By: Rev. Father George, SSJt. - Cor-Bishop
Many Countries in the free world who have been faced with terrorist threats and activities since the attack on the now infamous 911 (September 11) on the soil of the United States of America.
They are seeing and becoming victims as a result of the implementation of newer laws where many things, both spoken and written by news media, various social and philanthropic organizations, churches and their various religious organizations and services are being placed under closer scrutiny by various agencies of their Federal and local governments.
The laws causing this scrutiny would appear to be coming on the heels of a broader definition of what is a "threat" both inside and outside the borders of a country. Such threats against those of public people and the government, including priests and other clergy who are considered by most as being 'public figures' who have public focus both good and ill has become more acute without regard for religion or denomination unless they have joined in and with the modern synchrestic ecumenism of these times as well as those who are Islamic or Muslim. This includes churches, organizations and others who have either a religious or political character whose voices are heard by the people.
There are people who hold to the opinion that this has become a more intense scrutiny in North America as the trembling undertone of personal clashes between hierarchies cut across jurisdictional lines of various Orthodox and Catholic Christian Churches.
The results of those events have caused for an increase in the Catacomb Church movement due to the tightening of religious freedoms it has been opined, more especially upon those groups who refuse to join in and with the spreading disease sometimes referred to as 'synchrestic ecumenism' and cultic Protestantism.
It is further the opinion of some that this disease is spurned forward by the World Council of Churches and the World Council of Bishops who enjoy such membership as worshippers of Satan (both knowingly and unknowingly), various Protestant denominations, Pagans, Gnostics, etc. They subscribe to un-christian doctrines and ethics which sound "Christian" but are not adhering to the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ and the Seven Ecumenical Councils of ancient times. This is a move toward that ONE WORLD RELIGION and ONE WORLD CHURCH, a religion of the Antichrist as prophesied and a Government that will be ruled by Satan or the spirit of Anti-Christ.
While printed and other electronic news media carried the story, only mildly, about the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and his intentions to evict monks of the Esphigmenou Monastery on Mt. Athos, there is a more in-depth cause and reason for the monks to be in opposition.
The opposing of the Patriarch lays in his having joined in and with the modern day ecumenists, as so many other Patriarchs have done or are doing (there has been and does not now exist any one individual known as a Patriarch in North America, and those who claim they are a PATRIARCH in North America, are self-made! for such an descriptive term would violated the ancient Seven Ecumenical Councils).
Such involvements and dialogue with the ecumenists compromises Orthodox (East and West) and betrays Christianity's true teachings as has been shown by the Protestants and the World Council of Churches actions to date.
It is no wonder that the monks of Mt. Athos oppose the Patriarch of Constantinople. The history is rather succinct. The Patriarch is not truly elected by the clergy and faithful anymore as was the common way according to the ancient Seven Ecumenical Councils, but now elected by the Satanic Muslim (Islamic) political arm, the government of Turkey.
Yet, this very action as described, is but a smaller picture which is a glimpse into the larger picture of what is happening through out the world.
Some believe that the actions of the monks in resistance on Mt. Athos make them members of the "Catacomb Church" movement because of their refusal to bend to the will or seed of an anti-Christian action and activity which has seeped its ugly fangs and venom into the Orthodox Catholic Christian Faith.
Earlier, in our definition of the "Catacomb Church,' reference was made to the 'ordinations in secret' by the Primate, Metropolitan Archbishop +Joseph Thaddeus, and that when this particular venture was first begun, in accord with the bishops under whom they feed the sheep of Jesus Christ's, there was much to understand.
Those unknown priests and bishops in the shadows work quietly among those who know them. There is not any outward identifying factors for the most part in these present times. They wear no identifying clothing, no public insignia or signs to identify themselves. They wear no habit of a religious holy order to which some may belong; and make no solicitation for funds directly. They are truly quiet, speak (for the most part) softly, are attentive to what is being said, are not rash to judgment, show compassion, not interruptive of others, follow and practice a form of being meek, humble and never consider themselves above others, even other clergy. These are a few of their many attributes which this writer has come to know from personal observations. Truly, they are strugglers in this life for the life to come and exemplars for us who are more visible in the vineyard. We could learn much from them.
Because of various situations and events which had a small affect on the health of the A.O.C. Primate, +Thaddeus in past years; and his many experiences of the past, he took a more aggressive approach for the continuation of the Catacomb Church movement within this jurisdiction, precipitated more by what he had viewed or seen as not only anti-Christian sentiment through out the world, but the growth of such pseudo-Christian activities under the aegis of synchrestic ecumenism and the "correctness disease" including heretical Pentecostals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons (Church of Latter Day Saints) and the satanic Muslim (Islam) religion.
His Eminence, +Thaddeus, momentary encounters with the now blessed and Sainted Archbishop, +John Maximovitch and his disciple, Father Seraphim Rose of reposed memory, had a profound effect upon much that +Thaddeus believes, thinks and does which, when taken together, has endeared a few to support him and his endeavors.
In his actions, prior to his relocating from California to Ohio, then to New Mexico, our Vladyka +Thaddeus was asked several questions concerning the "Catacomb Church". One in particular struck me most prominently. His answer that I recorded, implies the question.
"The good virtues which our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, wishes us to hold, practice and follow, I have not yet obtained in spite of my off-handed jokes in times past. I am a struggler in the Orthodox Catholic Christian Faith like many others and can make no claim of having obtained the fullness of Orthodoxy itself or any other virtue as I am unworthy of such a claim until I learn, in the next life, of whether my faith and struggle was worthy. Only Jesus Christ can say we have arrived or obtained, and then only, I believe, when we have crossed the veil that separates us in this life from the next. Forgive me for my off-handed joking on some of those things for surely I have sinned and therefore an example of unworthiness.
In a recent telephone conversation with +Thaddeus, shortly after he and those with him had moved into their own residence was I reminded of his admonition to newly ordained catacomb priests in California; "Your identities as priests are to be known only to those who ordained you, those gathered here who form the nucleus of your missionary efforts and to God. No one outside of all of us and those who may join your missionary efforts later, shall know you as priests unless those who may secure verification of your ordinations from myself as your ordaining bishop or the bishop under whom you will serve. Even then, those who may, in the future, attempt to contact me for verification shall not be given such information until I know that you have vouchsafed their need to know."
I was also reminded by His Eminence that this action is similar to the actions of the so-called "Breaking of the Seals of the Confessional" in a civil court of law which some had been falsely accused of doing by newspaper accounts and which many of the faithful do not even understand the operation of.
"In a Civil or Secular Court of law, the Seals of the Confessional may not be broken unless the repentant sinner who made the confession, himself confesses in open court what was said either in part, or in whole. Only that which is made known by the confessant, can the priest testify to or verify. But those things not disclosed to others in such a civil action, may not be disclosed by the priest who heard the confession. Those things not made known under the Seals of the Confessional by the repentant sinner may not be discussed by the priest.
Newspapers and the electronic news media have made a political field-day with these many issues either purposefully or unintentionally... having played upon the 'ignorant' on how Seals of the Confessional operate. Sadly to say, even some of the faithful, in their own ignorance, have believed lies as truth and truth as lies regarding some clergy in the Roman Catholic Church, other jurisdictions, even the American Orthodox Church and North American Orthodox Church.
Some of these things have been instigated upon the faithful by errant clergy of other jurisdictions who have attempted to attack other clergy. Most of this is instigated by unbelievers such as Pentecostals, Mormons, Jehovah's Witness, Church of Christ and those who call themselves (errantly) as being "Non-Denominational" because they cannot abide by or hold to the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ Himself and those Apostles he ordained and their successors, Holy Martyrs and Patristic Fathers.
In spite of what others have said or make claim to, those of the Catacomb Church movement operate in a similar fashion as to their identities.
Truly, the Catacomb Church Movement consisting of those clergy... are a clergy IN THE SHADOWS!
(Apostle1.com's Note and Commentary: Permission has been given to certain and specific jurisdictions to copy and past this 3-part article into their own web site pages with the understanding that in doing so, they abide by the requirement of not altering any part or whole of each page. To leave the article in tact without alteration whatsoever, and to provide due and proper credit to both the author and the jurisdiction of the American Orthodox Church at (http://www.apostle1.com ... If this or any page is altered whatsoever, we shall have to rely on other measures to enforce these honorable requests.).
NOTICE to VISITORS ABOUT our Web Page Content, OUR sending and receiving - E-MAIL Policies, Telephone calls and other Important Trivia
(A Sort of Rules of "Engagement" and "Disclaimer")
Click here for: Our Copyright Notice covering all of this website's contents.
"Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater"
"Show forth fruits of Repentance" (St. John the Baptist)
"YOUR ACTIONS SPEAK SO LOUD about you,
that I can't hear what you are saying" (+Thaddeus)
Views expressed in various articles, news, and information
published or posted do not necessarily represent the views of
apostle1.com or other of those traditional
Orthodox Jurisdictions (Churches) hosted here.
The Founding of Orthodoxy
How Many Times
Is Christianity Collapsing? A
theological evaluation regarding T.B.N. and its so-called ministers!
Demise of Marriage And Dissolution of the Family
Abouna's Two Cents Worth
or at his new website at:
www.freewebs.com/abouna_gregori/ (blogs, guest-book, memorial page and more)
How Many Times
Is Christianity Collapsing? A theological evaluation regarding T.B.N. and its so-called ministers!
Part II -Is Christianity Collapsing?
The Demise of Marriage And Dissolution of the Family
» Abouna's Two Cents Worth or at his new website at:
www.freewebs.com/abouna_gregori/ (blogs, guest-book, memorial page and more)
Amber Alert Information on missing Children
Before, During and after the Lenten Season, Pascha or Easter:
It is one's duty as a true Christian which rests upon the Orthodox Catholic Christian Faith established by Jesus Christ, that one continues on the path, the struggle in this life to: Learn the true meaning of Pascha (Easter) and the Life of Christ, His teachings and their importance for all who call themselves "Christian" which means "a follower of Jesus Christ":
He Is Risen Indeed
Click on either the above Icon or any of the following links to learn more!
Pascha - Lenten Season - Easter
● Lent Message
● The Institution of Lent ● Turning The Other Cheek ● Hating One's Parents ● Violence and the Kingdom ● The Last Events of Christ
● A word for the People of God
and Other Hard Sayings of Jesus Christ
● Who are the Modern Day Pharisees and Sadducees who abuse the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ? ● What is a Safe Church
Does FEMA have master plan to use pastors for homeland security nationwide? Important & Updated
www.freewebs.com/abouna_gregori/ (blogs, guest-book, memorial page and more)
A Message from Our metropolitan Archbishop - UPDATED
A Very Special Message....
Our Primate's Message Archives - 2006
Our Primate's Message Archives 2004-2005
Go To: Apostasy & the Roman Jurisdicition of the Catholic Church
Go To: Abouna Gegroi 2 cents worth Go to: Daily Commemorations.
When Viewing a News Article click on the link to Return to "Home Page" or Daily News for 2006. For Daily/weekly News and Information Archives click on one of the follwoing:
2006 NEWS ARCHIVE
2005 News Archive
2004 news Archive
2003 News Archive.
Our Daily/Weekly News and information gathering has enlarged. As a result, we will be posting, on the entry page, only those current News and Informational Items for the day/week. All other news and informational items for previous days in the month will be moved to our Archive Pages for that month and year, as shown above...
Also... It is suggested you view the article and especially the related commentary opinion having to do with your telephone, internet and other activities since the defeat of one of the extension provisions of the Patriot Act by clicking here...
Apostle1.com, Apostle1.org and Apostle1.net
We are an educational, News-informational and research Web Site dedicated to providing such as befits those who seek things pertinent to the Orthodox Catholic Christian Faith and life.
A few have sent us inquiries as to why we post information and/or articles relating to what might be considered as political and sometimes from other Protestants . And the reply is much the same as it states on the entry page.... We Are:
A Non-Profit Religious Hosting Service
an Educational, News, Informational and Research Web Site dedicated to providing such as befits those who seek things pertinent to the Orthodox Catholic Christian Faith and life for various
Traditional Orthodox Jurisdictions
While the answer and question above is not sufficient for some to understand, we take the view (which we believe is ORTHODOX) that all things pertinent to life and living affects, and has an effect, upon not just our belief (Orthodox), but (for many) the way in which we act in accordance with our belief, our very faith.
Because this is a highly Protestant Country in which we live, having an effect upon the laws of the land, we should know something of what is on-going and where efforts by those denominations may affect and have a intrinsic effect on our very laws, for such does have an effect upon our daily lives as Orthodox Catholic Christians.
If one is not cognizant of the real events happening both locally and in the world, although many are removed from the world... one will not know what to expect or what to do, or how one can or cannot act which might betray one's faith and accrue the wrath of civil authorities as laws change. Yet, we are also reminded that these things must happen and it was for that which there exists many early Christian Martyrs and Saints.
While we can remove ourselves from the world, we still live in it. And for the faithful, theirs is a struggle for knowledge and understanding. All things are pertinent to the Orthodox Catholic Christian Faith which is the very foundation of Christianity. As such, we can not abandon them and leave them blind to events and happenings.
What we post as related to those things similar to various articles which might have a political theme or non-Orthodox Catholic Christian content of sorts ... does not mean or imply that we are supportive of, for, or against something articulated in an article, so much as it is NEWS and our faithful should be made aware, for such may be the very thing that will impact their day-to-day life. It is for them, their free will... to judge the relevancy.
Remember, not all Protestants, especially hard core cultic groups such as "Charismatic" - "Evangelical" "Promise Keepers" "Church of Christ" "Methodism" "Pentecostals" "Jehovah's Witnesses" "Mormons" and other people are not so generous in their viciousness toward anyone and anything that appears "Catholic" whether of the Roman or Orthodox jurisdictions, for they do not know or want to learn that which makes them "different" in their walk and talk as being far from the roots of Christianity.
Remember, it is the Roman jurisdiction of the Catholic Church which has more outwardly shown that it can be one of the most vicious toward those who are not Roman but are very much "Catholic" - for the sun and moon does not rise and set on the Vatican (Latin or Roman) jurisdiction as to who is or is not "Catholic" for the Roman jurisdiction split (schismed) from the roots of "Catholicism" which is founded in what is termed and called today as "Orthodoxy".
Any good article or piece of information will be considered so long as it is not defamatory or slanderous toward an individual when not based on TRUTH or FACT, or which is altered out of context from its original publishing by recognized sources. All new articles submitted, after viewing and recommendations, are passed to our Editor, our Vladyka, +Joseph Thaddeus, OSB, SSJt., Ph.D.
I prefer a defeat accompanied by humility to a victory accompanied by pride.
Yes, our Metropolitan Archbishop, +Joseph Thaddeus, SSJt., Ph.D. strongly defends the Seals of the Confessional for such leads to true Repentance in thought, word and deed whereby the penitent is required to make amends, where possible, to seek forgiveness of those harmed by his actions whether real or imagined, and to give his forgiveness to those who have harmed him before taking the Holy Body and Blood in the Eucharist, Jesus the Christ. The reality of this understanding is bound up in and with the findings for which cause he, himself, had been character assassinated by his detractors who claim the courts prevented him from breaking the Seals of the Confessional which is not the truth at all.... Click here to see what another bishop's findings are...
The workings of Holy Spirit will not be daunted by those who attempt to cause disruption! It is for these and other reasons that you are urged to read what true repentance and forgiveness means for real "Christians".
"It would be better to have ten (10) true repentant X-felons who ask for and give true forgiveness than it would be to have one (1) non-x-felon or common person whose self-righteousness exceeds even the Pharisees, Sadducees, the gossip mongers, slanderers and un-repentant; for the repentant x-felon understands the true meaning of the Church's purpose as being the spiritual hospital." (siq) +Joseph Thaddeus, OSB, SSJt., Ph.D., Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate
Yes... "Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater..." (1992-Fr. Alan Stanford)
One can ask, "What part of 'Prejudice' and 'hate' do you not understand? Are you a complacent person? In light of the saying, examine yourself! You may be surprised if you are honest with yourself for your soul may convict you before Jesus Christ convicts you in the times to come!
"When tested by some trial you should try to find out not why or through whom it came, but only how to endure it gratefully, without distress or rancor."
St. Mark the Ascetic.
"Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit." Psalms 32:1-2
For further information about how spammers, hackers and those who are angry with you can or will attempt to do damage, we offer the following link as regards some of the computer - internet problems:
This website is the property of the American Orthodox Church (AOC), North American Orthodox Church (NAOC) and the American Orthodox Catholic Church (AOCC). This website and all it's contents are under Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 by the American Orthodox Church (AOC), North American Orthodox Church (NAOC) and the American Orthodox Catholic Church (AOCC). All Rights Reserved under International Copyright Conventions. No part or whole of this website may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information, storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from either the American Orthodox Church (AOC), North American Orthodox Church (NAOC) or the American Orthodox Catholic Church (AOCC). Information provided in any directory(ies) may not be recompiled into other directories or used as the basis for a derived work without explicit written permission.
U.S. Copyright Office
101 Independence Ave. S.E. Washington, D.C. 20559-6000
For permission to copy or use any of this material please contact us by using the E-Mail or the Postal Address located at the left of this page.
Regarding Copyrighted (c) Copyrighted Logos at this website:
All logos of
this Website are copyrighted by their owners and Apostle1.com in California
County, New Mexico 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 by the
American Orthodox Church, Inc. (California), North American Orthodox Church and the \American Orthodox Catholic Church Designed by Webfriar Ministries, and His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop +Joseph Thaddeus, SSJt., Ph.D.
All Rights Reserved and may not be used without the explicit consents in writing of the owners and use by any other person(s) or entities may be prosecutable.
(Click On The Above Icon/link for More Information)
+ Our Monastic Community
Keep Up-To-Date by clicking on:
Quotes from Metropolitan Archbishop +Joseph Thaddeus, SSJt., Ph.D. Continuously updated
If You have a question that you wish to ask, please feel free to submit it. However, may it be suggested that you review all previous questions for the Month and also the Archive of questions previously asked for your question may have already been answered.
Click Here For Archive Quotes
Click Here for AOC HISTORY PAGES
Twenty First Century Desert Fathers
Who Are: The Thaddeans?
Lines of Apostolic Succession of His Eminence
In The Shadows
Privacy Watch NOTICE to VISITORS ABOUT OUR E-MAIL, Telephone and Response POLICY - Updated
Saint Jude Thaddeus (Helper of the Hopeless) and The Thaddean Fathers (SSJt.)
MAN: To Err, the Church and Holy Spirit
The True meaning of Repentance and forgiveness
AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE CLERGY
Is Christianity At The Cross Roads?
As The World Goes, So Goes The Church
Anomalies in Ecclesiology of Contemporary Orthodox Churches
Attempts at Coming to An Understanding of Orthodox Catholic Christianity
A Response to two articles: Pedophilia Condoned (Approved) By Islam & Dalai Lama With Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox and Others"
GRAMMATA ON THE MEANING OF CANONICAL
Definition and Meaning of "Orthodoxy"
Orthodox Catholic Christian Fasts, Feasts, and Daily Prayers
See the Main Page for Weekly-Daily listings/
To Change the Nation and the World
A Dictionary of Orthodox Terminology
A Spiritual Hospital For Sinners
(Clergy: Monks, Nuns, Priests and Bishops)
Our Clergy Application - Agreement
Free Hit Counter