RTA: Orthodox Confession part 1
- In reviewing some nearly lost archives of the ORTHODOX
list I ran across this letter sent during this same
spiritual season 7 years ago on the Sunday of Holy
Pentecost June 6, 1994.
A LETTER OF ORTHODOX CONFESSION by Archimandrite Adrianos, former
Confessor and Elder at the Monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai
1) THE NECESSITY OF AN ORTHODOX CONFESSION
It is truly good and sweet for Monastics to live a life of prayful
stillness, and what is more, this is their calling. However, when times
are difficult, as they are today, when the spiritual Ship of the Holy
Orthodox Church is suffering the deadly plagues of the last times, to
acquiesce is a denial of the Faith, and the lack of a consistent
confession in deed and word is completely inexcusable.
St. Theodore the Studite is very clear and unambiguous: "For it is a
commandment of the Lord that we should not keep silent at a time when
the Faith is in peril. Hence when it is a matter of Faith, one cannot
say, 'Who am I?' A priest, perhaps? So what? A farmer? This, too, is
beside the point. A pauper, perhaps, who only provides his daily
sustenance? '...I have no stake or interest in the matter.' Woe, the
stones would cry out, and you are silent and unconcerned?" (Epistle
II.81; PG 99:1321B).
Unfortunately, the shepherds of the official Church, when they are not
preaching in an un-Orthodox manner, keep their lips closed in sinful
silence. This is precisely what academic theology is doing. I hoped in
my prayers that some barrage and censure would be directed against all
of the uncanonical and un-Orthodox activities which are taking place in
the Church, and which are increasing day by day at a most alarming rate
rather than diminishing.
2) UN-ORTHODOX PHILOPAPISM
Everyone is aware of the so-called "dialogue of love," which the
unfortunate Patriarch Athenagoras inaugurated and which his like-minded
successors Demetrios and Bartholomew have continued, with the heretical
and anti-Greek Pope.
The Holy Hieromartyr and Equal-to-the-Apostles Cosmas of Aitolia
denounces the Pope of Rome as ANTICHRIST and urges us to curse him for
all of the tribulations which, on his account, will assail our blessed
nation and our Holy Orthodoxy.
The Latin-minded Patriarch Athenagoras preached that the Orthodox
Church, prior to him, was in error, and he officially lifted the
anathemas against pan-heretical Papism, while the Papophiles who have
continued his anti-Orthodox course formally proclaimed only last year in
Balamand, Lebanon, that Papism and Orthodoxy are "Sister Churches" in
the full sense of the term.
The deceitful slogans and sermons concerning love and peace overlook the
true unity of the Faith, and promote a love without Truth, even though
Love and Truth are inseparable.
The great Joseph Bryennios writes the following about this false peace:
"It is good for all to be at peace, as long as they agree on piety...,
because there is evil concord just as there is good concord. For to
those for whom friendship is an occasion for perdition, hatred becomes
the basis for virtue. And disagreement for the sake of dispassion is
better than agreement" (The Complete Works of Joseph Bryennios, Vol.1,
4) SINAI'S FALL INTO ECUMENISM
For thirty consecutive years I served faithfully at the Holy Monastery
of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai, where God walked. I was a daily Priest,
a Spiritual Father, a chanter, and a hermit at the Holy Hesychasterion
of the Monk-Martyrs Galaction and Episteme.
For many years I endured the insults and slights that came forth from
the Patriarchate of Constantinople against the spotless Bride of Christ,
the Most Holy Orthodox Church!
I exercised oikonomia for a period of time, awaiting - albeit in vain -
the repentence and return of the innovators to the correct path.
However, the spirit of heretical Ecumenism has soaked to the marrow not
only the clergy of the Phanar, but unfortunately also the clergy of
other local Orthodox Churches, the official Church of Greece being no
Unfortunately Damianos, the Archbishop and Abbot of the Holy Monastery
of Sinai, was also attacked by the virus of ecumenism, and, in
particular, he ceased to commemorate Patriarch Diodoros of Jerusalem
after the relevant decision of the so-called "Great and Extraordinary
Synod" of the Phanar, which was directed in a spirit of persecution
against His Beatitude in July of 1993.
In this way, Archbishop Damianos sides with the friends of Papism and
Protestantism, prays with them, and contributes to the apostasy of
I personally, as much as other Fathers of the Monastery, in private and
in gatherings, censured him, because we could not tolerate joint prayers
with innovators and friends of heretics.
However, he "did not want to understand." He continued and continues to
preach with bared head in words and deeds whatever the Latin-minded
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and the others who hold the same
views preach and practice. And not only that, he publicly insults the
Spiritual Father of the Holy Monastery of St. Catherine, Patriarch
Diodoros, in an unseemly fashion.
We reproached Archbishop Damianos, who had deviated terribly, for
unjustifiably breaking off commemoration of the Patriarch of Jerusalem,
insofar as those living in the Monastery are canonically obligated to
commemorate the Presiding Bishop of the Holy City, Jerusalem, since from
its creation the Holy Monastery of St. Catherine has been spiritually
subject to the Patriarch of Jerusalem;... but to no avail!
5) THE TERMINATION OF MY RELATIONS WITH THE "OFFICIAL" ORTHODOX
In the light of all these considerations, and of many others which are
neither written down nor described, I decided to break ecclesiastical
communion with St. Catherine's and to relieve myself of my
My soul is distressed, brethren, Fathers, and children beloved in the
Lord, because Holy Orthodoxy is being beheaded by the sword of
ecumenism. Holy things are being given to dogs and the Pearl is being
trampled by swine.
I abandoned the security of the Holy Monastery of St. Catherine and went
forth into the struggle, because it was not possible for me to do
Orthodoxy was in peril; Piety, our Mother, was being blasphemed; the
worship handed down by the Fathers was being betrayed. How could I put
up with this, when I had been fighting for Orthodoxy for the whole of my
life up till the present?
I went to Australia to meet my brother (according to the flesh), and
there I preached against ecumenism and all heresies. From the pulpit I
censured all those who undertake joint prayers and dialogues with the
Papists, the ecumenists, and heretics of every kind.
The Papophile and ecumenist Archbishop Stylianos was very bothered,
since his views were not in accordance with what the Sacred Canons of
our Holy Orthodox Church prescribe.
Naturally, I did not go to take a blessing from the impious Archbishop
Stylianos, because he preaches with bared head the pan-heresy of
ecumenism and blasphemes the Name of the Holy Trinity with his
I did the very same thing during my visit to Canada, because Bishop
Sotiros of Toronto, a subordinate of the arch-ecumenist Iakovos, has the
same views as Archbishop Stylianos. About the unfortunate Archbishop
Iakovos, what can I say? His un-Orthodox views have been notorious for