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Friday, 24 November 2017

24 November 2017. HH Shows Us How to Treat With Anglicans… Fie on All Konvertsy and Their Noxious Hatred

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HH met with Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, at the Danilov Monastery. Let the above image prove to you that the loud bloviations from the konvertsy about Anglicans are pure bullshit. Many of them are ex-Anglican disgrunts… therefore, much of their blather is more hatred of former personal enemies in the Anglican ranks than it’s objective opposition to Anglicanism. Indeed, the relations between Orthodox and Anglicans have always been cordial, they didn’t start getting acrimonious until former Prods streamed into our clergy (and our bishops were unwise enough to let them in).

You may follow the konvertsy or you may follow HH. As for me, it’s no contest… HH is still uncontested champ… and the konvertsy are still clueless wimps. Keep it focused… the times aren’t good…

BMD

Sunday, 20 July 2014

MP Concerned About the Imminent Appearance of Female Bishops in the Church of England

00 Robert Davies on Anglicans. 04.12

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An official statement of the MP Synodal Department for External Church Relations (OVTsS) noted “with dismay and disappointment” the decision of the Church of England introduce female bishops, as this, according to the Orthodox side, complicates the relationship between the churches and makes it impossible for Orthodox to recognise any apostolic succession in Anglicanism. It said, “When the Church of England allowed female priests in 1992, it dealt a blow to the interaction between our Churches, and the introduction of a female episcopate would exclude even a theoretical possibility of Orthodoxy recognising apostolic succession in the Anglican hierarchy”. The statement noted that, in the 19th century, Anglicans… members of the Association of Eastern Churches… sought “mutual recognition” of the hierarchy of the Orthodox and Anglican churches, believing that “both churches preserved the apostolic succession and the true faith in the Saviour, and should accept each other in full communion in prayer and the sacraments”.

Christian tradition always viewed the bishops as direct spiritual descendants of the Apostles, from whom they received a special grace to lead the people of God and a special responsibility… to guard the purity of faith, to be a symbol and guarantor of church unity. The Russian Orthodox Church believes that ordaining women to the episcopal dignity is contrary to the image of the Saviour, the action of the Holy Apostles, the practise of the ancient church, and violates centuries-old tradition. In the words of the OVTsS document, “In a very essential way, it makes it difficult for Orthodox Christians engage in dialogue with Anglicans, a dialogue that’s developed over decades, and contributes to further deepening divisions in the Christian world as a whole”. The General Synod of the Church of England decided to allow the ordination of women as bishops on 14 July 2014. After the introduction of female priests in the early 1990s, about a third of the clergy of the Church of England are women. Women already hold the episcopal ministry amongst Anglicans in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, and Wales.

16 July 2014

Rossiya Segodnya

http://ria.ru/religion/20140716/1016239053.html

Editor:

Beware “smilers”… they’re the worst of the lot, I’ve found out. Anglicans, all too often, are “nice”… that means that one should take care around them (that’s what my Anglican friends tell me, any road). WIth this action, the C of E lost all pretence of apostolicity. That doesn’t mean that it’s full of ogres or that we should fulminate against them like toddlers such as Freddie M-G and Dreher… no…  but it does mean that the C of E left apostolicity behind, and that’ll affect future relations. That’s sad… but true…

BMD

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

24 December 2013. “A Hymn on the Nativity of My Saviour” (Ben Jonson)

01 Christmas 2010 icon

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I sing the birth was born tonight,

The Author both of life and light;

The angels so did sound it,

And like the ravished shepherds said,

Who saw the light, and were afraid,

Yet searched, and true they found it.

 

The Son of God, the eternal King,

That did us all salvation bring,

And freed the soul from danger;

He whom the whole world could not take,

The Word, which heaven and earth did make,

Was now laid in a manger.

 

The Father’s wisdom willed it so,

The Son’s obedience knew no “No,”

Both wills were in one stature;

And as that wisdom had decreed,

The Word was now made Flesh indeed,

And took on Him our nature.

 

What comfort by Him do we win?

Who made Himself the Prince of sin,

To make us heirs of glory?

To see this Babe, all innocence,

A Martyr born in our defence,

Can man forget this story?

Ben Jonson

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Church of England to Allow Gay Bishops in Civil Partnerships

Nashotah House ecumenism 2009

Well, it looks like the OCA/Anglican love feast at Nashotah House has to be abrogated… Fathausen certainly screwed up on that one, didn’t he? Just you watch, Nashotah House is just going to let this latest C of E instalment pass, too… they’re TEC, and that’s never going to change. We should discipline all of the Orthodox who took part in this fiasco.

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The Church of England lifted a ban on gay clergy in civil partnerships from becoming bishops. On Friday, the Church’s House of Bishops announced that those gay clergy members in civil partnerships who remain celibate could become bishops. The decision occurred in mid-December, but surfaced in the Church Times only on Friday. The C of E already allowed people in civil partnerships, introduced in 2005, to become clergy, if they’d remain celibate and repent for active homosexuality in the past. The new development extended the rules to bishops. Single gay bishops must also be celibate. A C of E spokesman told PinkNews.com.uk, “There technically was never a ban on gay bishops, what there was an issue was bishops in civil partnerships”. The C of E’s debated the issue since 2003, when gay cleric Jeffrey John was forced to step down as Bishop of Reading. Rev John is now Dean of St Albans.

4 January 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20130104/178583978/Church_of_England_to_Allow_Gay_Bishops.html

Editor’s Note:

Watch for the usual caterwauling from the usual cast of konvertsy suspects. “The world’s going to hell in a handbasket”, “If we don’t watch out, it’ll happen amongst us”, and they’ll gird themselves for a loud and bootless witch-hunt. Frankly speaking, what goes on amongst the C of Es goes on amongst the C of Es. It’s none of our affair. We shouldn’t comment on it. We’ve got our own messes to clean up, and as far as depravity’s concerned, what about Gleb Podmoshensky, Panteleimon Metropoulos, Sam Greene, Seraphim Storheim, and James Paffhausen (his over-a-decade-long and intimate relationship with Podmoshensky is more than troubling), just to name a few (the list is rather longer, I’m afraid)? We have no call to point fingers whilst we have such immorality left to fester in full public view. You know what they say, the loudest denouncers of homosexuality are often gay blades themselves… that’s true of some of the self-appointed so-called “Orthodox” crusaders, isn’t it?

This is just the logical development of the Broad Church… it’s what the C of E is. Leave them be… we have our own problems, and that’s what we should be attending to… but we’re not. Ponder that, if you will…

BMD

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