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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Is the “all-Orthodox Sobor” a Hairsbreadth Away from Failure? Bulgarian Patriarch Will Only Take Part if ALL Canonical First Hierarchs Participate in the Synaxis

00 Patriarch Kirill w patriarch neofit of bulgaria. 01.06.14

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In Genève, from 21 to 28 January 2016, a Congress (Synaxis) of the First Hierarchs of the Local Orthodox Churches supposedly will prepare the final agenda for a so-called “all-Orthodox Sobor”, awaited for about a century in certain Church (especially modernist) circles. However, differences amongst the local Orthodox Churches, the refusal of certain First Hierarchs to take part in the Synaxis to prepare the “all-Orthodox Sobor”, and more importantly, the fervent prayers of believers, following the teachings of Holy Fathers and Confessors of the 20th century condemning the putative Sobor as apostasy, could lead to a complete breakdown of the meeting, since all decisions at the Sobor and the Synaxis would be via consensus, and if any of the First Hierarchs were absent, that would render that impossible.

On 12 January 2016, the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Sofia and all Bulgaria referred to the principle of consensus in making a number of conditions specifying their conditions for allowing Patriarch Neofit Dimitrov to take part in the meeting in Genève. In particular, the Synod stated that the lack of an agenda for the Synaxis and the likely presence at the said meeting of uncanonical representatives of the PCČZS/PCČKS (Orthodox Church of Czechia and Slovakia) is unacceptable. Apparently, they mean the so-called “Archbishop” Simeon Jakovlevič of Olomouc and Brno (supported by the EP), the pretender to the seat of First Hierarch Metropolitan Rastislav Gont of Prešov. Moreover, the Bulgarian Holy Synod declared the fundamental importance of the principle of consensus in the coming Synaxis, and that such consensus could only exist if the all the First Hierarchs of the Local Orthodox Churches are present.

In this connection, the Bulgarian Synod ruled that the Patriarch Neofit could only take part in the Genève meeting if “the Patriarch and the Holy Synod promptly receive the agenda of the meeting and if all outstanding disputes receive resolution before convoking the meeting in Chambésy”. Besides this, on 15 January, the Church of Athens and all Greece decided definitively that Archbishop Ieronymos Liapis wouldn’t take part in the upcoming Synaxis, sending instead a delegation consisting of Metropolitans Germanos Paraskevopoulos of Elis and Oleni, Chrysostomos Zafyris of Peristeri, and Chrysostomos Savvatos of Messinia. Orthodox media reported that amongst the reasons for this decision was pressure put on Archbishop Ieronymos… including political pressure… by the EP from the moment it became known that the First Hierarch of the Church of Greece wouldn’t be at this meeting.

17 January 2016

Inform Religia

http://www.inform-relig.ru/news/detail.php?ID=11333

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

EP Sets Up Rebel Synod in Czechia and Slovakia

00 Metropolitan Rastislav Gont of Prešov PCČKS. 13.01.14

Metropolitan Rostislav Gont, the REAL Head of the Church in Czechia and Slovakia

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Rhomphaia reported that on 22 February 2015, Archbishop Simeon Jakovlevič of Olomouc and Brno, locum tenens of the Orthodox Church of Czechia and Slovakia until 9 December 2013, officiated at the consecration of Isaii Slaninki as Vicar Bishop of Šumperk at the Cathedral in Brno. The EP didn’t recognise the election of Rastislav Gont, Archbishop of Prešov as First Hierarch by a Local Sobor of the Church of Czechia and Slovakia on 11 January 2014. Although the Local Sobor is the supreme doctrinal, administrative, and canonical organ in the Local Church and Archbishop Rostislav received 87 percent of the vote, the EP continued to consider Archbishop Simeon the locum tenens of a vacant throne and the only canonical hierarch in the Orthodox Church of Czechia and Slovakia. The EP broke communion with Archbishop Rostislav and his fellow bishops. On 6 February 2015 in Vienna, Simeon had a meeting with EP Metropolitans Emmanuel Adamakis of Gaul and Arseny of Vienna. During the meeting, they decided to elevate Archimandrite Isaii Slaninki to the episcopate to create an “Alternative Synod” of the Orthodox Church of the Czechia and Slovakia. No doubt, the ordination of the new bishop and the creation of an “Alternative Synod” will further exacerbate the local split, which for the past two years simmered amidst the unrest caused by the forced resignation of Metropolitan Kryštof Pulec, its former First Hierarch.

24 February 2015

Sedmitza.ru

http://www.sedmitza.ru/text/5427676.html

Editor:

This is a tangled story. Firstly, it’s a direct slap by Bart at an ally of the Centre. That’s not overly bright. However, never forget that Bart, like ALL Ecumenical Patriarchs after Maximos Vaportzis, is an utterly dependent client of Langley. However, this is DESPERATION on the Americans’ part. They’re tossing away their assets in a vain attempt to thwart Moscow.

Their assets aren’t only in the EP. Some are in the ROCOR, sadly enough. Not all the pro-Langley trash was taken out in 2007! Victor Potapov still works for the anti-Rodina “Radio Liberty” (do recall how he brought the interloper John Herbst to the Sobor in 2006). Mark Arndt still glorifies anti-Russian figures on his website. Nikolai Artemov is still squatting in München (that was “Spy Central” in the Cold War). Everyone knows the intel ties of Artemov and Potapov (their reputation as unpleasant figures is legendary… “I can deal with Lebedeff, he can admit his mistakes, but Potapov never admits anything”)… the Centre knew them, what they figured was that they were going to let Mark, Potapov, and Artemov rot on the vine… that’s the Orthodox way, it’s the least painful, it causes the least upset, and nature will take care of them all in due time. However, the present crisis in the “Ukrainian” pseudo-state scares the bejesus out of the Anglo Americans, so, they’re expending their assets in a mad attempt to stop Russian revival (a vain hope at best, a lunatic notion at worse). This exposes all the American assets for what they are. The plot thickens. The new Czech bishop studied in Germany, I think, under Mark. The Blunder ordained Isaii hierodeacon in 2010 in Moscow! Mark sent him a whole set of vestments as a present before the consecration. Mark was a member of NTS, which was a CIA front. He was active in setting up parishes in Russia in the 90s, unlike patriots like Bishop Alexander Mileant, Bishop Mitrofan of Boston, and the rest of the patriotic wing in ROCOR.

There can’t be two Orthodox Churches on the same territory. By doing this, Bart is declaring war on the Centre. Can it come to a breach of communion between the MP and EP? It very well might! Furthermore, it may lead to a schism in the ROCOR… mind you, it’d be painful… it’d be tragic… it’d be nasty… but I believe that it has to be. There are two “houses” in ROCOR… one is loyal to the Centre, to Almighty God… the other is loyal to Washington, to the Almighty Dollar. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand! (Gospel according to St Mark 3.25) THAT is a dominical statement, from Our Lord Himself. On the one side, we have the patriotic wing of ROCOR, loyal to Holy Rus… by all accounts, Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral leads it. On the other, we have a disloyal Quisling band, loyal to the American rightwing. As one of my correspondents put it, “The brothers at Jordanville appeared to be of the robot right”… that’s not all of them, but it’s all too many of them. These sides are incompatible. The present crisis is bringing things to a head. Are you loyal to Holy Rus? Then, you’re loyal to Christ and His Church. Are you loyal to the rightwing loonies in America? Then, you aren’t loyal to the Church… for a tree is known by the fruits thereof.

Do you stand with Holy Rus and its defence of Novorossiya, or do you stand with Sectarian America and its Godless and Theomachistic grasp at Global Hegemony? Choose well… I can’t tell you what fork to take… I’m certain that you know where I stand…

BMD

Sunday, 19 October 2014

19 October 2014. A Church Service in Poland

00 Metropolitan Rastislav Gont of Prešov PCČKS. 13.01.14

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The young bishop in the vid is Rostislav Gont, the First Hierarch of the Local Church of Czechia and Slovakia.

BMD

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