To all the faithful in Christ, health, peace, joy, and
in the Name of the + Father, and of the + Son, and of the + Holy Spirit. Amen.
As Orthodox Christians sharing One Faith and One Baptism within that Holy Church which is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic, the Body and Bridegroom of Christ our Lord and Savior, Who is Her Only Head. This Jurisdiction and all the clergy, religious, monastics, and laity thereof are innately, inherently, intrinsically, and de jure in communion with all other Baptized and Chrismated Orthodox Christians and their various Jurisdictions of Holy Church throughout the world. Therefore, necessarily, this Jurisdiction is in de facto Sacramental Intercommunion with every other Orthodox Christian Jurisdiction..
There is not, and cannot be, any schism within Holy Orthodoxy. Formal agreements of jurisdictional intercommunion, by their very nature, may be misinterpreted to exclude those Orthodox Jurisdictions which are not specified in said formal agreements. However, it is not possible to be Orthodox and yet exclude other Orthodox Christians from one's communion. We must not and cannot divide the Body of Christ.
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn
II Timothy 3:5
In the current worldwide political environment, the secular "Church" has become commonplace. Traditional morality has been replaced with a form of relative righteousness. Holiness has been redefined. This unfortunately is the "Church," not of tomorrow, but of today!
As Orthodox Christians, this Jurisdiction and all the clergy, religious, monastics, and laity thereof are, de jure, not in communion with any heterodox Christian people nor with any of their various ecclesiastical organizations. Therefore, necessarily, this Jurisdiction does not, will not, and cannot enter into Sacramental Intercommunion with any heterodox Christian organization. Furthermore, we will not be unequally yoked with any Jurisdiction which has departed from Holy Orthodoxy by schism, heresy, or corruption and apostasy.
Christianity is indeed for all people:
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:27-28.
We hold these positions and policies to be necessary and implicit in Holy Orthodoxy, and do not accept the arguments of those who hold exclusive policies premised on any caesaropapist theory of universal (ecumenical) supremacy of any particular hierarch or body of hierarchs, or those who practice Phyletism and are elitist by virtue of their particular ethnicity. Such exclusivists violate the Catholicity of Holy Church, one of Her Four Marks. Caesaropapism and Phyletism are condemned heresies and those who knowingly and wilfully promote them preach heresy. Every Orthodox Jurisdiction is within Holy Church and anyone who attempts to exclude any Orthodox Jurisdiction from Holy Church is guilty of schism and heresy. No Orthodox Jurisdiction requires the validation of any authority other than its own Bishops in succession from the Holy Apostles. Every true Orthodox Jurisdiction welcomes with open arms and fraternal joy every other Orthodox Jurisdiction. This is the Law of God which transcends all other laws.
"I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in Me
through their word,
that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they
also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. The glory
which Thou hast given Me I have given to them, that they may be one even as We are one,
I in them and Thou in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know
that Thou hast sent Me and hast loved them even as Thou hast loved Me."
The words of Jesus Christ our Lord, recorded in the Gospel of John, 17:20-23
To believe that to be "canonical", or to have canonicity one must be under a Patriarch, or, under some ancient established autocephalous church, is to reduce canonicity to mere subordination. Intimated then, is the idea that a Patriarch, Synod, or Jurisdiction is in itself and of itself a source of canonicity.
"Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered." The words of Jesus Christ our Lord, recorded in the Gospel of Luke 11:52
Whatever is decided then by that Patriarch, Synod or Jurisdiction is therefore considered canonical and the benchmark of canonicity. In truth, Canonicity is that which abides by, and complies with, the canons of Holy Church. In so far as true Orthodoxy is concerned, that Patriarch, Synod, or Jurisdiction is itself subject to the canons and therefore decisions are binding and valid only as to how they follow and comply with the canons. The reality of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church cannot be reduced to an idea of whether one is canonical or not. Neither can the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church be contained by any one Jurisdiction.
As to accusations, contentions and disputes among jurisdictions; "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" The words of Jesus Christ our Lord, recorded in the Gospel Matthew 7:3
"By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love
for one another."
The words of Jesus Christ our Lord, recorded in the Gospel of John, 13:35.
Amen! Amen! Amen!
Codicil of the Roman Orthodox Church further elucidating the above Statement in relation to our Jurisdiction:
We warmly embrace all true Orthodox Christians as brothers and
offering full communion and fellowship. We reject paper agreements that may
later prove scandalous should one such bind us to a Jurisdiction which has a
hidden and heterodox agenda and/or which may be corrupt at its center. We
witness to and belong to only that true spiritual communion in which each
Orthodox Jurisdiction is held accountable by God.
His Eminence, +PATRICK
His Eminence, +PAUL
His Eminence, +PAUL II