Timos, second-guessing a bishop is a very dangerous path to go down.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š God has placed this bishop in authority over you.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š You are bound to obey him.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š That's not to say that we believe that bishops always make the right decisions.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Or even that bishops are infallible.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Unfortunately people sometimes have to disobey their bishops.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š But it's not something to be done lightly.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š And it's not something that most of us, sinful that we are, are capable of discerning.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š
If your bishop is wrong then he is one that will suffer.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š God has called you to obey the Church so your obedience is what you'll be judged on.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š
Nope. Obedience, my friend, in Orthodoxy, is not the same as in the Latins.
IF a Bishop orders something AGAINST
Church Cannons, he MUST NOT OBEY, as it is stated by St. Nicodemos of Mount Athos, AND St. Ignatius Briachianinov. (hope spelling is okay..)
Of course, this is not easy to see, as you rightly said
, and I agree. But the Bishop as well, HAS TO
obey to the Church Cannons.
He can't do as he likes. If the Bishop practices anti-orthodox teachings, then he MUST NOT follow him.
Mind you, I'm not
talking about Timos, or his Bishop, but only in General.
e.g. I know an Austrian Bishop which GIVES COMMUNION to Latins.
A friend of mine left him, saying inside the Church, for EVERYONE TO HEAR: "YOU ARE A TRAITOR".
He now goes to Russian Church. This was THE RIGHT THING to do. from his part.
Not only did that Bisshop give Communion to non-Orthodox, but he seated the LATIN BISHOP, inside a Church, on the Bishop's Throne (am I saying it correctly , in english?) , sometime at a Liturgy. That was WAY too much
, for my friend.
People that do not CONDEMN
such practices, are as faulty as the ones practicing them.
Except, if they don't know better.Obedience, my sister, is a must-do, only if it does not go against the Church Theology & Cannons.