Christ is risen!
Sorry to drag this sorry thread to the top again.
I don't have the energy to engage in a prolonged discussion about this subject but I feel that I have to say a few words.
There is a conflict within the Finnish Orthodox Church. The well meaning Theoprovlitos have correctly named Heikki Huttunen (Orthodox priest, chairman of the Finnish ecumenical council and active homosexual rights supporter) and his gang, that includes a handful of Orthodox priests, as the agitators.
Among the opponents of Heikki Huttunen & co are some leading people of the Orthodox lay academy located at the new Valaam monastery, Pyhän Kosmas Aitolialaisen Veljestö (Brotherhood of Cosmas of Aetolia) and numerous priests. These have been sending letters to the Archbishop Leo asking him to take action. If the Archbishop fails to take action these people and organisations have been threatening to turn to Moscow for help (i.e. setting up a parallel Church in Finland that would be under the Patriarch of Moscow).
I do not think that the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Patriarch of Moscow are blind and dumb. They know what is going on. I get the feeling they are just waiting for the Finnish Church to "sit straight" (pun actually intended, sorry ), they do not want to interfere prematurely. If Heikki Huttunen and friends would actually manage to "take over" the Finnish Orthodox Church (quite unlikely) I have no doubt that both Moscow and Constantinople would come swinging their patriarchal staffs.
You would be surprised to know that there are more people than the ones mentioned who are against the actual status of the Finnish Church but they are no so foolish to openly protest against the situation. There is another team that translates every article into Russian and send it to the Moscow Patriarchate.
I personaly have cooperated with the Finnish Church, Heikki Huttunen himself, Bishop Arseni, Abbot Sergei, previous Archbishop John, Archbishop's secretary, Lintulan Monastery etc. I have friends in various posts of the Finnish Church. And I personally know the people of St Kosmas Aetolialainen who do an important work by transalting Greek Orthodox books into Finnish.
Many of the people visited Greece or stayed with us in the past. Some were "innovators" and some were openly gay. And this wasn't an issue. It BECAME an issue since Fr Heikki Huttunen as an ultra ecumenist (actually a PROFESSIONAL ONE) is getting payed to bring the "churches" together. And the only thing that is an obstacle (I supose that to him all other dogmatic differences have been resolved) is the ordination of women and acceptance of homosexuality in the Church. And he is working HARD on that.
I insist that he is unable even to see the HUGE difference between accepting a homosexual person and accepting homosexuality itself which is the same as accepting an adulterer in the church and adultery itself. And Fr Heikki goes even further by suggestin acceptance of homosexual marriage and even blessing them as if they were man and wife. This is a combination of immorality and heresy that church history has NEVER dealed before with.
As amatter of fact the true Archbishop of Finladn is Fr Heikki who has managed to infuence other priests and promote his people to important positions in the Orthodox Church. From the Archbishop's assistants to Ortaid, the Uspensky cathedral, the publications department, etc. Archbishop Leo is practically being dragged by the facts.
The fact is that both Patriarchates know what is going on but in order to do this someone has to transalte them from Finnish all those disgraseful articles that have been published in Aamun Koitto mainly by Fr Heikki Hutunen's spiritual son, the worst of all being the hints that Christ was homosexual and had a special relationship with St John while Ss Sergius and Baccus were homosexuals. In reality they reproduce the vomit of an American guy called Boswell and have turn his blasphemies into the 5th Gospel. They suck Boswell's vomit and trow it against the face of the Orthodox people. And so two things happen:
Those who are mature in faith, or they have connections with other Orthodox countries OF COURSE they protest. They have been writing letters to Metropolitan Ambrosius bu tin vain. They have been calling to see him and Ambrosius was hiding. They never got any official reply from anyone in the Finnish Orthodox Church. Therefore it is the attitude of the Finnish Church that pushed them towards Moscow. They DIDN'T address themselves to Moscow right from the start.
Those who are immature and new converts in faith they are being educated that the immorality and the heresy introduced by Boswel is TRUE ORTHODOXY. And so new converts to Orthodoxy in Finland if they happen to become Orthodox bythat spesific group they are becoming in reality heretics just like their false-teachers.
It is a fact that Fr Heikki is DETERMINED to pass this cult in the Finnish Orthodox CHurch. And this is why not only they never reply to protests but they persecute those who protest, to begin with by calling them fanatics, and fundamentalists while I know very well that they aren't. What they might be is that they have that extra zeal of converts (they are converts too) to keep the letter of the law and live an ascetic and spiritual life.
This sometimes is the other side of converts: Either to zealous to keep the letter of the law while what's important is the spirit, or the opposite (like Fr Heikki Huttunen) when for "humanistic" reasons and for the sake of "New Age love" there are neither Letters nor Laws and EVERYTHING is allowed!
Both lines are outside the frame of Orthodoxy but at least the first one is dogmatically and morally correct and I personally prefer it to the immorality introduced as "freedom" and "evolution".
However something HAS to happen in the Orthodox Church of Finland befroe it is too late. May be it will. I just got this announcement from the EP in reply to my letter and presentation of documents and facts..
ΑΓΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΙΕΡΑ ΣΥΝΟΔΟΣ
Συνῆλθεν, ὑπό τήν προεδρείαν τῆς Α. Θ. Παναγιότητος, ἡ Ἁγία καί Ἱερά Σύνοδος εἰς τάς τακτικάς συνεδρίας αὐτῆς τὴν Δευτέραν, 18ην, καὶ τὴν Τρίτην, 19ην τ. μ. Μαΐου, καὶ ἐξήτασε πάντα τὰ ἐν τῇ ἡμερησίᾳ διατάξει ἀναγεγραμμένα θέματα, ἐπὶ τῶν ὁποίων καὶ ἐλήφθησαν αἱ προσήκουσαι ἀποφάσεις.
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