Re: Excerpt from Letter of St.Metr.Philaret to Archb.Anthony of Geneva
It is now Good Friday morning in Singapore and I do not have time (or
inclination, actually) to reply in details to the points various
people raise. However, before I start the Royal Hours could I just
say to the person who said I quoted Metropolitan Philaret, of blessed
memory, and 'truncate' according to taste, that I have never quoted
him on this list, or any other, though there are many who do. You are
either, I hope, mistaking me for someone else, or being deliberately
mischievous (which I hope not!)
To the others, and especially Rdr Vladimir, may I apologise for not
making myself clear. I meant that when personal opinion and official
documents contradict, then we should always take the latter as
authoritative. This has happened in the past (and will no doubt
happen in the future) and Fr Alexander Lebedev, among others, has
shewn this to be the case quite clearly on many occasions.
I am surprised that contributors as erudite and well-read as have
responded to my message, should retreat to the argument - Saints
proclaim the teaching of the Church; Metropolitan Philaret, of
blessed memory, is a Saint; therefore everything the Metropolitan
wrote or said is the teaching of the Church. Surely we all learnt a
long time ago that this sort of syllogism does not hold water.
May God bless you all and keep you well / Fr Daniel
May God bless you all and keep you well.