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The '''Russian True Orthodox Church''' (RTOC), also known as the "Tikhonites", is one of several jurisdictions to emerge out of [[ROCOR]]'s activity in Russia in the 1990's, claiming to be the "true", "free", or "catacomb" Orthodox Church in Russia. Many of the RTOC hierarchs have been suspended or deposed by the [[Russian Orthodox Church]]. The RTOC does not maintain eucharistic [[communion]] with any other jurisdiction.
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The '''Russian True Orthodox Church''' (RTOC), also known as the "Tikhonites," is one of several [[jurisdiction]]s to emerge out of the [[ROCOR|Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]]'s (ROCOR) activity in Russia in the 1990s, claiming to be the "true," "free," or "catacomb" Orthodox Church in Russia. Many of the RTOC hierarchs have been suspended or deposed by the [[Russian Orthodox Church]]. The RTOC does not maintain [[full communion|eucharistic communion]] with any other jurisdiction but now retain close ties to the [[Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece]] and are in informal communion.
  
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==History==
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The RTOC traces its origins to [[Archbishop]] Lazar (Zhurbenko) of Odessa, who was secretly [[consecration of a bishop|ordained]] as a catacomb [[bishop]] for Russia by Bishop [[Varnava (Prokofiev) of Cannes|Varnava (Prokofiev)]] of the ROCOR. Following the Mansonville [[schism]] in November 2001, Bishop Lazar and Bishop Benjamin (Rusalenko) of Kuban left the ROCOR for the [[Russian Orthodox Church in Exile]] (ROCiE), the jurisdiction formed by Bishop Varnava with the self-retired Metropolitan [[Vitaly (Ustinov) of New York|Vitaly]] at its helm.
  
== History ==
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However, only a few months after the Mansonville schism, Lazar and Benjamin left the ROCiE synod and set up their own organization in Russia. In 2002, they unilaterally consecrated bishops for Russia, one of whom was Leonid Alimpovich Pasechnik, the future Archbishop Tikhon.
The RTOC traces its origins to Archbishop Lazar (Zhurbenko) of Odessa, who was secretly ordained as a catacomb bishop for Russia by [[Varnava (Prokofiev) of Cannes|Bishop Varnava (Prokofiev)]] of the [[ROCOR]]. Following the Mansonville Schism in November, 2001, Bishop Lazar, and with him Bishop Benjamin (Rusalenko) of Kuban left the [[ROCOR]] for the [[Russian Orthodox Church in Exile]], the jurisdiction formed by Bishop Varnava with the self-retired [[Vitaly (Ustinov) of New York|Metropolitan Vitaly]] at its helm.
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However only a few months after the Mansonville schism, Lazar and Benjamin left the ROCiE synod and set up their own organization in Russia. In 2002, they unilaterally consecrated bishops for Russia, one of whom was Leonid Alimpovich Pasechnik, the future Archbishop Tikhon.
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Metropolitan Vitaly condemned the actions of Lazar and Benjamin on two occasions. On [[July 28]], 2003, both were suspended from the ROCiE synod and on [[November 19]], 2004, Metropolitan Vitaly wrote "I consider the consecrations of [[Hieromonk]]s Dionisy, Germogen, Tikhon, and Iriney, performed by Archbishop Lazar and Bishop Veniamin, to be illicit, and I declare that I have no prayerful or liturgical communion with them."<ref>[http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/eng2007/4entikhon.html On the So-called "RT-OC"]</ref>
  
Metropolitan Vitaly condemned the actions of Lazar and Benjamin on two occasions. On July 28, 2003, both were suspended from the ROCiE synod and on November 19, 2004, Metropolitan Vitaly wrote "I consider the consecrations of Hieromonks Dionisy, Germogen, Tikhon, and Iriney, performed by Archbishop Lazar and Bishop Veniamin, to be illicit, and I declare that I have no prayerful or liturgical communion with them."<ref>[http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/eng2007/4entikhon.html On the so-called RTOC]</ref>
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Following the death of Archbishop Lazar (Zhurbenko), Tikhon Pasechnik was elected on [[July 7]], 2003, the new First-Hierarch of the RTOC, with the title "Archbishop of Omsk and Siberia."
  
Following the death of Archbishop Lazar (Zhurbenko), Tikhon Pasechnik was elected on July 7, 2003, the new First-Hierarch of the RTOC, with the title "Archbishop of Omsk and Siberia".
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==The RTOC today==
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The RTOC numbers several dozen [[parish]]es in Russia and Ukraine and a handful of parishes abroad. Among the better known are the former ROCOR [[cathedral]] in Lyons, France, and the [[Lesna Convent]], also in France. the latter left the ROCOR for the RTOC following the signing of the [[Act of Canonical Communion with the Moscow Patriarchate|Act of Canonical Communion]] between the ROCOR and the Moscow Patriarchate in 2007. The RTOC also maintains a number of web-logs and newspapers, which publish political propaganda critical of the current Russian government and the Russian Orthodox Church. These include the popular Russian émigré newspaper ''Nasha Strana'' (''Our Country'').
  
 
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Critics of the RTOC frequently argue the RTOC is primarily a political organization, with financial ties to the Ukrainian Bankers Association.<ref>[http://agafa-angel.livejournal.com/5289.html?thread=424105 СЛАВА БОГУ!], A web-log entry on a Provisional Supreme Church Authority (PSCA) blog, claiming the RTOC is funded by the UBA (Russian)</ref>
== The RTOC Today ==
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The RTOC numbers several dozen parishes in Russia and Ukraine and a handful of parishes abroad. Among the better known are the former ROCOR cathedral in Lyons, France, and the [[Lesna Convent]], also in France. the latter left the [[ROCOR]] for the RTOC following the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion between the ROCOR and the Moscow Patriarchate in 2007. The RTOC also maintains a number of web-logs and newspapers, which publish political propaganda critical of the current Russian government and the [[Russian Orthodox Church]]. These include the popular Russian emigre newspaper Nasha Strana (Our Country).
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Critics of the RTOC frequently point out the RTOC is primarily a political organization, with financial ties to the Ukrainian Bankers Association.<ref>[http://agafa-angel.livejournal.com/5289.html?thread=424105#t424105 A web-log entry on a PSCA blog, claiming the RTOC is funded by the UBA]</ref>
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The current RTOC episcopacy includes:
 
The current RTOC episcopacy includes:
* Leonid Alimpovich Pasechnik, ''soi-disant'' Archbishop Tikhon of Omsk and Siberia
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*Archbishop Tikhon of Omsk and Siberia
* Andrey Alvenovich Alferov, ''soi-disant'' Bishop Dionisy of Novgorod and Tver
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*Bishop Dionisy of Novgorod and Tver
* Vladimir Klipenstein, ''soi-disant'' Bishop Iriney of Verny and the Seven Rivers
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*Bishop Iriney of Verny and the Seven Rivers
* Benjamin Rusalenko, ''soi-disant'' Archbishop of the Black Sea and the Kuban
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*Archbishop Benjamin of the Black Sea and the Kuban
* Stefan Sabelnik, ''soi-disant'' Bishop of Trenton and New Jersey
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*Bishop Stefan of Trenton and New Jersey
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==See also==
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*[[Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church]]
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*[[Russian Orthodox Church in Exile]]
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*[[Russian True-Orthodox Church (Vyacheslav)]]
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==Notes==
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==External links==
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*[http://www.catacomb.org.ua/ Official RTOC site] (Russian)
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*[http://www.rocor-trenton.info/ RTOC Mission in the United States] (English)
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*[http://dormitionchurch.homestead.com/RTOC_english_html.htm History of the Russian True Orthodox Church, from Assumption Parish Website] (Russian/English)
  
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==Criticism==
  
== Links ==
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*[http://www.saintjonah.org/articles/voicesofreason.htm Voices of Reason] (ROCOR materials about RTOC)
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*[http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/eng2007/4entikhon.html On the So-called "RT-OC"] (Official ROCOR Synod statement concerning the RTOC)
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*[http://www.saintjonah.org/articles/RTOC.htm The Russian True Orthodox Church, by Fr. Michael Protopopov]
  
[http://www.catacomb.org.ua/ Official RTOC site]
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[[Category:Jurisdictions]]
[http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/voicesofreason.htm ROCOR materials about RTOC]
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[[Category:Old Calendarist Jurisdictions]]

Latest revision as of 18:27, June 7, 2011

The Russian True Orthodox Church (RTOC), also known as the "Tikhonites," is one of several jurisdictions to emerge out of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia's (ROCOR) activity in Russia in the 1990s, claiming to be the "true," "free," or "catacomb" Orthodox Church in Russia. Many of the RTOC hierarchs have been suspended or deposed by the Russian Orthodox Church. The RTOC does not maintain eucharistic communion with any other jurisdiction but now retain close ties to the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece and are in informal communion.

Contents

History

The RTOC traces its origins to Archbishop Lazar (Zhurbenko) of Odessa, who was secretly ordained as a catacomb bishop for Russia by Bishop Varnava (Prokofiev) of the ROCOR. Following the Mansonville schism in November 2001, Bishop Lazar and Bishop Benjamin (Rusalenko) of Kuban left the ROCOR for the Russian Orthodox Church in Exile (ROCiE), the jurisdiction formed by Bishop Varnava with the self-retired Metropolitan Vitaly at its helm.

However, only a few months after the Mansonville schism, Lazar and Benjamin left the ROCiE synod and set up their own organization in Russia. In 2002, they unilaterally consecrated bishops for Russia, one of whom was Leonid Alimpovich Pasechnik, the future Archbishop Tikhon.

Metropolitan Vitaly condemned the actions of Lazar and Benjamin on two occasions. On July 28, 2003, both were suspended from the ROCiE synod and on November 19, 2004, Metropolitan Vitaly wrote "I consider the consecrations of Hieromonks Dionisy, Germogen, Tikhon, and Iriney, performed by Archbishop Lazar and Bishop Veniamin, to be illicit, and I declare that I have no prayerful or liturgical communion with them."[1]

Following the death of Archbishop Lazar (Zhurbenko), Tikhon Pasechnik was elected on July 7, 2003, the new First-Hierarch of the RTOC, with the title "Archbishop of Omsk and Siberia."

The RTOC today

The RTOC numbers several dozen parishes in Russia and Ukraine and a handful of parishes abroad. Among the better known are the former ROCOR cathedral in Lyons, France, and the Lesna Convent, also in France. the latter left the ROCOR for the RTOC following the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion between the ROCOR and the Moscow Patriarchate in 2007. The RTOC also maintains a number of web-logs and newspapers, which publish political propaganda critical of the current Russian government and the Russian Orthodox Church. These include the popular Russian émigré newspaper Nasha Strana (Our Country).

Critics of the RTOC frequently argue the RTOC is primarily a political organization, with financial ties to the Ukrainian Bankers Association.[2] The current RTOC episcopacy includes:

  • Archbishop Tikhon of Omsk and Siberia
  • Bishop Dionisy of Novgorod and Tver
  • Bishop Iriney of Verny and the Seven Rivers
  • Archbishop Benjamin of the Black Sea and the Kuban
  • Bishop Stefan of Trenton and New Jersey

See also

Notes

  1. On the So-called "RT-OC"
  2. СЛАВА БОГУ!, A web-log entry on a Provisional Supreme Church Authority (PSCA) blog, claiming the RTOC is funded by the UBA (Russian)

External links

Criticism

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