Re: [orthodox-synod] Re: ROCOR, OCA and the MP [was:Fr. John Shaw and MP]
- In a message dated 6/17/2003 2:48:25 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> Where are the schismatic, Nick Zaharov?Where is the schismatic I am asked? Since I am asked, I will try to answer
to the best of my ability.
The schismatic is there, where there is a defrocked priest or bishop (whether
rightfully or wrongfully judged) who continues to serve. The schismatic is
there, where a bishop chooses to defy his higher church administration and
creates his own church structure.
Suspension and deposition are bound by the power of the Holy Spirit, which
our bishops carry to "bind and loose every bond of unrighteosnous." Synodal
decisions are empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Thus, it reasons that continuing to serve while under suspension or after
deposition is not so much a sin against a father-bishop, but rather one against
the Holy Spirit.
I hope I have spoken correctly.
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