FW: Informational Sharing: "An Open Letter of ROAC Fr. Victor Melehov to ROCOR-MP Bp. Jerome (Shaw)"-Plus Commentary-
Open Letter to B Jerome Shaw (ROCOR-MP) 09, 2012.pdf
Comment: These statements, both current ones and those of past years, are lengthy, but valuable.
All should read them and share them.
However, not everyone who was in the old-ROCOR, and now since that 2007 betrayal (or previous to that date), have gone in...various directions,( including Fr.Victor Melehoff), since that foul 're-union' of 2007, including our ROCA under our Met. Agafangel, which church we consider as THE continuation of that old/free ROCOR, did not see each and every past ROCOR event or individual attitudes of it's leadership, exactly in the same light or understanding.
*In the old days of the old free-ROCOR, there were many many divergent views, on MANY issues!!!
Thus, we in our ROCA are in full and fraternal & happy inter-communion, STILL, with the Synod In Resistance, and it's sister Romanian and Bulgarian churches. We treasure these faithful fellow Orthodox brothers and sisters.
Fr. Melehoff, as with other SIR detractors, is DEAD WRONG!....in labeling them as ' in heresy'!... though we can heartily agree with most of what else he shares, about many other issues. Fr. Victor Melehoff is a snide critic and opponent of our sister churches, and... us, and also, together with us, of the MP! He supports our rivals,(RTOC, ROAC, ROCiE, Etc.), whose canonical credentials and honesty, are highly questionable, at best, and their power-motives, quite clear.
We vehemently deny, that the Synod in Resistance, is 'in heresy', a vicious untrue label of them, being an extremist and absurd 'super-correct'/sectarian exaggeration and slander of their positional statements, (not doctrines!), by those, such as Fr. Melehoff, who also denigrate our ROCA, .. .for many nonsensical excuses, including that we must 'also be heretics, because we are in communion with heretics,' etc...utter slander and nonsense!
Otherwise, these documents are worth reading and sharing.
My summation: we all, who were once part of the old days of the old ROCOR, even back in those 'golden' years, did not all 100% agree on every single issue,( e.g. Fr. George Grabbe was not always correct in all his statements!), -debate and internal argument were always normal for our ROCOR, are now...... also, in disagreement on various issues,...past events and present ones, though we have in common our mutual detestation for the MP/Ecumenism, etc, and for the betrayers of our ROCOR to Moscow, etc.
We anti-MP folks, have much in common, but...we do not have a common/unified front in this battle, sadly, which gives much joy to our foes in Moscow, and in worldly-Orthodox circles around the earth. We 'fragments', as some label all of us who refused that union/betrayal, ...to which entities, our Met. Agafangel has repeatedly called upon, to at least come together and DISCUSS matters, ...they all refuse this overture for peace and unity.
The leadership, of RTOC, ROAC, ROCiE, and other 'fragments' revile our church, while extoling themselves, endlessly.
We in ROCA, grieve....... that our fellow former-ROCOR believers, who have also refused union with the Stalin-created false-Russian Church, named the 'Moscow Patriarchia', refuse to even SPEAK or to try to iron out our differences.
These are just my opinions......
Reader Daniel Everiss in Oregon