When a bishop speaks, he does not so on his own, but on behalf of the Church (unless he specifically states otherwise). If he misspeaks, then he is liable to be sanctioned by his synod. This is far more of an authoritative relationship than an anonymous posting even on an official website, since we do not know what the policies are for posting. The canons do not regulate websites, but they do regulate the speech of bishops.I'm calling him out on this? I didn't think I was doing that. Fr. Chris called Fr. Ambrose out on this. I'm merely challenging Fr. Ambrose to accept the challenge of proving that his doctrine really is Orthodox.
The direct statement of a bishop in regards to doctrine clearly falls under canonical norms. Websites only so by extension, which implies a great deal more leeway. Therefore, the signed statement is far more authoritative than the unsigned in that it is directly government by canonical norms. Until a Great Council writes new canons governing websites, you can't really compare the two.
To be honest, you really can't call out Fr. Ambrose on the topic because you already know from previous threads (remember the Toll House Saga?) that there are no authoritative statements on the topic that are universally-recognized.
For 30 years I have read the Prayer over a dead body releasing the person from sin and giving absolution. This takes place at the ending of the funeral..... in other words it takes place 3 or 5 or 10 days after what the GOARCH site claims is the definitive moment of death after which there can be absolutely no change nor forgiveness nor betterment.
Is the prayer similar to that found in the Service Book of the Antiochians?
If it is different, could you kindly copy the source and the prayer?
I remember talking with a Priest in the OCA who had just said the funeral for a 16 year old girl.
He was very sad, because this young girl had died a horrible death.
He was with her for most of her final struggles, from the moment when her illness worsened with kidney failure until the moment of her death. He tried to get her to reconcile with the Church, but she did not want to die. Her mother left Orthodoxy after her death. It was tragic.
If reading the funeral prayers were simply able to forgive the girl's sins, then everyone should have been happy.
Lord have mercy.