Fw: Rumours of Retirement
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From: "valichka" <valichka@...>
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2001 6:57 PM
Subject: Rumours of Retirement
> Message 5043 of 5043
> Date: Fri Jul 13, 2001 10:21 pm
> Subject: Rumours of Retirement
> Well what an interesting week!
> Today I recieved very many phone calls and e-mails asking about the rumour
> the Metropolitan being retired well here is the latest...!
> I just received the call I was waiting for from New York. Here is the
> Archbishop Hilarion apparently leaked it out last night that the
> metropolitan as going to be retired. Then this late morning both
> Larus and Bishop Michael came to the Metropolitan's chambers to try
> and convince him to retire. He refused saying that "there was no suitable
> candidate at this point." Then a little later he was in the council
> with all the other bishops who where trying to convince him to retire...
> he just came out about thirty minutes ago (6:00 P.M. approx.) and he
> has not retired and will not at least until the next sobor in October. So
> are safe until then! Please pass this onto all the lists where these silly
> rumors where posted!
> Fr. Andrew Kencis
> P.S. maybe now Bishop Gabriel will give the metropolitan his full "petty
> allotment" that he cut back last week and the Metropolitan's cellphone
> and cable access. The Metropolitan's antimens where already put back
> the downstairs church... for some reason Archbishop lavra's where
> found on the Altar.
> Forgive me brothers all we want is to work on our salvation in peace
> all this turmoil and temptation to be a part of "worldly orthodoxy"
> Sent: Friday, July 13, 2001 10:48 PM
> Subject: Fw: on Apostasy
> ON APOSTASY
> vladika Averky
> We have neither the strength nor the authority to stop Apostasy, as
> Bishop Ignatius stresses: "Do not attempt to stop it with your weak
> But what then should we do?
> "Avoid it, protect yourself from it, and that is enough for you. Get
> know the spirit of the times, study it so that you can avoid its influence
> whenever possible" this is what the same Bishop Ignatius teaches us.
> And do not his words, written more than 100 years ago and so
> related to our time, exude genuine prophetic inspiration and undoubted
> enlightenment from on high: "Judging by the spirit of the age and the
> intellectual ferment, one must suppose that the structure of the Church,
> which has long been wavering, will collapse terribly and quickly. There is
> one to stop or oppose this. The means adopted to support it are borrowed
> the elements of the world which are hostile to the Church and will hasten
> fall rather than prevent it. May the merciful Lord defend the remnant of
> those who believe in Him. But this remnant is tiny, and it becomes more
> more so."
> Thus we evidently have lived to see this "terrible and quick
> of the structure of the Church!"
> The enemy of the human race is employing all his efforts and all his
> means to pull it down, and he is widely supported in this by open and
> apostates from the true faith and Church, including even those who have
> betrayed their high vocations and oaths as clergymen and even as hierarchs
> heading certain individual churches.
> In truth, we are experiencing a terrible time a time such as has
> never before been seen in the history of Christianity, in the history of
> mankind! A time of almost total instability!
> And insofar as we wish to remain faithful to true Orthodoxy, many
> obligations are placed upon us.
> We must, as Bishop Ignatius instructs us, avoid and protect
> from the Apostasy which is growing so rapidly in the world. We must defend
> ourselves against the corrupting spirit of the times to avoid its
> And to this end we must first of all understand and never forget:
> that at the present time not everything that bears the most holy and
> most dear name of Orthodoxy really is Orthodoxy there now also exists
> pseudo-Orthodoxy, which we must fear and from which we must flee as from
> that true Orthodoxy is only that which does not accept and does not
> permit in anything, either in teaching or in church practices, any sort of
> innovations opposed to the Word of God and the decrees of the Universal
> that true Orthodoxy does not bless and does not indulge modern
> the morality and customs of the modern, corrupt world, which, even more
> than in Apostolic times, is lying in evil, for it is a world which has
> abandoned God;
> that true Orthodoxy considers only pleasing God and saving souls,
> arrangements for temporary, earthly happiness, a career, and earthly
> advantages and possessions;
> that true Orthodoxy is spiritual, not natural and carnal, not
> to the earth, to earthly feelings and experiences.