Friday, June 08, 2007

Letters of True Orthodox Bishops and Bishop Chrysostomos of the Cyprianites

(Vertograd, Omsk-Moscow)

Bishops of the Russian True Orthodox Church (RTOC) issued a letter to Bishop Agafangel of Odessa and Bishop Daniel of Erie, two bishops of ROCOR(L) who did not recognize the union with Moscow Patriarchate. The letter dated May 7/20 was signed by the Head of the Synod Archbishop Tikhon of Omsk and Siberia, his Deputy Archbishop Benjamin of the Black Sea and Kuban, and the Secretary of the Synod Bishop Dionysy of Novgorod and Tver.

Archbishop Tikhon and his fellow-bishops suggest to Bishops Agafangel and Daniel to start the negotiations about the possible union. They write that the future aim is “the Sobor that will unite all the healthy forces of the former ROCOR that did not take neither the road of sergianism nor the road of sectarianism”. They also specify two things in the Diocese of Archbishop Agathangelos that they find wrong: (1) the presence of the political party of Dmitry Korchinsky in the church and (2) the commemoration of the civil powers of the Ukraine during the service.

Almost the same day, May 9/22, Bishop Daniel of Erie issued his official letter where he treats the RTOC even worse then the MP (see the document below).

The group of Metropolitan Cyprian (Old Calendarist) also issued a letter suggesting to form the union together with Bishops Agafangel, Bishop Daniel and RTOC (see the document below). However the position of the Cyprianites is counted crypto-ecumenistic, because the conception of Metropolitan Cyprian assumes, that at certain conditions the heretical communities must preserve the grace of Church Mysteries.