Andrew Phillips

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The Rev. Fr. Andrew Phillips is an English parish priest of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), pastor of St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church in Felixstowe, Suffolk, in the United Kingdom. He is also a prolific writer, especially known for covering topics of interest to Orthodox Christians in England, particularly ancient Orthodox Christianity in the British Isles but also current events.

Though perhaps best known outside the UK for his writings on ancient Orthodoxy in England (such as his book, Orthodox Christianity and the Old English Church), much of his published writing consists of editorials on various subjects of interest to modern Orthodox Christians. He publishes the Orthodox England magazine, placing much of its contents on the Internet, on the Orthodox England on the 'Net website, including many of his editorials.

Fr. Andrew is a strongly pro-ROCOR apologist, regarding it as having been founded by St. Tikhon of Moscow.[1] He is also notable for his support of Russian Orthodox Messianism,[2][3][4][5][6][7] and came out in favor of the proposed Russian Orthodox Metropolia of Western Europe that Patriarch Alexei II (Ridiger) of Moscow promoted in recent years.[8][9]

Fr. Andrew's editorial writings on current events are often critical toward those perceived as modernists or ecumenists, particularly the use of the New Calendar. His particular focus is on the modern state of Russian Orthodoxy in the West, and as such, much of his criticism is levelled at the leadership of the Diocese of Sourozh in the UK (referring to the administration of Metr. Anthony (Bloom) as a "personality cult"[10][11][12]) and the Russian Orthodox Exarchate in Western Europe, based in Paris. He also occasionally publishes remarks critical of the OCA[13][14][15] (referring to it as "Eastern-rite Uniatism"[16]) and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which he regards as "in the forefront of ecumenism and modernism in the twentieth century."[17]

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