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February 25th, 2017

Response to Professor George Demacopoulos (USA) concerning the article “Innovation Cloaked in the Guise of Tradition: Anti-Ecumenist Efforts to Derail the Holy and Great Synod”

Protopresbyter Anastasios Gkotsopoulos, Rector of the Holy Church of St. Nicholas, Patra, Greece

An article written about this time last year by Dr. George Demacopoulos, "Innovation Cloaked in the Guise of Tradition: Anti-Ecumenist Efforts to Derail the Holy and Great Synod" has been once again making the rounds through the internet after it was uploaded to Academia by the author. Several clergy have written to me their concerns about this article and the need for a repy to be issued. There is no...


December 27th, 2016

FINAL DECISION OF THE CHURCH OF GEORGIA on the Council of Crete (SUMMARY)

The Holy Synod Rejects the Council of Crete as Pan Orthodox and its Texts as Reflecting Orthodox Teaching

The Holy Synod of the Church of Georgia has met and discussed the "Council of Crete." We are now in possession of a summary* of the Decision which the Holy Synod of the Church of Georgia issued at its recent meeting regarding the Cretan gathering.

It was initially reported that the Holy Synod had "tabled" a conclusive decision regarding the "Council of Crete" until a theological commission could...


Tagged In: Council, ecumenism
December 19th, 2016

Intervention and Text in the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece (November 2016) regarding the Cretan Council

Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and St. Vlassios

In the last meeting of the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece (23-24 November 2016), Metropolitan Theologos of Serres, read his presentation, titled "Briefing on the works of the Holy and...


December 10th, 2016

Patriarch of Constantinople's Letter to the Archbishop of Greece: Defrock and Sever Communion with those Opposed to our Council in Crete

Troubling and Divisive Intervention into the Internal Affairs of another Local Church latest show of Papal Pretentions

In divisive fashion the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, is demanding that the Archbishop of Athens and the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece depose and excommunicate leading hierarchs and clergy of the Church for their opposition to the "Council" of Crete and its innovative organization and decisions. The Patriarchal letter names first of all, the one-time representative of...


December 9th, 2016

Μακαριστός πατήρ Σεραφείμ Ρόουζ: Οι Ορθόδοξοι πρέπει ν’ αποφύγουν τον φανατισμό και σεκταρισμό και να παραμείνουν ενωμένοι εν όψει της ‘Συνόδου’

Προφητικά και σοφά λόγια, μεγάλης συνάφειας με τα δρώμενα στην Εκκλησία, σήμερα

Ο μακαριστός πατήρ Σεραφείμ Ρόουζ έχει κληροδοτήσει πολλά στην Εκκλησία και όχι λιγότερο σημαντική, μεταξύ αυτών, είναι η άοκνη μαρτυρία του της βασιλικής οδού των Πατέρων, ιδίως εν όψει της μεγάλης αποστασίας της εποχής μας και της επίμαχης αιρέσεως των ημερών μας, του συγκρητιστικού οικουμενισμού.

Στο παρακάτω απόσπασμα, από μία επιστολή την οποία έγραψε ο ίδιος ο π. Σεραφείμ κατά την εορτή της...


December 9th, 2016

Blessed Father Seraphim: The Orthodox Must Avoid Fanaticism and Sectarianism and Stay United in the Face of the "Council"

Prophetic and Wise Words Which are So Very Relevant to Today's Church

Blessed Father Seraphim Rose has bequeathed much to the Church, not least of all his tireless witness to the royal path of the Fathers in the face of the general apostasy of our age and the particular heresy of our day, syncretistic ecumenism. In the following excerpt, from a letter her wrote on the feast of the translation of the relics of St. John Chrysostom, Jan 27/Feb. 9, 1977, Fr. Seraphim...


December 2nd, 2016

Official Text: Declaration of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church

On the Council of Crete (2016) and the text “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World”

The full, official text has been translated and posted online:

At a full session meeting on 11.15.2016, protocol № 22, the Holy Synod reviewed the text “ Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World ,” adopted at the Council on Crete,...


December 1st, 2016

Saint Paisios the Athonite on the Pan-Orthodox Council and Discernment

The Elder Warned that Holy Tradition would be Rejected and Replaced by Innovation

"At that time the Pre-Conciliar Conferences began in order to prepare a new Pan-Orthodox Synod, and among the issues discussed there were many proposals contrary to Orthodox tradition. When the Elder learned of them he was very worried and spoke with a pain of soul: "Do you understand what will happen?," he would ask. "Tradition will leave and all that will remain is the offense (evil-doing). [Θὰ φύγη ἡ...


Tagged In: Council, ecumenism, tradition
November 29th, 2016

The Final Decision of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church on the Council in Crete

"The Council in Crete is neither Great, nor Holy, nor Pan-Orthodox"

(The following is a summary of the Decision based upon an automatic translation and separate summary, and not the final and official translation. We expect a full English translation soon.)

The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has issued its final decision on the Council in Crete and the text "Relations of the Orthodox Church with rest of the Christian world." In a...


November 26th, 2016

Παρέμβαση καί κείμενο στήν Ἱεραρχία τῆς Ἐκκλησίας τῆς Ἑλλάδος (Νοέμβριος 2016)

Μητροπολίτου Ναυπάκτου καί Ἁγίου Βλασίου Ἱεροθέου

Στήν τελευταία Ἱεραρχία τῆς Ἐκκλησίας τῆς Ἑλλάδος (23-24 Νοεμβρίου 2016) ὁ Σεβ. Μητροπολίτης Σερρῶν κ. Θεολόγος διάβασε τήν εἰσήγησή του, μέ τίτλο «Ἐνημέρωσις περί τῶν διεξαχθεισῶν ἐργασιῶν τῆς Ἁγίας καί Μεγάλης Συνόδου τῆς Ὀρθοδόξου Ἐκκλησίας» καί στήν συνέχεια ἔγινε εὐρύτατη συζήτηση γιά τό περιεχόμενο τῆς εἰσηγήσεως καί ἐλήφθησαν ἀποφάσεις.

Ἡ εἰσήγηση εἶχε τρία βασικά σημεῖα, πρῶτον τό Συνοδικό...


November 26th, 2016

ΑΠΟΚΛΕΙΣΤΙΚΟ: Η Συνοδική Απόφαση της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας της Γεωργίας, του 1988, για τις Συμφωνίες του Σαμπεζύ και του Μπάλαμαντ, για την Θεωρία των Κλάδων και πολύ περισσότερα.

Μία Απόφαση Ορόσημο, μείζων κεφάλαιο στον Αγώνα για την Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησιολογία (σε Eλληνική μετάφραση).



ΕΙΣΑΓΩΓΗ

Η Συνοδική Απόφαση της Αποστολικής Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας της Γεωργίας, του 1998 έχει ξεχωριστή σημασία ανάμεσα στα Κείμενα-ορόσημα της σύγχρονης Ορθοδόξου εκκλησιαστικής ιστορίας, τα οποία σφραγίζουν τον αγώνα της Εκκλησίας να διατηρήσει ανόθευτη την «άπαξ παραδοθείσαν πίστιν» και την πίστη Της στην «Μίαν Αγίαν, Καθολικήν και Αποστολικήν Εκκλησίαν».

Στο απόηχο μιας παλαιότερης...


November 19th, 2016

Η Πανορθόδοξη Συνεργασία θα ανθίσει όταν ξεπεραστεί η βαθύτερη αιτία των διαιρέσεων.

Συνέντευξη με τον Πρωτοπρεσβύτερο Πέτρο Χιρς, από τον Sergei Chapnin για το περιοδικό "Λοδκα" (Μόσχα)

http://lodka.sreda.org/

1) Πώς αξιολογείτε, σε γενικές γραμμές, τα αποτελέσματα της ‘Πανορθόδοξης Συνόδου’; Ανταποκρίνονται στις προσδοκίες σας;

Δυστυχώς, η αποτυχία αυτής της Συνόδου προκαθορίστηκε από την αντι-συνοδική, ανορθόδοξη μεθοδολογία, η οποία ακολουθήθηκε πριν από τη Σύνοδο και εφαρμόστηκε στη διάρκειά της. Δεν...


November 14th, 2016

The “Council” of Crete: The Chronicle of a Premeditated Deviation

By Archimandrite Athanasios Anastasiou, Proigoumenos of the Holy Monastery of the Great Meteora

Editor's Note:

This is by far the most complete historical account and spiritual analysis of the "Council" of Crete to date, giving the reader both an overview and inside look at the events leading up and occurring at the "Council", with emphasis on the Church of Greece's involvement. The following translation into English makes this important analysis available to...


October 11th, 2016

Pan-Orthodox Cooperation will Flourish when the Deeper Cause of our Divisions are Overcome

Interview with Protopresbyter Peter Heers by Sergei Chapnin for Lodka Magazine (Moscow)

http://lodka.sreda.org/

1) How do you assess the results of the Pan-Orthodox Council in general? Do they coincide with your expectations?

Unfortunately, the failure of the Council was pre-determined by the anti-synodical, unorthodox methodology followed prior to and implemented at the Council itself. The Way and Truth of our Lord...


October 11th, 2016

Demetrios Tselengidis: On the Surpassing Value of the Spiritual Unity of the Church, Its Brutal Abuse in Crete and the Identification of the Church with its Administration

Letter (Aug. 30, 2016) to the Archbishop and Hierarchy of the Church of Greece on the "Council" in Crete

The well-known and respected Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Demetrios Tselengidis, has issued an important and timely three part analysis of the Cretan Council and the ecclesiological problems and issues surrounding it. The letter was sent to all of the hierarchs of the Church of Greece at the end of August and has been included in...


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