Erosion of the evil nature of schism
- Dear List,
Regarding the fact that we should not follow a schismatic, our Church
is in total agreement with the following recommendations.
"Do not err, my brethren: if anyone follow a schismatic, he will not
inherit the Kingdom of God. If any man walk about with strange
doctrine, he cannot lie down with the passion. Take care, then, to
use one Eucharist, so that whatever you do, you do according to God:
for there is one Flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ, and one cup in the
union of His Blood; one altar, as there is one bishop with the
presbytery and my fellow servants, the deacons."
(St. Ignatius Of Antioch, Epistle to the Philadelphians, 3:2-4:1, 110
However, some clergy direct us to follow the MP schism, suggest that
we recognise it as our mother Church and have communion with the
Eulogian schism. They call schismatic those who "have a right to
claim the honour due to Orthodox Christians", that is those who do
not follow them in that path.
« As for those, however, who separate from their bishop before a
synodical investigation because he himself is preaching some
misbelief and heresy publicly, not only are not subject to the above
penances, but have a right to claim the honor due to Orthodox
Christians according to c. XV of the 1st & 2nd. Interpretation (of
Ss. Nikodemos and Agapios).
Here are some typical views of Saint John Chrysostomos that will help
us to realize the gravity of the matter:
"Nothing so provokes God to anger as the division of the Church."
"The most pernicious of all things is to split the Church."
"To cause a schism in the Church is not a lesser evil than to fall
"Not even the blood of martyrdom avails to wipe out this sin."
"Unfortunately, some Orthodox laymen, even, alas, many priests (and
hierarchs) have subjected themselves to this state of gracelessness,
although still retaining the outward appearance of the church
services and the apparent performance of the Mysteries.
(from a paschal encyclical of Vladyka Anthony's, 1934)
The schismatic nature of the Eulogian "jurisdiction" and of the MP is
well known. Is it not interesting to see that senior priests and
hierarchs imply "with bare (uncovered) head", having the meaning
of "openly", or perhaps more accurately "without feeling
ashamed", "brazenly", that, however terrible schism may be, it looses
its malignant nature with time and becomes true orthodoxy again after
a certain time even without any repentence?
Is this being in communion with our dear Orthodox Church Abroad?
If the senior priests and hierarchs who promote our union with the MP
and the Eulogians (in spite of their not repenting whatsoever),
maintain that the French clergy is schismatic, we can expect that it
will just take some time for this "schism" to cease being one in
- From: "vkozyreff" <vladimir.kozyreff@...>
Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 08:52:09 -0000
>Regarding the fact that we should not follow a schismatic, our ChurchYou *do* realize that the SCOBA churches consider *us* to be schismatic, don't you???
>is in total agreement with the following recommendations....
Margaret the sinner
Glory to God for all things!