If it really bothers you that much then just avoid the Greek Church and choose a different jurisdiction.
That does not help anything! It just ignores the problem! And besides, as others pointed out, the Russian Orthodox are not doing so well either.
Fear not, friend Many men may sever themselves from the Church, but the Church remains whole and, Glory to God, always prevails. Read about the lives of Saint Athanasius the Great, St. Maximus & Pope St. Martin the Confessor, Saint Photius the Great, Saint Gregory Palamas, or Saint Mark of Ephesus and take heart; they were all men who lived in the midst of mass betrayal, yet they remained completely committed to the Truth and serve as true witnesses to the Faith. You know that one psalm, "For though I should walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou are with me..."? Allow those words to comfort you. God bless and keep you!
Thank you! About the readings, out of those many saints I have only read so far from Saint Gregory Palamas (The Triads). I wish to read more, but I am too low on money to afford any more books and I find I am too sinful to read the unread ones I have at this time. (I cannot remember which Saint said this, saying, to not read scriptures with a full belly or with sinful thoughts, which I am having trouble lately holding with)
Perhaps this will be of use: http://vatopaidi.wordpress.com/2009/04/13/elder-paisios-of-mount-athos-on-the-old-calendarists/
Okay, I read it. but the Calendar is not too much of an issue for me. Did Elder Paisios ever speak of the ecumenism of our days?
I slightly overstated, I only mean they are an active part of the World Council of Churches and seem much more in favor of new ecumenism (as compared to Patriarch Diodoros I)
+1. Also, get some Jesuit influenced theology books at just half price! And, act now, we'll throw in a "God the Father" icon for FREE!
Aiaiai! The icon (can it be called that?) of the main dome of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour drives me bonkers! (some insane artist tried to depict the Father!!!)
You guys have given me a chuckle!
Gunnarr, there have always been different views and opinions when it comes to these kinds of things. We can even look back at Church Fathers as retroactively assign labels of "liberal" or "conservative." Hell, there are plenty of saints who vehemently opposed one another for whatever reason, but now BOTH are saints. The Possessor/Non-possessor debate in Russia comes to mind, where there are plenty of saints from both sides of the debate. Let's not even mention some of the things St. Cyril of Alexandria said about St. John Chrysostom...talk about HARSH!
My point is, it is the Orthodox Faith that matters. There's plenty of "wiggle room" in these other matters, even between the saints. Christ has promised us that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church...so let's believe that and not allow such things to give us such heartache, at which the demons surely rejoice.
But there was also only one correct side during the Iconoclasm, and also only one correct side in the council of Florence!!! These things worry me because it seems to be getting worse over time, the Patriarchate of Constantinople becoming more and more liberal and ecumenist and I see no end to it. The Ecumenical Patriarchate is always planning for a ecumenical "Great and Holy Council" and currently a this rate I am afraid that that council would just be to the Orthodox what the Second Vatican Council did to the Roman Catholics. Perhaps it is from the Ecumenical Patriarchate having hardly any of their traditional flock left...
By ignoring it. To echo its introductory paragraph: One wonders if an Oecumenical Synod has been convened to abolish the canons that require monks to remain out of ecclesiastical affairs, to submit in humility to their bishops, and to never assume a teaching role in the Church.
No, I do not feel it should be ignored. I cannot ignore it now at this point anyway. It will not leave my mind.
Also, your so called "echoing" seems very wrong. Many of those who signed it are Hieromonks, ie also Priests. And if you say this letter should not be of any note, then fine, let me just bring up the concerns of the Abbots here:http://orthodoxinfo.com/ecumenism/athos_popevisit2006.aspx
Are you saying they have no teaching role? Do Elders have no teaching role? Do you claim monks have no teaching role?
Or to just list some off:
Does Saint Anthony the Great have no teaching role?
Does Saint Basil the Great have no teaching role? (as a monastic his writings and while also attending the Council of Constantinopole of 360 AD (was not a Bishop then, not even a deacon! Only a monk!)
Does Saint Symeon the New Theologian have no teaching role?
Does Saint Herman of Alaska have no teaching role when he helped bring the faith to the Americas as only a monk?
Does Saint Maximus the Confessor have no teaching role?
Does Saint Cosmas have no teaching role?
Does Saint Sabbas the Sanctified have no teaching role?
Does Saints Cyril and Methodius have no teaching role?
Does Saint Anthony of Kiev have no teaching role?
Does Saint Seraphim of Sarov have no teaching role?
Does Saint Simeon Stylites have no teaching role?
Does Saint John of Damascus have no teaching role, while being only a monk, he was one of the chief opponents against iconoclasm? No teaching role!?
Does Saint Theodore the Studite have no teaching role?
Does Saint Symeon the New Theologian have no teaching role? He did not keep silent in rebuking Archbishop Stephen! He did not keep silent when he was exiled by the Patriarch of Constantinople!
Who were the real saints? Saint Symeon, or Archbishop Stephen? Was the Archbishop correct, or was the lowly exiled monk correct? Should Saint Symeon should have kept silent?
Perhaps this Orthodox Hymn for Saint Symeon will shed some light:
They (the bishops) unworthily handle My Body
and seek avidly to dominate the masses...
They are seen to appear as brilliant and pure,
but their souls are worse than mud and dirt,
worse even than any kind of deadly poison,
these evil and perverse men! (Hymn 58)