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Colin, I think your reference to the antiochian connection is incorrect
herewith an email from Fr Michael saying it didn't happen:
From: "ST. PETROC MONASTERY" <stpetrocabbey@...> Date: Mon Jun 28, 1999 1:42 pm Subject: [westernorthodox] Re: INTRODUCTION stpetrocabbey@... Send Email Send Email Dear Patrick,
Speaking as one of "these people", we came into ROCOR because the local Antiochian Orthodox Bishop would not countenance Western Rite and we spent two fruitless years trying to get the Patriarchate in Damascus to have the basic courtesy to answer the letters that one of their Archpriests instructed us to write to them. Then the Monastery was visited by the ROCOR Archbishop along with an Archpriest and a Priest. The Archbishop treated us with the utmost kindness and courtesy and after investigating us at great length and continuing discussions, we were welcomed into ROCOR. We have a great loyalty to our Archbishop, who has proved to be an exceptional father to us. That is why we stay. We are free to act throughout the diocese. Others, in other dioceses are not so fortunate and we all try to keep a relatively low profile because we do not wish to attract further attacks against our Archbishop by those who abhor the thought of WRITE. contamination. Fr. Michael.
Colin's information is correct. - Aristibule
Is there any evidence to support this statement? Fr. Michaels statement about this as expressed, documented, and linked to source above is clear. In essence it says that he tried, but it didn't happen.
It's pretty clear that this lazarus person doesn't know anything about churches - much less Orthodoxy. Patriarch's don't have to answer letters and what Fr. Michael seems to be saying in his emauil dredged up from six years ago is that he wrote some sort of reports to the Patriarch under instructions from senior Antiochian clergy, which implies to me that the senior clergy were answering him. Anyway, since I do have a fair knowledge of the Australian and New Zealand Orthodox monasteries, and I have access to most of them since they trust me, I shall continue to correct entries made on any of them, that I know to be incorrect. Personally I'm not going to ask any of them for bios because I know that having been tonsured a monk is supposed to leave his former life behind and begin again, the Church gives him that new clean slate. That's why this sort of behaviour - trying to drag someone down because they apparently don't like him, really annoys me. I think this orthodoxwiki should demand that people give their real names, their real emails and the name of their Orthodox Priest before they are permitted to post or edit anything. That way, if they behave like this, they can be referred to their bishop. I admit to being shocked that an Orthodox Priest would run this site on any other lines.