Here is an interview with Abbot Schema-archimandrite JOACHIM (PARR). He is an Elder in the Russian Orthodox Church and his monastery is in New York. They are starting a skete here in the city where I live and he is very wise. I think he hits the nail on the head with this interview.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZgNrqDK8-8
"Q: I wanted to ask you in reference to, is it possible for Orthodox Church to except new pascha calendar?
>Archmandrit Joachim: Settling of the date of the calendar is something the entire Church has to do. It's not a heresy to change the calendar. But it breaks the unity of the Church, if the majority of the Church follows the old calendar and a portion of the Church for whatever reason follows the new calendar. They didn't understand what the calendar is for in the first place. The calendar is for the entire Church to celebrate at the same time, the same celebration of the reality of our faith. If you change that, you are no longer in unity. If your birthday is on Jun 1rst, and you celebrate it on June 1rst on the old calendar and I think you are celebrating it on the new calendar, and so I come and see you with gifts on the 13ths of June. And you say, "what are you doing?" "I'm here to celebrate your birthday." "It's already done."
So it's a matter of uniting the Church. It's always the whole Church. Who makes decisions for the Church, it can never be individuals. No matter how many individuals. We have to understand why we do things. The Church does not need to be modernized. The Church lives and exist outside of time. It is never old, it is always new, and the Church is always today and now. When we celebrate a holiday or feast day, that feast is happening at that moment. It is not just something that happened 2,000 years ago. So changing the calendar, is not understanding the mind of the Church. We should celebrate with them, but we shouldn't condemn them.
Q: So what do you think we should do, we can't celebrate pascha with these others of the Church, they changed the calender in 1920.
>Archmandrit Joachim: It is not for you to decide, you are in the Church, you are in the Church of Russia. It is our Patriarch and Senate who decides who serves with us and who doesn't. Not your decision. If the Patriarch says we serve with the Finish Church, then we serve with the Finish Church. It doesn't mean you agree with what they are doing. But there is a greater reality than calendars. And that's the unity of the Chalice. And they partake of the same Chalice as we do.
Remember the life of Jesus. When He invited prostitutes, He invited tax collectors, He invited people who were struggling. The ones who thought they were virtuous by keeping the law, The Lord reminded them, there was God, who calls and chooses, and who are you to say no. He welcomed them all, because at the time it wasn't about laws. It was about someone asking for forgiveness if we sin. And the Pharisees said, "how can you heal on the Sabbath? The law says, no work." He says, God is above the law. It's God who says, and lets us. Don't make the mistake and think you're God. When you decide for yourself it doesn't work. "