Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Censored from Fr. Gregory not published

The Relics of St. Euphemia, Cathedral of St. George, Phanar

FR. GREGORY"S REPLY:Angela, Your words are inappropriate and unacceptable. While you are welcome to disagree with the OCA or me, the charges of schism and heresy are not yours to make and undermine your credibility. In Christ, +Fr Gregory
MY REPLY: Fr. Gregory, My sins are many but omission and silence is not numbered among them.
"The word schism (IPA: /ˈsɪzəm/ or /ˈskɪzəm/), from the Greek σχίσμα, skhísma (from σχίζω, skhízō, "to tear, to split"), means a split or a division, usually in an organization or a movement. A schismatic is a person who creates or incites schism in an organization or who is a member of a splinter group. The word is most frequently and usefully used about a religious division that occur with a religious body with a defined organisation and hierarchy."
"A "heretic" is simply one who maintains a "heretical doctrine." In this instance regarding autocelphaly. The sincerity and good will of the "heretic" is not in question. Nevertheless, attacks made by Met. Jonah attacking the Ecumenical Patriarchate and against the Mother Church will not go unanswered.
As Archbishop Chrysostomos points out: [W]e must realize that the Orthodox Church is "catholic." It is meant for everyone. When, therefore, we seek to protect those within the Church from the bacterium of non-Orthodox belief..[In this case that of rebellion against the Ecumenical Patriarchate.]we must be constantly aware that this is for the purpose also of preserving Orthodoxy as a pure standard for all those who confess...
Furthermore, to lovingly help a Christian see the errors in the teachings that they hold especially those in the unique position of leadership is necessary. It is an act of love. If i fail to speak the truth i merely confirms the error. (Excerpts taken from the writings of St. Maximus the Confessor).

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