Synod of TOC-R adds “Name-Fighting” to list of Heresies With Support of Luriyites; Communion Near Rupture

worldofmetropolitanrafailMetropolitan Raphael and his Synod have added the bizarre claim of “Name Fighting” to a list of heresies alongside ecumenism and Sergianism, according to the Synod’s websites and other reports.

According to both the Synod website and, which actively promotes name-worshipping with funding from Gleb Pavlovsky, the Synod has voted to “restore” the “proper worship” of God’s Name, condemning the Synods which have  condemned the heresy of name-worshipping in the early 20th century.

The website pegged it correctly: “….[name-worshipping] was condemned in 1913 as heresy by the Sacred Community of Mount Athos, as well as the Eastern Patriarchs and Sacred Synod of Constantinople and the Russian Churche. Later, in October 1918, the conviction was reconfirmed name-worshiping by Patriarch Tikhon (Belavin) with the Synod. Thus, TOC (R) condemned as a heretic and the holy Patriarch Tikhon, which derive from its branches all the historical continuity of the CPI.”

Metropolitan John of North & South America and the British Isles, who issued a response to Metropolitan Raphael’s “name-worshipping epistle” last week, expressed surprise among hearing the news: “If this is true, this is unacceptable. If this is the case, we will seek confirmation of their beliefs, under the assumption that this was the work of enemies of the Church.” Metropolitan John, who was invited to go or send representatives to the celebration of Synodal unity, declined to send any delegates citing prior commitments. When asked, he confirmed that the Synod could not remain in communion with open heretics.