Voices from Russia

Friday, 25 June 2010

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev Thinks that an all-Orthodox Council may be Possible in the Next Few Years

This pixie dust is more substantial than any “all-Orthodox Council”… we’ll not see such in our day… you can bank on that.

An all-Orthodox Council bringing together all the Local Churches may be possible in the next few years. “Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who is the first amongst equals amongst the Orthodox peoples, set out to hold this council in the next few years. When he recently visited Moscow, he said that he would like to convene it within a year or two, at the maximum, in three years “, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, the head of the MP Department for External Church Relations, told reporters on Thursday in Warsaw. In late May, when Patriarch Bartholomew visited Russia, he said that he had decided to accelerate the process of preparing an all-Orthodox Council, noting that the outcome of this historic event “would have great significance for the entire Orthodox world”, according to a post on the website of the MP DECR. Preparation for such a council started back in the 1960s. Meetings of all-Orthodox Pre-Conciliar committees and preparatory commissions have met for discussions. This council would have to resolve the questions requiring a common all-Church solution that have accumulated over the centuries since the last, and Seventh, Ecumenical Council. There have been four Pan-Orthodox Pre-Conciliar Consultations (Chambésy, 1976, 1982, 1986, and 2009) and six meetings of preparatory committees (Geneva, 1971; Chambésy, 1986, 1990, 1993; 1999, and 2009). The long break in the convening of preparatory meetings was due to the complications in inter-Orthodox relations caused by disagreements between the MP and the EP on ecclesiastical jurisdiction in Estonia. A meeting of First Hierarchs and other representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches in October 2008 in Istanbul made possible the resumption of inter-Orthodox cooperation in the preparation of an all-Orthodox Council.

24 June 2010



Editor’s Note:

The Boy Wonder’s disconnect with reality is profound and deep. Whenever he talks with reporters, he shoots off his mouth, usually, to end shooting himself in the foot. When the journalists involved press him to the mat, as the Der Spiegel guys did, he has a hissy fit. This is complete and utter hooey… it’s not reported on the main MP website. It’s only on the Boy Blunder’s website, but The Three Stooges (Reardon, Jacobses, and Stokoe) will pick this up and trumpet about a “forthcoming Council”.

Use the brain that God gave you. If there was going to be an announcement about an upcoming all-Orthodox Council, it would be made in Moscow, in the course of a service at the Khram Spasitelya, and His Nibs Himself would proclaim it. There would be full news coverage, Vlad Legoida would have full press packets prepared for the journalists, and you would have people like President Medvedev, Prime Minister Putin, Lyubov Slishka, and Vladimir Yakunin giving their considered opinion on the upcoming event. A thorough and vigorous campaign in the Church and secular media would precede it. None of that has happened. This is nothing but 24-carat BS and solid gold malarkey. Hilarion Valerievich is smoking some badass weed and I want to know who his contact is… judging by the results, it’s arse-kicking stuff.

All kidding aside… let’s be serious. Bart was in Moscow… why didn’t he say this? Why didn’t KMG? You’re asking me to believe that KMG and Bart left it all up to the Boy Wonder to announce this development in a minor visit to Warsaw a month after Bart’s departure… RIGHT. Treebeard the Ent has more reality than this statement. He certainly makes more sense…

Don’t be hasty!

(Shaking my head in wonderment at it all) It does take ALL kinds, doesn’t it? Covering Orthodoxy is NEVER boring.

By the way… if you believe that everything with his name on it was written by the Boy Blunder, do think again. No one has the time to be a full-time church bureaucrat who flits all over the globe and have the time to write books or compose music. I’ll say this… it speaks highly of the gullibility of the average English-speaking convert. All of Moscow knows that this poseur uses a ringer in the Gnessin to do most of the scutwork in his musical compositions. It shows you how superficial suburban Americans are… they’re bowled over by his impeccable English and his “credentials”. He’s nothing but an “empty suit”… and a particularly vacuous one at that.


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