Your claim that your leaders don't believe in ecumenism is wrong and your objections are addressed in that same article. I suggest you read it again more thoroughly.
You can believe what you wish, but I have represented the Orthodox Church at ecumenical meetings and know that although mistakes have been made that the claims of the anti-ecumenist are false.
Fr. John W. Morris
People can also read the article for themselves and research for themselves what their bishops have actually said, so they don't need to rely on your empty assertions.
Anyone who can read the actual documents presented by Orthodox involved in ecumenical relations with non-Orthodox can see for themselves how certain extremists are distorting the record of Orthodox ecumenism. Go to http://www.scoba.us/assets/files/guide_for_orthodox.pdf
Download the entire pdf file and then go to the 2nd section and read the documents, themselves. These document show without a doubt that despite the claims of some, the Orthodox involved in ecumenism have never compromised our Holy Orthodox Faith. From the very beginning, Orthodox representatives at ecumenical gatherings have made it perfectly clear that we are not willing to compromise our Orthodox Faith for the sake of union with any other group that calls itself Christian. These document show beyond the shadow of a doubt that the accusations that Orthodox have fallen into heresy by ecumenical activities are totally false.
It is true that Orthodoxy went through a period of unrealistic optimism and made many mistakes in dealing with non-Orthodox that created the false illusion that the possibility of unity existed that did not really exist. This was due to the fact that the leaders of world Orthodoxy have only occasional interaction with Protestants. I do not think that most Orthodox world leaders had any idea of how different the Protestants really are from us. We tended to send Orthodox theologians and partrisric scholars to dialogues, and rarely sent someone who really knew that much about the Protestantism. That is how we got taken advantage of by the Anglicans. The Anglicans misrepresented themselves to the Orthodox and gave the Orthodox the false impression that we had more in common with them than we really had. The example of St. Raphael of Brooklyn is a perfect example of this. St. Raphael at first believed the Anglican claim to be Catholic. Then he studied Anglicanism and realized that he had been deceived. He then issued his famous letter telling his flock to stay away from Episcopalians.
It was also a time when we were taken advantage of by the Protestant majorities in the National and World Council of Churches which claimed to speak for us on controversial political issues. The National Council of Churches has always been a liberal organization. However, it has become so involved in supporting liberal causes that today it is little more than the left wing of the Democratic Party at prayer. That is why, I was one of the leaders of the movement to get the Antiochian Archdiocese out of the National Council of Churches.
Therefore two things happened that have changed everything. First after sad experience we learned how far from Orthodoxy the Protestants really are. Secondly most large main line Protestant groups have grown much farther apart from Orthodoxy than they were 30 years ago when the Ecumenical Movement began. At least back then, there was agreement among Christians on basic moral values. No one ordained openly practicing gays, or blessed same sex marriages like most American and European mainline Protestant groups do today. Today Orthodox leaders know the differences between us and Protestantism. Orthodox strongly oppose the ordination of openly practicing homosexuals and blessing same sex union. We also cannot accept women's ordination that has become dogma in liberal Protestant circles. Therefore, the differences are so great that there is absolutely no possibility of any union with any mainline Protestant groups. The more conservative Protestants are so Romaphoic that they will not even talk with us. Besides there is a growing Calvinistic Movement among Evangelical Protestants. Calvinism and Orthodoxy cannot be reconciled.
I also believe that union with Rome is impossible. Rome painted itself into a corner at Vatican I which declared 19th century papalism as essential to Roman Catholicism. Vatican I cannot be reconciled with the canons of the 7 Ecumenical Councils or the Eastern Orthodox Faith. We have also seen how Rome treats the Eastern Catholics
, and do not want to be treated as inferiors under Roman supremacy the way that Rome treats the Eastern Catholics
. At the same time, more liberal circles within American Roman Catholicism have fallen victim to the same liberalism that has corrupted their liberal Protestant counterparts.
Thus the fear of ecumenism is greatly exaggerated, because in the end nothing is going to come out of it. There is no chance that the Eastern Orthodox Church is going to enter into Communion with any Protestant group, and no real possibility that Rome will return to the Faith of the ancient undivided Church. However, some people are using a false portrayal of the true nature of Orthodox ecumenism to gain a following for their uncanoncial non-Orthodox sects.
Fr. John W. MorrisForbidden epithet replaced with acceptable alternative -PtA
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