Saturday, September 5, 2009
"The Phanar is quite small, the phanariot mentality smaller still"
"The Phanar is quite small, the phanariot mentality smaller still" (Isa)
These words are so hateful and because of this, it is impossible regardless of the facts you float about, to accept your perspective. You represent a polarity which eagerly awaits the day that you will be 'free' of the Mother Churches. It is antithetical on the most basic levels to Orthodoxy. Jesus didn't refute tradition but complied and established the Apostles to the head and they instituted deacons etc. St. Paul is very clear about from whom you take your direction always redirecting the people about who is graced with the privilege of leading the church. Your venomous disregard for the Ecumenical Throne and the Mother Churches is indicative of a renegade; recklessly imposing defiance and disobedience to those that may be impressed by your knowledge. With all your knowledge you have no wisdom, no insight and certainly no respect. You are probably one of the most prideful individuals I have met. I, however do not claim insight or greater understanding then those that have come before me. I bow down to the order of the church and look to the Holy Fathers of the Church the Great Patriarchs for direction. I am not naive enough to believe that all the Patriarch were honorable but that would be their personal problem as the faithful are protected by the rites of the Mysteria. The priesthood not the priest. I do not claim to understand more then Met. Jonah or the hierarchy of any jurisdiction I am however able to state accurately and object to the disorder and disregard for the traditions which have served the faithful and church for generations. Perhaps Met. Jonah will have greater judgment because he should know better and the only reason not to be obedient is personal ambition and ignorance and delusion. There is not a single American saint that can lay claim to the grace in insight of those great leaders. You must understand that there is nothing new under the sun. That with the death and resurrection and ascension of our Lord there is no new revelation of God no new insight. You look back to understand the future. We don't innovate and fashion ways to separate the flock. We complete Christ's mission the Sheppard with his flock, the Vine with his branches etc. The saints of old SS John Chrysostom and Gregory the Theologian, Basil the Great etc create the foundation and provided the framework for Orthodoxy. Jesus is the head the salvation of the world but he in time put these men and others to establish correctly the worship and practice for his people. They were chosen not Saint John Maximovitch or Saint Raphael of Brooklyn. You asked during an earlier posts how many contemporary American Saint the GOA has and implied that the OCA was flourishing with many. Don't you think it is pragmatic for the OCA to 'establish' saints to give credibility to their position? It is a bit too convenient to expedite the canonization of so many contemporary saints. Saints do not arise from prideful disorder or defiance.