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Saturday, 14 November 2009

MP may Terminate its Dialogue with the EKD, Due to their Election of a Female Bishop as Head

Margot Kässmann

Margot Kässmann (1958- ), recently-elected head of the EKD. By its agreement with Nashotah House, SVS approved such (for Nashotah House is in a body headed by a female bishop)… reflect on that. Do recall JP’s smiles in the PR snaps… he expressed approval for such as well. Lord, have mercy!

The MP may end its dialogue with the Evangelical (Lutheran) Church in Germany (EKD). “After the EKD elected a female bishop, Margot Kässmann, as its head, continuation of the dialogue of the MP with that body in the form in which it was until now, is now impossible”, Fr Georgy Zavershinsky, the head of the MP Department for External Church Relations press service, said in an interview with our Interfax-Religion correspondent. He told us, “The Church, according to the ancient canons, cannot be led by a woman, just as it cannot ordain women as priests or bishops. This raises many questions about protocol. The First Hierarch of the MP cannot call a woman the head of any church”. At the same time, he added that dialogue of the MP with the EKD becomes impossible in the form in which it has evolved over the past 50 years. “However, it is not impossible to rule out other forms of dialogue, we’ve not made any official statements on that, yet. These forms are vague, now; we shall decide it more precisely in future. This question is very serious, and, of course, we should consider it as a fit topic for a ruling from the First Hierarch of the MP”, Fr Georgy said.

12 November 2009

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=32864

Editor’s Note:

What shall the Renovationist commandos at SVS do when KMG issues a statement about how Orthodox should treat heterodox bodies headed by women? It directly refers to its freshly inked concordat with Nashotah House, as Nashotah House is under the TEC, whose head is Katharine Jefferts-Schori. In the words of Fr Georgy, “Continuation of the dialogue of [Orthodox] with that body in the form in which it was until now, is now impossible”. In short, both JP and Hatfield (and their puppeteer Benjamin Peterson) spat on the Church barefaced and with full malice aforethought. Their agreement with a body headed by Ms Jefferts-Schori flies in the face of the mind of the Church as expressed so well by Fr Georgy (who is an official voice of the MP). They should bear in mind that the MP can withdraw the Tomos of Autocephaly from the OCA, a document that the other Local Churches do NOT accept, in any case.

This is far deeper than most realise… it means that the MP has decided to defend traditional practise and interpretations over the modernist notions of the professoriate at certain Orthodox seminaries in the West. Are we going to finally lay to rest the ghost of Aleksandr Vvedensky (do recall that ADS spoke of him with approval) and bid adieu to his Mad Hatter fancy of a “Living Church”? Are we going to cancel out ADS’ crack-brained (but, beautifully packaged) resuscitation of his noxious heresy? I have no idea of how this is going to work out… I know that we are on the brink of “events”, that is all. All that we can do is to play our parts, according to our abilities and station. God have mercy on us all.

BMD

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