At the beginning of September (n.s.) Bartholomew called together a “Synaxis of the Patriarchates and the Autocephalous Church of Cyprus" at the Phanar in order to coordinate their efforts for the First Ecumenistic Council which they plan to convene shortly. At it, they will most certainly have to deal with a conflict with the Patriarchate of Moscow concerning primacy, but also they will proclaim the heresy of Ecumenism with an alleged synodal decision of Ecumenical (or rather Ecumenistic) force. This is shown by the following excerpt from the message addressed to the faithful of their churches.
“Let us therefore intensify the inter-Christian and inter-religious dialogue for reconciliation. For years the Ecumenical Patriarchate has supported inter-religious dialogue with the other two monotheistic religions according to the decision of the Third Pre-Synodal Pan-Orthodox Conference (1986). We welcome and support this effort especially in these difficult days when violence shakes the land in which the commandment of love and the message of peace were first heard.”
What dialogue of reconciliation? Christians do not need dialogue to convince them to coexist peacefully; the Gospel is clear about this. The Muslims and Jews with whom they wish to intensify dialogue officially through their representatives have no objection to this. But the dialogue is intended to instill in the peoples’ consciousnesses the theory that “the three monotheistic religions” worship the same God. Perhaps the Ecumenists do worship the same god that the other religions worship. This is not, however, the true God which the Orthodox worship.
In this way we can explain the following dichotomy: The Patriarchs show such great love to their brother Papists and Protestants and Muslims whom they take every opportunity to embrace passionately while they simultaneously become enraged at the mere thought of the Genuine Orthodox Christians or the Esphigmenites. Then, of course, they forget everything they said about peaceful coexistence and they are ready to launch a “Holy War”. Perhaps, in the inter-religious dialogues, instead of the Christians influencing the Muslims, the opposite has taken place.
Translated from the Greek
“Trust ye not in princes, in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.”
We mustn’t have absolute trust in human beings for our salvation, no matter what dignity they have. Human beings are changeable. Today they are saints, tomorrow—deniers. Today—sinners, tomorrow—righteous. We must have absolute trust in God, and in Him we must base our hopes of salvation. “Blessed is he of whom the God of Jacob is his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” (Psalm 145:5). Read more...
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church is a beautiful mission parish near downtown Tucson, a city in southern Arizona. It was started in 1997 by Father John Bockman, who was a missionary Priest formerly serving missions in Tennessee and Massachusetts since 1990. Father John served the faithful in Tucson and the surrounding area in his home Chapel until his repose in November of 2000. His wife, Presbytera Valerie, continued to make her home Chapel available for the mission, with clergy from Saint Nectarios Orthodox Church in Seattle and His Eminence, Metropolitan Moses of Toronto (then of Portland), visiting to provide the Divine Services.Read more...
Q. In considering becoming part of the GOC in America, I am getting warnings from various circles that the attitude of GOC people is that of being “walled off,” “arrogant,” “judgmental,” and “in your face” toward those not in the Genuine Orthodox Church, with accusations such as “World Orthodox” priests are “not even Christians” and the like. Could you give me your personal, realistic assessment of this dynamic and possibly refer me to an official statement on how GOC members should and do relate to and communicate with those in “World Orthodoxy”? Read more...