Decision of the Widowed Australian Diocese
Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2007 1:31 AM
Subject: THE DECISION OF THE MEETING
THE DECISION OF THE MEETING
OF THE «WIDOWED» __AUSTRALIAN__ DIOCESE
OF THE «WIDOWED» ROCOR
28 BISHOP STREET , BOX HILL, MELBOURNE (address of meeting)
5/18 May 2007
Memory of Great Martyr Irene
In connection with the signing yesterday of the «Act of canonical communion», the entry of a part of our ROCOR into the « sergianist » entity known as the «Moscow Patriarchy» and falling into a complete subservience to it, we—the clergy and the supporting flock—of the AUSTRALIAN diocese consider that such an act by our Synod, taken contrary to the will of the fullness of our Church Abroad, as manifested at the Sobor, is not obligatory for all members in good standing of ROCOR and forces us to terminate our subservience to the Synod of Metropolitan Laurus who has left the ROCOR.
The joining of the Synod of Metropolitan Laurus to the schismatic «Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchy», that continues its membership in the World Council of Churches, as well as perpetuates its heresy of ecumenism which was adjudged by ROCOR and anathematised in 1983, in effect constitutes the joining of heretical schismatics with the departure of the Synod of MetropolitanLaurus from the Church Abroad into a « sergianist » schism and the creation of a schism within the Church Abroad.
Following the Rule 33 of the Holy Laodocian Council which forbids the faithful to pray with a heretic or an outcast schismatic, we are forced to suspend all prayerful communion with Metropolitan Laurus, his bishops and his clerics, who have created the schism in our Church Abroad.
The merger with the “Moscow Patriarchy”, undertaken by a part of our church, does not resolve the question of the wholeness of the Russian Orthodox Church, which can be effectively decided only by a free Land Sobor of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Therefore, all of us assembled here do consider the action undertaken by the Synod as inadequately grounded in canons and premature, and do hereby resolve:
1. To remain true to the current statute and by-laws of ROCOR.
2. To ask the bishops remaining true to God and His Holy Church, the Bishop Agafangel of Odessa and the Tauride and the Bishop Daniel of Erie, Vicar of the First Hierarch, to take our “widowed” diocese under their protection.
3. To ask the bishops remaining true to the traditional course of ROCOR to form the Temporary Supreme Church Authority (as perSt.Tihon’s Ukaz №362) before the creation of a new Synod of ROCOR at the Fifth All-Diaspora Sobor.
HIEROMONK JOHN SMELIC
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