The Example of Saint Ambrose of Milan and the Contemporary Theories of Obligatory Cessation of Communion with those in Communion with Hierarchs Preaching Heresy «Bare-Headed»

By Protopresbyter Peter Heers 

Today, December 7th, we celebrate the memory of our Father Among the Saints Ambrose of Milan. The Life of the Saint, written by his close disciple Paulinus, relays important information on the state of the Church at the time and the way in which the Saint was elected bishop which is quite relevant to our contemporary situation and very instructive for us vis-a-vis how the Fathers of the Church dealt with heresy.

I will state them plainly and then comment again on them below, in the midst of excerpts from the Life of the Saint:

1. 50 years AFTER the First Oecumenical Council, which condemned Arianism, it is clear that there were Arians and Orthodox within the same Church communion. Continue reading

THE FAITHFUL PEOPLE OF GOD NOT ONLY HAVE THE RIGHT – THEY ARE OBLIGED TO CORRECT ERRING CLERICS

INTRODUCTION

Many believers write to me or ask me when I visit parishes or speak somewhere, what am I able to do, as a lay person, when my priest or bishop diverts from the Faith of the Church or teaches or guides believers in a manner contrary to the received Tradition and teaching of the Holy Fathers. The following excerpt from the homilies of the great Elder and Teacher of the Church, Athanasius Mytilinaios of Greece provides a good answer.

EXCERPT:

There exists the pan-heresy of ecumenism, which has taken hold of Patriarchs and Archbishops by the back of the neck the world over. Patriarchs and Archbishops throughout the world. You know, when someone comes and grabs you by the back of the neck, you are immobilized. If you grab a cat by its neck and you lift it up, he cannot bite you. He is unable to do anything and is immobilized. Continue reading

The «Council» of Crete and the New Emerging Ecclesiology: An Orthodox Examination

 By Protopresbyter Peter Heers,

Professor of Old and New Testament, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary,

Jordanville, NY

  Lecture delivered at the Clergy Retreat

of the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

For a full written and photo report of the retreat, go to the Eastern American Diocese of ROCOR.

Audio and video versions of this lecture will be forthcoming; please check back to orthodoxethos.com for these.

Howell, New Jersey

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Your Eminence, Metropolitan HILARION

Your Eminence, Metropolitan JONAH

Your Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS,

Your Grace, Bishop IRENEI,

Venerable fathers and brothers in Christ,

Christ is in Our Midst!

I consider it an honor to stand before you today, to speak to the Shepherds and Pastors of Christ’s rational flock, and in particular to the successors of the great work begun in the Russian Diaspora by such holy ones as St. John the Wonderworker and Metropolitans Anthony, Anastasi, Philaret, and Vitaly, Archbishop Averky and Metropolitan Laurus and many others, who are revered fathers not only of the Russian Church Abroad, but indeed of the Church Catholic.

The witness given by the Fathers of the Russian Church Outside of Russia with regard to the Holy Tradition, the monastic and ascetic ideal and in particular the ecclesiology of the Church, continues to inspire and guide Orthodox throughout the world.Today, as the Ark of the Church sways in the wake of the passing of the self-styled ‘Great and Holy Council» of Crete, we have great need of their exactitude in life and faith – or, better, we have great need to follow and imitate them in these. Continue reading

SAYINGS OF ELDER PAISIOS

 » We went through fire and water…»

The crosses of ordeals

•  I have always on me the small cross you gave me, O Elder, and it helps me to overcome difficulties.

 •  Yes, these small crosses are our crosses. Like the ones we wear around our necks and protect us in our lives. What do you think? Do we bear a big cross? Only Christ’s Cross was very heavy because Christ did not want to use for Himself His divine strength out of love for us, the people. Moreover, he bears the weight of all the crosses of the world and disburdens us from the pains of the ordeals with His divine help and His sweet comfort.

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