Met. Ambrose of Kalavryta to Pat. Bartholomew: “The council on Crete is a path to schism”

Moscow, May 3, 2017

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Met. Ambrose of Kalavryta of the Greek Orthodox Church has sent an open letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew concerning last year’s council on Crete, the main points of which have been published on AgionOros.

The metropolitan opens the letter reporting on “the deep sorrow and astonishment” he felt when he learned that the patriarch had called him out in a letter to Greek primate Archbishop Ieronymos, calling for him to “protect” the Church from “the radical opinions of the metropolitans of Kalavryta and Piraeus.”

The prelate stressed that such a letter could be considered a canonical violation and an “attempt to implement a primacy of authority in relation to the brother Local Churches,” although, in fact, the patriarch of Constantinople has the “primacy of honor, not of authority and worth.”

In his view, the main result of the “notorious” Crete Council, which was neither holy nor great in his estimation, is that the Orthodox Church has divided into factions, and the Christian flock has been brought to confusion and turmoil. “In fact, a new schism is developing,” Met. Ambrose writes.

In his view, especially erroneous was the recognition of the title “Church” for other non-Orthodox Christian confessions in an Orthodox dogmatic statement, which should aim to express the Church’s own self-understanding. “So now there are many Churches? Then why do we confess ‘One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church’ in the Creed? Isn’t this an ecclesiological contradiction, or even a serious dogmatic distortion?” he asks. What is the purpose of the ecumenical dialogues promoted by the patriarch, and justifying calling non-Orthodox communities “Churches,” he wonders.

The metropolitan goes on to stress that he will never agree with such an “ecclesiological deviation.”

“We will not renounce you, beloved Orthodoxy!” he exclaims.

In the final section of his letter, Met. Ambrose calls upon Pat. Bartholomew “not to insist upon the heretical and blasphemous position that the papists and Protestants make up the ‘CHURCH.’ They are simply branches, which have fallen from the Church tree. Today the Church is only the Orthodox Church!”

He further calls for the document “Relations of the Orthodox Church With the Rest of the Christian World” to be revised in order to avoid a schism, and for the patriarch to cease persecuting those who disagree with the decisions of the Cretan council, and to hold a new council that would re-consider the question of the relation of the various Christian confession to the true Orthodox Church of Christ.

5/3/2017

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Comments
Anthony5/4/2017 2:40 pm
@Dr Freddie. Greetings of the day! Rejoice my beloved! And many many thanks for taking the time out of what must be a punishing schedule to offer - whatever services you have on offer. Odd you forgot to add your email address so we could get in contact. To the more sober minded Orthodox. I would recommend visiting impakratoras.gr website which has numerous articles on the subject of accursed ecumenism. Educate yourselves before you fall prey to the wolves in our Church. May God bless mitr. Amvrosios.
Michael Pastukhov5/4/2017 2:19 pm
Agree with the article!
Dr. Frederick G. Elias5/4/2017 3:54 am
The church needs to take a second look: One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church. If you need a facilitator for your next council, email me. In Christ Dr. Frederick G. Elias
Paok5/3/2017 9:40 pm
Thank God for leaving us with a few faithful, orthodox membera of the hierarchy.
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