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September 27th, 2017

On the “Great and Holy Council” of Crete: A Response to E. Sotiropoulos

By Protopresbyters Fr. Peter Heers D.Th. and Fr. Anastasios Gotsopoulos

INTRODUCTION

On the one year anniversary of the "Council" of Crete, the following article was published in Greek on the website romfea.gr. The intent of the article was twofold: both to commemorate the anniversary of the gathering and to provide a...


June 22nd, 2017

Συμβολὴ προβληματισμοῦ στὸ ἐτήσιο μνημόσυνο τῆς «Ἁγίας καὶ Μεγάλης Συνόδου» τῆς Κρήτης (Ἀπάντηση σὲ ἄρθρο τοῦ κ. Εὐ. Σωτηρόπουλου)

Πρωτοπρεσβυτέρου π. Πέτρου Χιρς, Δρ. Θ. και π. Ἀναστασίου Γκοτςοπούλου

(21.6.2017)

Ἡ Ρωσικὴ Ὀρθόδοξη Ἐκκλησία τῆς Διασπορᾶς (ROCOR) ὅρισε τὸν πρωτο-πρεσβύτερο π. Πέτρο Heers, Καθηγητὴ τῆς Θεολογικῆς Σχολῆς τῆς Ἁγίας Τριάδος στὸ Jordanville τῆς Ν. Ὑόρκης, νὰ ὁμιλήσει γιὰ τὴ Σύνοδο τῆς Κρήτης στὴν ἐτήσια ἱερατικὴ Σύναξη τῶν Κληρικῶν τῆς Ἐπισκοπῆς τῆς Ἀνατολικῆς Ἀμερικῆς (21.3.2017), παρουσίᾳ τοῦ Σεβασμιωτάτου Ἀρχιεπισκόπου Ἰλαρίωνος καὶ πολλῶν Ἱεραρχῶν...


May 6th, 2017

Defense and Declaration of Cessation of Commemoration of Bishop on Account of the Teaching of Heresy

Letter of Protopresbyter Theodore Zisis to Metropolitan Anthimos of Thessaloniki (March 3, 2017)

Orthodox Ethos is grateful to God to be asked to publish the translation of the declaration of cessation of commemoration of the honorable and upright Protopresbyter Theodore Zisis, submitted to his Metropolitan on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, giving his defense and explanation of the necessity for the drastic measure.

We hope all good-willed and interested Orthodox Christians will take the time to read the text and consider his arguments carefully, for if nothing else it will aid them in increasing their vigilance and watchfulness both for their soul's salvation as well as the unity of the Church and orthodoxy of Her confession - of which we are all co-responsible.

Protopresbyter Theodoros Zisis

Professor Emeritus

Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, Greece

March 3rd, 2017

His Eminence, Anthimos

Metropolitan of Thessaloniki

Subject: Notification concerning the Cessation of Commemoration

Your Eminence,

With sorrow, but also with much spiritual joy and...


April 1st, 2017

Patristic Tradition Video: Fr. Peter Heers on the Patristic Royal Path in Wake of the Cretan "Council"

Questions and Answers on the Proper Response to Heresy and Innovations in Matters of Faith


Video Timeline

A short introduction in English and Greek, followed by questions and answers.

1-14 min: English Introduction

14-21 min: Greek introduction

21:00-33:30: English answer to First Question

33:30-40:00: Greek answer to...


March 23rd, 2017

The "Council" of Crete and the New Emerging Ecclesiology: An Orthodox Examination

By Protopresbyter Peter Heers, Professor of Old and New Testament, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville, NY

Lecture delivered at the Clergy Retreat of the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

For a full written and photo report of the retreat, go to the Eastern American Diocese of ROCOR. Audio and video versions of this lecture will be forthcoming;...


March 20th, 2017

HOWELL, NJ: ARCHPRIEST PETER HEERS TO DELIVER LECTURE ON COUNCIL OF CRETE

Announcement from the Eastern American Diocese of ROCOR

From the website of the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia:

The Lenten Pastoral Retreat of the Eastern American Diocese, which will be held on March 20-22, 2017 at St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, New Jersey, will feature a lecture by Archpriest Peter Heers on the "Great and Holy Council" of the Orthodox Church, which took place in Crete in...


March 16th, 2017

How Ss. Hypatius, Cyril of Alexandria and Celestine of Rome Confronted the Heresy of Nestorius

Instructive for all Orthodox Christians today, as they face the heresy of syncretistic ecumenism

The infamous heretic Nestorius occupied the Patriarchal throne of Constantinople from April 428 unto August 431. According the St. Theophanes the Confessor as soon as Nestorius "mounted the throne, his heresy and

his doctrinally distorted mind were straight away revealed." According to this same Saint the "the holy and ecumenical synod (more than 3 years after Nestorius began preaching...


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...


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