public statements ecclesial

A new draft Catechism of the Moscow Patriarchate states:
“The Church condemns those who, using unreliable information, deliberately distort the mission of the Orthodox Church to the non-Orthodox world and deliberately slander the Church’s hierarchy, accusing it of ‘treason to Orthodoxy.’ To such people, who sow seeds of temptation among ordinary believers, one should apply canonical rebukes ….
“Participation in the ecumenical movement has always been based on the Orthodox Tradition, on the decisions of the Holy Synods of the Local Orthodox Churches and all-Orthodox meetings … Participants are unanimous in their understanding of the need to continue participating in various forms of inter-Christian activities. “
 
The draft of the new Catechism was unanimously approved by the MP Synodal Biblical and Theological Commission (under the guidance of the well-known MP ecumenist and head of the Department of External Church Affairs, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev).  In February of 2016, the MP Bishops’ Council decided to send the draft Catechism to ROCOR-MP, various MP schools and institutions, and other autonomous bodies under the MP.  November 2017 is when any changes to the document will no longer be accepted. 
This would even more formally and firmly enshrine ecumenism in the official views of the MP , as well as penalizing those within it that condemn such participation. Even the milquetoast criticism of the ‘fighting from within’ figures would become subject to ‘canonical rebuke’.  If this document passes fully in the MP, it will provide a final tool to stamp out any smoldering embers against ecumenism that chose to remain within the MP.
July 24, 2017

Proposed Moscow Patriarchate Catechism: Opponents of Ecumenism Should be Subject to “Canonical Rebuke”

A new draft Catechism of the Moscow Patriarchate states: “The Church condemns those who, using unreliable information, deliberately distort the mission of the Orthodox Church to […]
July 8, 2017

Fr. Victor Melehov’s Letter to a Parishioner on Bishop Stefan of Trenton

NFTU: We were requested by two RTOC clergy to post the following letter by Fr. Victor Melehov, Protopresbyter of the RTOC, to a parishioner in which […]
June 14, 2017

Abp. Andronik and Abp. Sophrony Consecrate New Bishop; Bp. Stefan Gives Consent

According to Bp. Stefan of Trenton’s official website Hegumen Andrei (Erastov) was consecrated a Bishop on this past Feast of Pentecost. Bp. Andrei was consecrated to be […]
May 9, 2017

Inter-Conciliar Committee of Abp. Andronik Responds to Accusations of “Ecumenism”

Source: http://www.rocana.org/page/home.en/375 On Radonitsa [the Tuesday after Thomas Sunday] on April 25, Vladyka. Andronik, Fr. Grigory Kotlaroff, Fr. Victor Zavodov and Hierodeacon Pavel Lipin were dining at […]