Agafangel’s Answer to the
“Open Letter of the Synod of Bishops
to the Clergy of the South American Diocese”
Reading the open letter of the Synod of Bishops to the Clergy of the South American Diocese published on the official website of the Synod of the ROCOR that is part of the Moscow Patriarchate, one gets the feeling that it was written not in New York, but in Moscow, and that the author was not a Russian of the old diaspora but a "new" Russian.
One gets this feeling, because
the writer is using modern Soviet-style language and ideas and not writing in
the style of the old Russian émigrés at all. The letter’s tone is reminiscent of the
post-war spirit of the late 1940's - "Come back", it says, "all
is well in
This answer transgresses with many open distortions, and unfortunately, the author knows this, yet does so on purpose. One example, is the assertion that Metropolitan Laurus was the ruling bishop of South America ("On the death of Bishop Alexander (Mileant), in full accord with the Status of the ROCOR, and based on the Holy Canons, Metropolitan Laurus remained your First Hierarch, your ruling bishop" ). This is an obvious falsehood. Archbishop Laurus was the ruling bishop of the Syracuse Diocese, and after his election as Metropolitan, became the ruling bishop of the
Another falsehood is made further in the "open letter," that there is no heresy in the Moscow Patriarchate. Only this contradicts the whole history and tradition of the Church Abroad, which has always maintained that the Moscow Patriarchate is guilty of the heresy of ecumenism and the sin of sergianism. This aspect which is so important to us is completely omitted in this letter, which also suggests that it was written in
There is another falsehood in the “open letter” that, "persecution of the Orthodox Church in any form in the
The conclusion of the “open letter” cites the words of St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov), "Understand the times!" The words of Apostle Paul could be added, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For people will (…) have a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (…) Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” (2 Tim 3.1,5,12-13).
We see that the Open Letter of the Synod of Bishops of the ROCOR(MP) is written falsely, and therefore, to believe it, and especially to take heed of it, is not possible.
+ Metropolitan Agafangel
Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalen