A united front for all true American Orthodox Catholic Christian Jurisdictions! Is it really Possible?

and Why?

My Brothers and Sisters in the vineyard of this life

for the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, Our Savior;

 

The Church herself, and this Jurisdiction, cannot and must not force anyone to unity. It cannot order anyone to be in unity either. But, it should and must be directed towards unity of one’s own self with God.

In this kind of union each of us as faithful members and as clergy carry our own individual biological features, but no one can base this on his or her future.

In the Kingdom of God, in which there is neither Jew, nor Greek, as the Apostle Paul says, and even more, there is neither male nor female gender, nothing can be based on something so transitory, temporal and that has no constancy or eternity by itself.

Nothing of biological features can be regarded as a condition for unity with God and his people... not ethnicity, not Color, and definitely NOT gender! All of this has a changeable character, susceptible to alteration either by God or man, perfection or fall, transformation or demise.

This is also true of national affiliation, not only because ethnophyletism as an occurrence in the Church has been condemned at the council of Constantinople in the nineteenth century, but also because national affiliation is the most subsidiary of all the biological features of humanity, and is the most inconstant and uncertain.

It is inconstant and uncertain first of all because it is very difficult to claim and insist on, with certainty, the purity of a certain nation, but more importantly because, for the affiliates of any people to enter the Kingdom of God, they have to change into God’s people.

The argument that each nation or a state of a nation, only because it is different from another nation or state in a nation, should have an autocephalous Church, is unsupported. At the same time, the arguments are unsupported which says that a mature local Church cannot be self-governed only because it does not have a different nationality from one that already has autocephaly, National affiliation cannot and must not be the only criterion for independence.

The Church measures according to the criterion of maturity in love and service, and according to pastoral needs, and not according to the criterion of inconsistent biological features. This is why there are so many problems with those who ask for autocephaly on the basis of the separateness of the nation and the state.

It is because of this understanding that In 1922, Metropolitan Platon (Rozhdestvensky) assumed leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church in North America having received the appointment of Patriarch (Saint) Tikhon of Moscow and All Russia. In 1923, Metropolitan Platon, with the approval of Patriarch Tikhon, elevated Bishop +Aftimios to the position of Archbishop as follow:

An Act of the Synod of Bishops
of the Russian Orthodox Church
in North America

Moscow Patriarchate:

"Now we, the Synod of Bishops of the Dioceses of the American Russian Jurisdiction, believing ourselves called of Christ and moved of the Holy Spirit in behalf of Holy Church and Her children in America, and being fully authorized through a Letter (See Note below by the asterisk * and the letter is emphasized by italics as quoted) - - - - by the highest Authority in the Church to which we owe and maintain strict obedient loyalty;

"We hereby, on this 2nd day of February (new style) in the year 1927, charge one of our number, His Eminence, the Most Reverend Aftimios, Archbishop of Brooklyn, with the full responsibility and duty of caring and providing for American Orthodoxy in the especial sense of Orthodox Catholic people born in America and primarily English-speaking or any American residents or parishes of whatever nationality or linguistic character or derivation not satisfactorily provided with proper and canonical Orthodox Catholic care, ecclesiastical authority, teaching and ministrations of the Church or who may wish to attach themselves by the properly and legally provided means to an autonomous, independent, American Orthodox Church. And to that end, that he may discharge the duty and responsibility laid upon the Church and by us on him, we do hereby permit, empower, authorize and direct the said Archbishop of Brooklyn to found, organize, establish, head, conduct, control, and maintain a distinct, independent, and autonomous branch of the Orthodox Catholic Church to be known and legally established and generally recognized as a Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America with the provisions that (1) such newly-established Orthodox Catholic Church shall be and forever remain in all respects truly Orthodox Catholic in the sense of the Fathers, Councils, Canons, and Tradition of the Historic Undivided Church still existing in the several Patriarchates and Autonomous Churches of the one Holy Orthodox Catholic Apostolic Eastern Church, and shall be in full communion and Orthodox Catholic brotherly fellowship with, but only with, Orthodox Catholic Churches, Clergy, and Faithful, maintaining and strictly observing the full content and form of sound, undefiled Eastern Orthodox Catholic Doctrine, Traditions, Canons, Discipline, Order and Sacramental Communion; and (2) in as much as it is derived from and canonically founded by the Church of Russia through the primary and sole Orthodox Catholic Missionary and evangelistic efforts of the Russian Church in America and fully recognizes the primacy and canonical exclusiveness of the Russian Jurisdiction and hierarchy in America throughout the first century of Orthodox existence in the New World, the newly-established Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America, while entirely autonomous and independent in its organization, constitution, administration, jurisdiction, and authority, shall preserve at all times its brotherly and filial relationship to the Orthodox Church of Russia represented in Russia by the Patriarchal Authority of Moscow and All Russia and in America by His Eminence, Metropolitan Platon, and his canonically established and recognized successors as Archbishop of the American Jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Moscow and All Russia. Further: We do hereby, on this 2nd day of February, 1927 (new style), elect and give order for the Consecration of the Very Reverend Leonid Turkevitch to be Bishop in the newly-founded Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America as assistant to its Governing Head, His Eminence, the Most Reverend Aftimios, Archbishop of Brooklyn, and by him to be appointed to such position or See as the Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America by its Constitution or By-Laws may provide or erect for the first assistant Bishop under its Primate.

"May God prosper and Bless this work in His Name and to His Glory. Amen. Issued under our hands and seals in the City of New York, on the 2nd day of February (new style) in the year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred and Twenty Seven."

Signed by:
Platon, Metropolitan of North America and Canada;
Aftimios, Archbishop of Brooklyn;
Theophilus, Bishop of Chicago;
Amphilohy, Bishop of Alaska;
Arseny, Bishop of Winnipeg;
Alexy, Bishop of San Francisco

*The Letter referred to above is one written by Metropolitan Sergius, Acting Patriarchal Locum Tenens of the Russian Orthodox Church, under date of September 12th, 1926 (new style) addressed to the Russian Bishops outside of Russia.

[NOTE: Please take note that there are many who claim to be the original and only AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, but the fact of the matter is that there are many AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCHES across the United States of America. This particular Jurisdiction is the One and Original AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH initially incorporated in California, U.S.A.

It does not take a rocket scientist to realize that some of those who make their claims that the above document was intended, issued and meant only for their particular Church jurisdiction is a slap in the face of true Orthodox Catholic Christianity in America because it disparages the faith of the Church which involves a degree of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit who encouraged the Moscow Patriarchate to do as said in the letter.

What is more, many of those clerics who disparage the Church, may be in fact, "Bishops" by secular standards of documentation, but have factually left the faith delivered once and for all from Jesus Christ through the Holy Apostles down through time and history to us who are successor apostles (Bishops) who maintain the faith and we do not claim to be INDEPENDENT this or INDEPENDENT that, etc.

And those who, claiming themselves INDEPENDENT, ordain or allow to be ordained female clergy as priests and bishops against, and in violation of, the ancient Seven Ecumenical Councils therefore have, in fact, automatically excommunicated themselves and those who follow them from all of Orthodox Catholic Christianity.

Thus, anyone who claims a nomenclature of their church, jurisdiction or parish with such that equates to a popish name of the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church, are not truly Orthodox for neither Ethnic Orthodox and Western Rite Orthodox do not, and never will, subscribe to the heresies of the Roman Jurisdiction who schismed from the One, Holy, Orthodox, Catholic and Apostolic Church by her innovative ideas and her violations of the ancient Seven Ecumenical Councils.

As to "Liturgies" may it be noted that St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai & San Francisco has, as regards the various Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church's liturgies, said, "... "Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must also be eastern. The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."

May it also be noted and understood that while there are certain ethnic jurisdictions who firmly believe that all who are chosen to become Bishops, should be chosen in accordance with Biblical truth. So what is that truth? Do the research! You will find that no where is there any support for all to come from a celibate or unmarried class or state of monasticism, even though it is an honorable state and a very Holy State; and one that is truly time honored. But never, ever does Holy Scripture support the exclusion of an unmarried episcopate.]

Are we therefore able to establish a Patriarchate? The answer is absolutely “NO!” … Why would we? It would take all the major Patriarchates or, in this particular instance, require the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church to establish the AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH PATRIARCHATE and be affirmed by all other major Patriarchates of Orthodoxy through out the world. And, the very name “AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH” and even “NORTH AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH” belong to us.

With fatherly and brotherly love in our mutual God, we address each of you both separately and collectively, as Orthodox Christians, to take your personal and catholic responsibility before the Living God and before His Holy Church and together, with us, to do everything possible and necessary for overcoming the many schisms, especially in our Orthodox Church of these United States of America, and through out the world.

    We must heal the wounds of disunity, and non-communion between us in order to achieve a triumph of brotherly Christian love over the evil forces and passions, especially by those who may use a similar or same name of their Jurisdiction(s) as us.

    We must do all this to God’s glory, to witness the truth of Holy Orthodoxy in the present turbulent world, and for the spiritual benefit and salvation of our souls.

The essence of the spiritual task before us, enjoined by God, is to establish liturgical communion and canonical unity, not only between us and other Orthodox Catholic Churches through out the U.S.A, but also between us most holy Orthodox Churches, that is, the entire Orthodox spiritual family in the world, “the family of the Only-begotten,” according to the words of St. John Chrysostom.

My brothers, as a Church Jurisdiction, we do not and must not act from a position of national exclusiveness, and we must not have any national or territorial pretensions towards others.

As some of you already know, ethnophyletism, that is the subjection of the Church to national and political ideologies and programs, has long been condemned as a heresy. Ethnophyletism is generated precisely from the weakened consciousness of Orthodox Catholicity of the Church herself, thus creating ground for divisions and schisms. Far too many so-called churches or jurisdictions exist as a result of these things, even to the degree of using this Jurisdiction’s name in some form. We must endeavor to heal them and bring them with us in the One, Holy, Orthodox, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

May you, in your endeavors, invite all who you seek out, to approach them to bring unity in the Church. It is an utmost blessing and honor for all of us to serve it. We must approach with sincerity, with no vicious intentions, in the name of God.

Our desire is to ask you and those who are with you in spirit and in truth, to join with us in some fashion or form whereby we can act as a united front for the disasters this world and this country is going through and will go through even worse in times ahead.  NO ONE, and we do mean NO ONE, will be a Chief "mucky muck" this or Chief "mucky muck" that.  What it means is putting aside differences, maintaining your jurisdiction as you want to, not as we want you too... so much as being connected together more strongly in such a way whereby we defend each other's right to worship and to be witnesses to the Life and Teachings of Jesus the Christ as provided in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  And, of course, continuing in our practices to abide by the ancient epitome... the  Seven Ecumenical Councils without adulteration. 

Let us endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, so that we can all be one body, and one Spirit, because there is only One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God and Father of all, Who is above all, through all and in you all (Eph. 4:3-6). Amen!

Metropolitan Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), O.S.B., SSJt., Ph.D. – Primate

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"Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must also be eastern. The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."

 

- Blessed St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco

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Daily News is very important to those who are true Orthodox Catholic Christians.  For without knowing or gaining information for understanding about what is happening in one's local area and around the world, you could  find yourself faced with denied services in the secular area, lack of income, even (although it sounds far-fetched) ability to worship openly for the time is not far off when all will have to decide if they wish to follow the Anti-Christ through the One World Church and One World Government as prophesied by the Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation of St. John or follow the faith delivered once and for all which will cause for many to be denied the abilities to survive under those kind of conditions, causing for one to consider other options. 

 

Many of those who subscribe to, and some who have caused or are the cause for, these things to happen are involved in or with the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church (which is not the seat of all things "Catholic") as well as its protestant daughters such as the cultic Jehovah's Witnesses, the Pentecostal Churches, the Church of Latter Day Saints also known as the Mormon Church and far too many more to list. 

 

Yet, at this web site we do provide some of the reasons about why they are opined to be the harbingers of that which is prophesied in Holy Scripture for the bringing about of the End Times which we have already entered.  It is not necessarily their individual members or parishioners that should be blamed since they are only the "Sheep" and not the Shepherds... So do not think we castigate individual people of themselves as we castigate those "money changers" who Jesus Christ chased out of His Father's House as the Bible Describes; for they exist in these present times too.

 

Events are already rushing toward that time in which this is beginning to happen and will become more fully wide-spread. In these present times all you need to really do is look around both your local and larger areas as to what is really on-going through.  Things so very little or miniscule that they are barely noticeable except to the more informed observer may become apparent. 

Those little things are the laws of the land, economics, politics, the degrading and erosion of those rights and liberties afforded by the Constitution of these United States of America and many other things such as the manner with which entertainments have taken over much of the populace, entering into and becoming a major focus in worship, and more. 

We ask you, if you don't want to believe us... Have you heard, seen or found what is termed (of the many terms being used) that there are "holding areas" or "camps" or "Closed/Fenced communities" being built by GOVERNMENT? 

Here in North America, especially in the United States of America, we must admit that what Russia has come out of (a communistic, atheist country) we are entering into.  And one last thing that needs also to be understood... Something very important to those of you who are "Catholic" in the Roman sense of its jurisdiction....   And, we believe this also holds true for many who are "Orthodox" whether "Eastern" or "Western"....

[ * Non-Denominational = Synchrestic Ecumenism, Disease of Scholasticism, altering the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ to accommodate the disease of Political Correctness and CULTIC PROTESTANTISM, and the Roman Jurisdiction (Latin Church = Vatican) of the Catholic Church) breaking of - or failure and refusal to respect and abide by  - the ancient Seven Ecumenical "Do Not" Canons which leaves everything else open to God's gift of creativity... failure & refusal to abide by and have respect for those who diligently protect one of the other Pillars of the Church, the Seals of the Confessional, but "Non-Denominational" also includes worshiping Satan's religion of Muslim, Islam by praying with them and other heretics such as 'Pentecostalism,' 'Jehovah's Witnesses,' 'Mormons,' 'Church of Christ,' any so-called church with "Community Church" in their nomenclature and others who by their false and misleading dogmas and doctrines are actually against the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ upon whom and for exacting reason we are called "Christian" in both spirit and truth from which non-denominational protestant sectarian claimants have departed from as being so-called Christian] Only a skilled spiritual father can help you!

Remember: You cannot ride two horses or serve two masters for one of them will be harmed by your thoughts, your very words and your actions which is to blaspheme the Holy Ghost (Spirit) who will depart from you.  And when the Holy Spirit departs, the great deceiver (unbeknownst to you) will rush in to fill the void under disguise of being the Holy Spirit!  Testing of the Holy Spirit to insure it is the Holy Spirit does not, for many a Sectarian Protestant and Roman, work because the Great Deceiver (Satan) is most skilled in worming and snaking his charms around your mind and heart to feign being the Holy Spirit.  Remember, Satan has the same gifts similar to the Holy Spirit but Satan's gifts are UN-HOLY and lead all who accept him (unbeknownst to you) to perdition.

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