Uncanonical


Hello all, while we are still getting to know Yiannis Conidaris allow us to introduce you to Mr Nikolaos Fourtounis.

Mr Nikolaos Fourtounis was “ordained” by a Greek Old Calandarist (GOC) faction in September 2013 for their church in Melbourne called St. Gregorios. Today according to the “important announcement” below he is with Prokopios. Why? Well that is not important to us; suffice to say that these types of people have a way of attracting each other. Generally speaking they are as untrustworthy to our faithful as they are of each other and look to schism to satisfy their insatiable greed and disguise their passions. There is no ending in sight for them since truth and the existence of God have been effortlessly blocked from their world view. As long as they get what they want they will always be around; take this away from them and they are gone like a flash. To question, challenge and resist them means that you are no longer one of their victims. Only in this way can all GOCSA constituents and all the Orthodox faithful be liberated from their sway and corruption.

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Now to Prokopios’ contradictory announcement. According to Prokopios, Nikolaos’ ordination by Bishop Photios of GOC is valid but the church that he was assigned to by GOC is a “schismatic non canonical church”. Do you mean to say Mr Kanavas that anyone who serves in your “churches” is canonical whereas everything that they did before took place in a “schismatic non canonical church”? Or are you saying that you are part of the GOC synod in Greece and therefore recognize each others ordinations? But how can this be? GOCSA never have and never will have anything to do with the schismatic Greek Old Calandarists. GOCSA and GOC are two mutually independent schismatic groups that are cut off from the world wide communion of the Orthodox Church. The simple truth is that if someone officiates in a non-canonical church (like Nikolaos did in Melbourne) this is because (1) their ordination is non-canonical or (2) they left a canonical church and joined a non-canonical church. Mr Kanavas has had the rare occurrence of being in both predicaments.

We ask Mr Prokopios Kanavas to cease insulting the intelligence of the Greek Orthodox faithful in Adelaide, especially the poor GOCSA faithful who are exposed to his convoluted lies.

Saint Athanasios

Recently on January the 17th it was the feast day of St. Anthony and on January the 18th the feast day of St Athanasios. We noticed that Prokopios and all of the GOCSA churches held under Prokopios’ captivity honored the memories of St Anthony and St. Athanasios with a church service. It is timely then that we remind Prokopios what St. Athanasius said about schism and heresy in his book on the life of St. Anthony.

In things having to do with belief, he [Saint Anthony] was truly wonderful and orthodox. Perceiving their wickedness and apostasy from the outset, he never held communion with the Meletian schismatics. And neither toward the Manicheans nor toward any other heretics did he profess friendship, except to the extent of urging change to right belief, for he held and taught that friendship and association with them led to injury and destruction of the soul.  So in the same way he abhorred the heresy of the Arians, and he ordered everyone neither to go near them nor to share their erroneous beliefs. Once when some of the Ariomaniacs came to him, sounding them out and learning that they were impious, he chased them from the mountain, saying that their doctrines were worse than serpents poison. (Source: Athanasius – The life of Antony and the Letter to Marcellinus, Paulist Press, 1980, p81-82)

In the Orthodox Church we honor our saints by imitating them. ΤΙΜΗ ΑΓΙΟΥ, ΜΙΜΗΣΗ ΑΓΙΟΥ.

As we mentioned two weeks ago, we found out that Mr Kanavas’ deposition by Mr Haros’ “synod” is official, having taken place in a meeting of Mr Haros’ “synod” on the 26th of November. It seems the official notice has been posted on the news page of the website of the so-called Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and Oceania (the rival schismatic communities of Clayton, Vic and Woollongong, NSW who split from the rest of the Federation at the beginning of 2012). For the so-called Metropolis to publicise Mr Kanavas’ deposition in this manner is a breathtaking display of hypocrisy, given their own uncanonical status & the fact that all of their clergy have been deposed (sometimes more than once!), but that’s a story for another day…

You can find the official deposition notice at the end of this post. This notice has the seals and signatures of Petros Haros “of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania”, Meletios “of Achaia” and John “of Evia”. Additionally, all three of these have stamped & signed the deposition notice by John “of St Catherine’s (Brazil)” which we originally posted on the 10th of November (the one with the Google translate translation from Portugese into English).

Reasons for deposition

The reasons given for the deposition are:

  1. Seceding from the “Holy Synod”
  2.  Contempt for ecclesiatical authority
  3. Trying to steal bishops from the “Holy Synod” with threatening phone calls
  4. Withholding the necessary documents for promotion to the Episcopacy
  5. Completing of the “Holy Consecration” in the Chapel of the Nursing home of the community of Adelaide, the Holy Unmercenaries on 1st of November 2013 without the knowledge and permission of the “synod”. He used “Holy Relics” and “Holy Chrism (Myrrh)” necessary for the “Consecration” of unknown origin and authenticity.
  6. Gravely scandalising the conscience of Christians. That being officially Bishop of the “Autocephalous Greek Orthodox Church of the Diaspora” (“Former Exarchate of the Patriarchate of Alexandria in America and Canada”) and serving in the Holy Metropolis of Adelaide in Australia, on the 17th of October 2013 he sent the following secession to Archbishop Petros: <letter follows>

The letter that follows was the same letter that Mr Kanavas posted on Facebook on 2nd of November, so it seems that Mr Haros is corroborating the 17th of October date that Mr Kanavas claimed in that post. This confirms (contrary to our earlier suspicions) that Mr Kanavas did not back-date the “suspension” letter when he posted it on the 2nd of November – that he really did “suspend” Haros on the 17th of October (or rather, he tried to suspend Haros). However, while he may be cleared of that particular “charge”, this still leaves other difficulties for Mr Kanavas (as we mentioned in the earlier post), which we discuss now.

More questions still to be asked

  1. Why the delay in publicising such an important decision? This is clearly a dereliction of duty.
  2. He put the names of other “bishops” against the suspension notice but without their seals or signatures. How do we know that this wasn’t Mr Kanavas acting by himself?
  3. If Mr Kanavas has seceded from Haros’ synod, then who is now Mr Kanavas’ (and GOCSA’s) “archbishop”? Which synod is he now a part of?
  4. If Mr Kanavas really has seceded from Haros’ synod, then Mr Kanavas doesn’t have the authority to suspend Haros (only the members of Haros’ synod or a higher synod can do that). Mr Kanavas can’t have it both ways – he can’t secede from Haros’ synod and suspend/depose him.
  5. If the man who ordained him really is so corrupt that he had to suspend him after barely two months, what does that say about Mr Kanavas’ judge of character/diligence?
  6. It is curious that apparently Mr Haros is so corrupt that Mr Kanavas had to suspend him & leave his synod, yet apparently not corrupt enough that Mr Kanavas’ own ordination is rendered invalid.

This also raises interesting questions for the GOCSA executive, who were selling this union with Haros to members as if it were going to finally make them a legitimate, canonical Orthodox church. Now that they are no longer part of Haros’ synod, how can they still pretend to be canonical?

Conclusion

Brothers and sisters, as we have stated repeatedly, these events are a source of sorrow to us. However, while these scandals are ongoing, serious questions like these need to be asked if we are to ever put the scandals behind us. The GOCSA executive in particular owe their members (ie, those whom they were elected to represent) an explanation as to:

  • why they have been kicked out of three synods in as many years?
  • to which synod (if any) do they now belong? and
  • why do they continue to support a “cleric” as their head who has been deposed three times?

The deposition letter follows below:

Prokopios Kanavas' defrockment, page 1 of 3

Prokopios Kanavas’ defrockment, page 1 of 3. Source: the so-called “Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and Oceania”

Prokopios Kanavas' defrockment, page 2 of 3

Prokopios Kanavas’ defrockment, page 2 of 3. Source: the so-called “Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and Oceania”

Prokopios Kanavas' defrockment, page 3 of 3

Prokopios Kanavas’ defrockment, page 3 of 3. Source: the so-called “Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and Oceania”

Icon of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

Icon of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

Sunday week ago (13th of October) was the Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. In honour of this day we thought it timely to revisit a post we did around this time two years ago, entitled the 7th Ecumenical Council, the Canons and GOCSA. As we discussed in that post, the 7th Ecumenical Council was important not just because it reinstated icons in the churches, but because in it the canons (ie, the rules) of the Orthodox Church were affirmed.

This is especially timely given recent events in our city. For a long time, GOCSA have been promoting themselves as “canonical”. In their July newsletter, they mentioned the fact that they are a recognised denomination for the purposes of Australia’s Marriage Act:

Please note: We have had and enjoyed equal legal standing with the GOAA for 34 years. The Autocephalous GOC of America  ‐ Australia registration and recognition under Australian laws is a valuable ‘asset’ i.e. it testifies to the fact that we are ‘canonical’.

In other words, they claim that because they are registered as a “recognised denomination” with the Australian government, therefore they are “canonical”.

This is an extremely misleading and deceptive statement. Being a “recognised denomination” doesn’t make a church canonical!

What is a “recognised denomination”?

The Australian Government from time-to-time will declare certain religious organisations to be “recognised denominations” for the purposes of the Marriage Act. What this means is that the clergy of these denominations are authorised to fill out the necessary paperwork to make a couple’s marriage recognised by state/territory/federal law. That is all that it means!

You can find a full list of recognised denominations here.

Is the Autocephalic Church of America and Australia a “recognised denomination”?

Yes, they are -they are quite clearly listed in the proclamation. But this simply means that their priests are allowed to register weddings in Australia, and as such it’s not very special. It is worth nothing that there are 121 other religious organisations that are recognised denominations, including Islam, Jewry and Buddhism!

Does this mean that they are a canonical Orthodox Church?

No it does not! That’s why GOCSA’s statement in their newsletter is so deceptive. As we noted above, Islam, Buddhism and Jewry are also recognised denominations – but they are not even Christian, (let alone a canonical Orthodox Church)! In recognising a denomination for the purposes of marriage, the Australian government has no intention of making a judgement about whether or not they are a canonical Orthodox Church – that’s not their job it’s the Orthodox Church’s job!

As we have discussed, to be a canonical Orthodox Church means to be an Orthodox Church that was founded and continues to operate in accordance with the canons of the Orthodox Church – ie, those canons that were adopted by the 7th Ecumenical Council. Sadly, the Autocephalic Church of America and Australia continues to operate outside the bounds of these canons, and they are not recognised as canonical by any of the major Orthodox Churches in the world – not even by the Patriarchate of Alexandria with which they claim to be aligned (the Patriarchate of Alexandria has denied that they are canonical). They therefore remain uncanonical (and hence un-Orthodox) in spite of their claims, and their sacraments unrecognised by any Orthodox church in the world (including the Church of Greece).

How do they become canonical?

To become canonical is very straightforward, in principle: all they need to do is submit to the canons (ie, the rules) of the Church and join with a canonical Orthodox Church. In Australia, the canonical Orthodox Church for Greek-speakers is the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.

In the same article in the July newsletter, GOCSA claimed that the Federation of Greek Orthodox Communities tried to do this:

The Federation efforts did not succeed despite 3 delegation visits to the Ecumenical Patriarchate Istanbul – the Patriarchate failed to give a lead.

This is also extremely misleading. The Ecumenical Patriarchate did give them a lead – they directed them to the official branch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Australia: the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. So it is not that they weren’t given a lead – they just didn’t like the lead that they were given.

It remains a mystery to us why GOCSA are so against reuniting with the Archdiocese. Many other formerly schismatic communities around Australia have successfully followed this lead, and have become canonical by uniting with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. As readers of our blog will know, the most recent of these was the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW in 2011. Their example shows that the Ecumenical Patriarchate has in fact given a lead on these issues.  (Moreover, to this day GOCNSW remains in full ownership of its own property – putting to rest the false rumour that this division is about property ownership.)

It is our fervent prayer for GOCSA to become canonical, and that whatever misconceptions they might have that prevent them from rejoining the Archdiocese to be cleared away. But relying on misdirection and status as a recognised denomination to pretend to be “canonical” is no substitute for the real thing.

And so it seems, given all the available documentation concerning Mr Kanavas and Mr Haros, that yet again, the Greek Community in Adelaide is faced with more troubles which weigh on top of those that have already brought enough sadness and tragedy to many families in this city for over 50 years.

How many of our children have been lost to the Orthodox Faith because of the scandalous attitudes shown during this time which were seemingly evolved around Archdiocese versus Community? How many of our young people fell away from the Church. How many children noted that their parents only honoured their ethnic identity in Church and not worship the LORD? How many of our children did not see and feel in their hearts the Self-Emptying Love of Our LORD Jesus Christ and to come to a faith where they loved the LORD with all their heart, mind, strength and to love their neighbour as themselves? How many did not realise that the Orthodox Church was preaching that the LORD loved them and died for them? How many were torn apart by their misgivings about the motivations of people involved in these communities, people who have been driven by either their own hurts or their beliefs and/or even perhaps HATRED OF JESUS HIMSELF AND HIS HOLY CHURCH? How long will it be before we stop lying to ourselves?

This schism is not about property or money…IN FACT IT NEVER WAS…it was about about ONE PERSON, OUR LORD and HIS HOLY CHURCH and appropriate Canonical Order, as in accordance with the Seven Ecumenical Councils. Anyone who has a working knowledge of Orthodox Theology understands that schism is an extremely serious error. Of course there have been very personal human failings of those involved in this dispute over the years, whether from those within the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia or in GOCSA itself.

God only knows what has been said and done and what hatred there has been. We are all sinners. We all fail. We all seek forgiveness and to forgive. God only knows the suffering that we have all undergone. However the simple fact remains…GOCSA is and remains uncanonical…the so-called Autocephalic Church is uncanonical….the so-called Former Exarchate is uncanonical…the so-called “bishops” are not bishops.

We stand NOW with Christ in Our Midst. We call upon those in the GOCSA, those acting as “bishops”, “priests” and the laypersons to recall the Love of God and His Forgiveness, Who is as Humble as He is Almighty, and the Holy Theotokos whom we commemorate today and our Fathers and Mothers Amongst the Saints to come to their senses about this situation within GOCSA and come to metanoia/repentance and home to the Mother Church. We pray that the “priests” of GOCSA lead the way and bring their people back into the embrace of the Church. Show courage. The LORD forgives all in His Love when we repent. The Holy Orthodox Church awaits you in the Love of our LORD Jesus Christ. God bless you on this Holy Day. May the Theotokos cast her Protection over our people.

Petros Haros the new "Star" of GOCSA

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Mr Petros Haros is the gentleman who goes by the self title: “Archbishop of the Autocephalous Greek Orthodox Church of America and Canada – Former Exarchate of the Alexandria (sic) Patriarchate”. Of course he was first introduced to us by Prokopios as the “Archbishop of Athens and all Greece” to which we spoke about in an earlier blog. By now our readers are well accustomed with the tendency of some to invent titles since these titles come part and parcel with dressing up and claiming something that clearly you are not. However such digressions from Christianity are not new to the Christian Church. Saint Basil of Caesarea saw the exact same occurrences take place within his very own diocese of Caesarea at c. 370 A.D. What we saw in Adelaide and specifically on Franklin Street on Sunday is exactly what Saint Basil saw happening within his diocese of Caesarea. Listen to his very words:

The teachings of the true faith have been overthrown and the ordinances of the Church have been set at naught. The lust for office on the part of men who do not fear the Lord leaps upon the positions of high authority, and quite openly now the foremost prize is offered as a prize of impiety; and consequently that man who has uttered the more horrible blasphemies is accounted the more worthy of the episcopal direction of the people. Gone is the dignity of the priesthood. Wickedness goes beyond all bounds, the laity are deaf to admonition… (Ep. 257)

Sound familiar? Is there really a need to say anything more?

But what about Petros Haros, the “consecrator” of Prokopios. Further to what Saint Basil has already said we provide you with the following official documentation (just like we did with Prokopios).     

Let’s begin with what the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria has to say about Mr Petros Haros. After all it is the claim of Haros that they have their ecclesiastical validity through being aligned with the Patriarchate of Alexandria.   A translation (the original can be viewed below) of the relevant section from an official statement from the Patriarchate of Alexandria reads as follows:

We inform you that the Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa has no ties with this religious formation, the self-called “Former Exarchate of the Patriarchate of Alexandria”.

 

The Patriarchate of Alexandria has never ordained any of their bishops and thus there is no case under any circumstances of apostolic succession.

 

As for their alleged recognition, this was stolen fraudulently and instantly retracted.

 

Hence, we fully share your feelings of abhorrence towards this religious dysplasia which is disruptive of ecclesiastical unity.

 

We remain yours with much love in Christ and great honour.

 

+ Gabriel, Bishop of Leontopolis

Patriarchal Vicar of Alexandria

 Letter from Patriarchate concerning Petros Haros

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Athens “Church of Greece” has also produced its own official statement that testifies to the uncanonicity of Petros Haros as well as informing the faithful that Petros Haros is known within the realms of the Greek Police Force and Greek Media.

 

Holy Synod of the Church of Greece

Holy Synod of the Church of Greece

All the Greek News Papers from 2003-2006 have been involved with Petros Haros, primarily for fraudulently acting as a Medical Practitioner, when truly he was not. The Greek Medical Board of Athens has categorically stated that Petros Haros is not a registered medical practitioner. Consequently Haros was arrested by the Greek Police because he had an illegal medical practice and in 2011 was handed a sentence of six months imprisonment.

Below you will also find documents from the Greek Medical Association as well as articles from Greek media sources. This linked article from “Neos Kosmos” (9th August, 2013) brings together all the facts from these sources and others.

 Greek Medical Association

The Pretend Healer - Petros Haros

50 Euros, the cost of "healing"

Haros in the hands of the Police

We are saddened with the above realisations. However we consider it a duty to inform all the Greek Orthodox faithful of Adelaide about the characters taking on positions of responsibility and trust within the Greek Community. No doubt you will find notable resemblances between these characters, as if to say that they attract each other. How is this so? And why does this happen? Let us once again turn to Saint Basil, him seems to be an expert in this area:

[They] were not partakers of the Holy Spirit, and were not governing their churches by the grace of God, but had seized their dignity by human power and a desire of empty glory… Their aim is one, as it seems – to seek their own advantage everywhere, and to consider him a friend who assists in accomplishing their desires, but to judge him an enemy, and to spare no calumny against him, who opposes their desires”. (Ep. 244)

Brothers and Sisters we end with a litany of peace that forms the opening foundation of every Divine Liturgy. We ask you to please think about the division that plagues our Orthodox faithful in Adelaide each time it is said.

For the peace of the whole world, the stability of the Holy Churches of God and for the union of all, Let us pray to the Lord!

The Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA) remains an uncanonical entity. The entity with which it has apparently united itself and is self-styled with words such as “Holy” and “Sacred Synod of Greece” IS NOT THE HOLY ORTHODOX CHURCH OF GREECE.

The entity known as the Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church of America and Australia (AGOCAA) is not and has never been canonical. Nothing, absolutely nothing has changed. For all the grandeur and beauty of an “ordination”, the “bishops”, vestments, “titles” and emotions felt, NOTHING HAS CHANGED. Anyone, absolutely anyone, can buy any vestment and any Church ornament and any service book. It does not make them a “priest” “bishop” or “canonical”.

Canonicity is of the One Holy and Catholic and Apostolic Church professing the Orthodox Faith. Recognition by a government as a religious entity, DOES NOT MAKE GOCSA CANONICAL OR INDEED ORTHODOX, no matter how one self-styles their entity. Canonicity AGAIN is of and ONLY OF the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church professing the Orthodox Faith. It is for this Faith and for this Church that the Holy Martyrs died from the birth of the Church.  It is for this Church and this Faith that untold of thousands died in Greece, the Balkans and in the Soviet Union.

To remain in schism is an extremely serious spiritual error that IN FACT casts disrespect for the witness of the Saints. It is for this Church and this Faith, that St Nectarios of Pentapolis who had been so terribly wronged and hurt by individuals including a Patriarch himself DID NOT LEAVE THE CHURCH BECAUSE HE WAS IN THE CANONICAL CHURCH. St Nectarios trusted in the Holy Trinity, Who glorified Him as Saint. St Nectarios never thought of leaving the Church, never thought of starting his own entity, never thought of anything except the LOVING GRACE OF GOD and GODS WILL. This is why he is so loved by us, because he kept faith and struggled and brought the individuals in a Church to repentance.

There are many Saints who stood against all who would harm the Church including St Luke the Surgeon who died in 1962, St Mark of Ephesus, the Fathers of the Ecumenical Councils who in the Holy Spirit gave us the Canons, by which GOCSA and AGOCAA and whoever else is in schism are made uncanonical. Members of the Orthodox Church of course are not perfect, no one is…HOWEVER we, as utterly fallen as we are, beset by sin, sadness and personal tragedy, longing for God, accepting His Loving Grace through the Mysteries because of His Love, because He first Loved us, stand well and with fear of His Love, in His Mercy, in Faith, Hope and Love.

MAY THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST THROUGH THE PRAYERS OF THE HOLY THEOTOKOS AND OUR FATHERS AND MOTHERS AMONGST THE SAINTS SAVE US AND PROTECT US AGAINST ALL EVIL. GOD BLESS YOU.

GOCSA is not part of any Canonical Orthodox Church. That of course includes the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia which is an Archdiocese of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (or Orthodox Church) of Constantinople which is in turn, in complete spiritual and canonical union with all of its sister Churches of the worldwide Orthodox Church including the Autocephalous Orthodox Patriarchates (Churches) of Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, Russia, Serbia, Romania, Georgia and Bulgaria and the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches of Greece, Cyprus, Poland, Czech & Slovak Republics and Albania.

Each of these Autocephalous Churches may also be responsible for a number of Autonomous Orthodox Churches around the world such as the Church of Finland which is a self-governing Church under the aegis of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Japanese Orthodox Church which are self-governing Churches under the aegis of Patriarchate of Russia.

Each Church is administered by a Synod under the presidency of its Patriarch or Metropolitan or Archbishop and consists of Archdioceses and Dioceses. Each (arch)diocese has of course a responsible (arch)Bishop, who is in turn completely accountable to his Synod for his Diocese.

If anyone, absolutely anyone or any entity (e.g. GOCSA) is in schism with any one of these Orthodox Churches then they are automatically in complete schism with the entire Orthodox Church that is every Church mentioned above which are the Canonical Orthodox Churches which are in complete communion with each other. All of these Churches are united and fulfilled completely in the Holy Spirit, as the Church of Christ, the Bride of Christ. These Orthodox Churches are of the same Faith, Tradition and Canons, each recognising the Ecumenical Patriarch as the “first amongst equals” that is the Presiding Bishop of the entire Orthodox Church.


Any entity whatsoever, and by whatever name it chooses to call itself, including the use of the name “Orthodox”, which is not in communion with any of the worldwide Orthodox Churches, is therefore not part of it, and its so-called “sacraments” or “mysteries” are of no consequence or invalid. This includes GOCSA. GOCSA is not in communion with any Canonical Orthodox Church of Christ. There are many entities that use the word “Orthodox” and “Sacred Synod” and “Archbishop” and numerous canonical sounding names designed to fool and to divert attention away from their falsehood, that is that they are NOT PART OF THE CANONICAL ORTHODOX CHURCH. ALL SO-CALLED “SACRAMENTS” MEAN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IF YOU ARE NOT IN COMMUNION WITH THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE AND ITS SISTERS CHURCHES. PERIOD.

The Communion of these Canonical Churches is in the Holy Spirit which preserves the Bride of Christ, that is the Holy Orthodox Church. Every tide of persecution waged against Christ and His Church and the Saints of Christ, whether through the Early Roman Persecutions, or Fall of Constantinople, or the Communist Rule in the Soviet Union could never destroy the Church. The Church can never be extinguished, precisely because of the Holy Spirit. Anyone, but anyone who goes into schism with the Church commits a extremely serious spiritual error because it denies the work of the Holy Spirit. All of this of course does not mean that everyone in the Orthodox Church is perfect. History knows of course of how certain individuals and groups who were within the Church, including malignant Bishops and Lay Persons have caused much controversy and hurt, but even then, the Holy Spirit protected the Church. The Orthodox Church of Christ, is where we come laden with our sins and hurts to the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, whether Bishop, Priest, Deacon, Monk, Lay person and to receive Christ, forgiveness, Life itself. The Orthodox Church is what it is and cannot compromise even one iota of what it is because it is in the Holy Spirit. This is the Doctrine of the Church that is central to Orthodox Christian Theology. This is why schism is so serious.

This is not about being Greek or Russian or whatever. Our ethnicity is immaterial to our salvation. It is about JESUS CHRIST, it is about LOVE.

We are truly sorry for the historical events that lead to GOCSA’s schism. May the LORD of LOVE guide those who wish to seek Jesus. May the LORD bless those in GOCSA who seek Him completely and truly.

WE ARE ALL PRAYING FOR THE LOVE OF GOD TO ENTER OUR HEARTS SO THAT WE CAN ASK FOR FORGIVENESS AND TO FORGIVE. The Orthodox Church calls its children home. 

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