Fears of French clergy
- Dear List,
A few times on this forum, Father Alexander Lebedeff requested
details about what exactly was considered as unacceptable by the
French clergy about Vl Ambrose's conduct of Church affairs.
So far, my replies have not been approved by the Moderator for
technical reasons. I submit thus the following posting, which is more
in line with the standards of this forum.
Among the facts that disturbed the French clergy are those listed
below. As anybody will understand, they are documented public events
that were witnessed by many. Their occurring, I understand, is not
challenged by Vl Ambrose. What he would dispute, I guess, is their
interpretation. I am sure that Vl Ambrose has become more prudent in
these matters since the recent dramatic developments that we have
seen in our Church.
- On the 29th of June 1995, Vl. Ambrose participated in full
vestments in the service of laying the first stone of the new
Rumanian church in Geneva, concelebrating with metropolitan
Damaskinos of the Patriarchate of Constantinople (the leader of
ecumenistic dialogues) and metropolitan Seraphim of the Patriarchate
of Bucharest. Vl Ambrose jointly signed the grammata sealed in the
stone. This took place at the time when in Paris our clergy was
desperately trying to preserve the Rumanian community under our Synod
from the attacks of those same official Churches.
- In Geneva, from 1994 onwards, Vl. Ambrose knew that the main priest
of the cathedral, F. Pavel Tsvetkoff, had continual contacts with
M.P. clergy and even had discreetly concelebrated with them in
- In April 2000, Vl Ambrose blessed the organisation of a discussion
group aimed at preparing a pro-M.P change in the cathedral's
statutes and had several meetings with metropolitan Cyrill
(Gundiaev) of Smolensk.
- Vl. Ambrose stated that the obstacle between MP and ROCA was
- Vl. Ambrose explained that there was already a commission to unite
the M.P with our Church and that the obstacles of the New Martyrs and
of sergianism had already been resolved. Since that time, the pro-MP
faction took over the legal control of the cathedral, changed the
statutes, and has shown by several votes that they want and are ready
to join the MP.
- Vl Ambrose let the Geneva cathedral choir sing psalms with a
Jewish choir at the Conservatoire on a Sunday during Great Lent.
My purpose in offering this information is in no way to cause
passions to flare up again, nor to accuse Vl Ambrose, but to invite
all to understand better a conflict that can be resolved, in my
opinion, by well conceived economia and love in Christ. Defrocking is
not the solution, in my opinion.
A schism is worse than heresy. We were not able to prevent it from
happening. Passively letting the schism continue to be is a sin too.
Let us not add this sin to those that we already commited. Let us do
all that is in our power to resolve the separation that has
devastated our dear Church.
I am just a layman, but I want to participate in this humble capacity
as much as I can. May the learned theologians forgive my ignorance
and help me learn to understand better spiritual matters.
We all need peace and reunion. This is God's will.