services with the RC pope, the Church of Georgia in leaving the
WCC... these problems are being corrected, by and through the Grace of
God Who has said that He will never desert His Church.
I remember I spoke against the Georgian Church, doubting the sincerity
of its withdrawal from the WCC... I also remembr listening to the OT
reading on the morning of Pascha, when Jonah was so upset that the
Ninevites actually did what God told them to do. I had been like
By far the majority of my actions and writings, particularly on the
Internet, have not been exemplary at all. I believe I have hurt many
people, and so I would like to take this opportunity to ask
forgiveness of all whom I have scandalized, in whatever Orthodox
jurisdiction but most especially the OCA and the Russian Orthodox
Church, by my actions and words.
Particularly do I want to extend an apology to Bishop Tikhon publicly
on the lists, since it was here I named him an enemy of ROCOR. He is
not. Rather, say that he is an enemy of the sectarianism I was
espousing. Also, my apologies to Bishop Gabriel for being a thorn in
his side, to Fr. Seraphim Holland and to Fr. Maximos. I'm sure there
are many otehrs whom I am not remembering.
Also, my apologies to Mary Stolzenback, particularly since I actually
met her albeit briefly, when I was rooming with Lee Carson in
To Michael Bishop: You were right all along.
In closing all I can do is ask forgiveness and say that my future
participation on these fora will be - as Dr. Bob Holderer asked many
times - more profitable.
Reader Constantine Wright (GOA)
St. Philothea Church, Athens GA