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Deterioration of ROCOR’s Ecclesiastical Confession

“After the blessed repose of Metropolitan Philaret on the feast of the Holy Archangels, November 8, 1985, many of the faithful began to note with alarm, whereas for the past twenty years of the Russian Church Abroad had been progressively cutting off ecclesiastical contact with the innovating local churches, these contacts now began to increase, especially at a hierarchical level. Those of non-Russian background especially protested, since they saw this turn of events as a repudiation of the reason they had left the ecumenistic jurisdictions they had belonged to before. Such tendencies had been observed for a time in some of the bishops of the Russian Church Abroad, but now, with the repose of Metropolitan Philaret, and the repose and retirement of other bishops, these tendencies became a full-fledged policy ‘by economia’ and later by synodal decree….”

“After my death our beloved Church abroad will break in three ways….first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us…then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow…what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church.” – Metropolitan Philaret of New York (1985)


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