ROCA Has Same Old Policy On MP

I thought I might share part of a letter I wrote to Reader Daniel...

Dear Daniel,

... Some people seem to greatly desire a statement from ROCA about our relationship to the MP.

But, for decades every ROCOR synod has found that difficult to do. How is it all of a sudden going to be any easier for Vl. Agafagnel? Was there such a concern for a statement 10 years ago? Nothing has changed. The MP is still the same. The only difference is that the destruction of the Church is taking place from within instead of from without. ROCA has not changed, except that a large portion of us fell away into the union and World Orthodoxy. Everything else is the same. Whatever our policy was with MP in the decades before the union, it is the same now after the union. This was never such an issue in the past, and it does not need to be now.

Our policy has always been that we are not in communion with the MP.

Our policy also has always been that WE WILL NOT SAY whether the MP has grace or does not have grace.

But with this we have to be extremely careful to clarify. Because if we say, "We do not say that the MP does not have grace" guess what happens then? Then some people make an assumption and interpret that to mean that we say MP does have grace. Now hold on there - we did not say that. We have to be extremely careful to clarify. It is misleading if we say to the right-wing, "We do not say that the MP has grace." That opens the door for them to misinterpret that we admit the MP has no grace. Likewise, it is misleading if we say to the left-wing, "We do not say that the MP does not have grace." That opens the door for them to misinterpret that we admit the MP has grace. I'm certain that is what happened with (our friend) when he heard what Vl. Agafangel said as it was passed on to him after being translated.

So, if any statement needs to be made it needs to be made clear that we do not say one way or the other.

Being human, though, we have our opinions on the matter. And, being human, we do not always keep our opinions to ourselves. And our opinions are not all the same, in fact they are very different. We know that St. Philaret of NY held one opinion and St. John of Shanghai held another. Yet both of them agreed they were of one mind with each other. If the saints do not place so great an importance on their opinions, neither should we consider our opinions so important.

So, here are all the CLUES one needs to solve this MYSTERY of ROCA's stand on the MP. End of story.

Love, Joanna

Another letter written earlier this same day Click Here.

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