Archbishop Antony of L.A. on Archbishop St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco
- There has been some discussion about the attitude of Archbishop Antony of
Los Angeles to the Glorification of St. John.
It is best to read the actual words of Archbishop Antony, in an offical
signed document that was presented to the Sobor of Bishops that took place
in Lesna Convent, in France, where expressed his opposition to the
glorification of Archbishop John (Maximovich).
In accordance with the Statutes of the Church Abroad, Archbishop Antony of
L.A. submitted to the Sobor his own written formal dissent--his "Separate
Opinion" detailing the reasons for his opposition.
On the Question of the Canonization of the Most Reverend Archbishop John of
To the Hierarchical Sobor of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Lesna Convent. France.
The performance of miracles, according to the word of Lord Jesus Christ, is
not always an indication of Sainthood (Matt. 7:-21-23) *)
[The asterisk refers to a footnote at the bottom of the page, where
Archbishop Antony gives the full citation from the Gospel]:
*) 21. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in
thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many
23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye
that work iniquity
"With deep sadness I witness, that during the last period of his life in
San Francisco, the Most Reverend Archbishop John openly demonstrated signs
of intolerance and unlove with reagrds to parishioners, without explaining
the reasons. . .
"The saddest thing is not this, since there were saints who were known for
their sinful fallings.
"What is tragic is that there no evidence that prior to his departing this
earth to the judgement of God he had asked forgiveness and had reconciled
himself with those he had offended. It was namely about this circumstance
that Lord Jesus Christ speaks, explaining why miracles sometimes bring
people no benefit.
I"t is necessary to pray and to believe that, for his miracles and good
works, the Lord has accepted the soul of Archbishop John into the heavenly
realms, but it is difficult to accept the notion that Sainthood is
compatible with the absence of love.
. . .
of Los Angeles
Lesna Convent, April 25/ May 7, 1993"
With love in Christ,
Prot. Alexander Lebedeff
P.S. Archbishop Antony of Los Angeles also frequently expressed his strong
opposition to the Anathema againts Ecumenism of 1983--he never allowed it
to be proclaimed on the Sunday of Orthodoxy in our Cathedral and thought
that it was a serious mistake that the Church Abroad would come to regret.