Ecumenism... the opinion of the Monastery of Gregoriou
Here is an excellent article from the Holy Mountain, from the sacred monastery of Gregoriou, dealing with Ecumenism. It refutes the argumentation sometimes presented on this Forum that because of the calendar issue and ecumenism -two issues which usually overlap in people's minds - one is justified in leaving the Eastern Orthodox Church. The article upholds the position of those who do not separate from the canonical Churches. It is worth serious consideration by those on both sides of the question."Schismatic Old-Calendarism is an anti-Patristic stance"http://www.oodegr.com/english/ekklisia/sxismata/antipater1.htm#_Toc135058238
An article by fr. Nicholas Demaras was published in the periodical "Aghioi Kollyvades" (The Kollyvades Saints"), in which the Sacred Monastery of Saint Gregory was criticized for its stance against Ecumenism and Zealotry.
The reason for my action was the entirely inappropriate ecclesiological stance that the schismatic Zealots and other, so-called "Genuine Orthodox Christian" Old Calendarists had adopted...
I had first-hand experience near the otherwise sympathetic and virtuous zealot fathers, and I have every respect for their piety, their love for monastic living and their fighting spirit. However, I discerned that they are upholding an anti-canonical schism, and they are also misinterpreting the teaching of the holy Fathers and ecclesiastic history...
Chapter Headings:A. PATRISTIC TEACHING
· 1. On condemned heretics
· 2. On those who unite themselves to condemned heretics
· 3. On those who preach heresy
· 4. On those who violate the sacred CanonsB. ECUMENISM AND ZEALOTRY
· 1. The Zealots’ misconstrued evaluation of Ecumenism
· 2. Similar phenomena of the past
· 3. Encouraging moves
· 4. Contemporary ZealotryC. THE CASE OF SAINT SOPHRONIUS