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After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY






From Vladyka Agafangel's livejournal

There's going to be some who won't like this.
Sorry.

On Grace
All his life, Metropolitan Anthony affirmed that the truths of the Church are inseparable from morality.  In his article "The Moral Component of Church Dogma," he considers the life within the Church to be full of Grace and that that life contains "Christ's life, which He gave to the Church and which is instilled in the soul of every single person."  He avers that the Church is the means of this Grace and is called to unite all the various people into one human state redeemed by Christ.

If one agrees with this definition of Grace, then it follows for example that the MP truly does not have Grace, as it cannot exist where, for example, a diocesan authority is led by a group of homosexuals or where all other sorts of wickedness are permitted.

It turns out that Grace also cannot be found among the ROCA "fragments," as the inexorable ["centripetal" in the machine translation]  movement towards Christ does not exist among them at all.

One can ask does such Grace exist within us, does our communal life lead towards the spiritual rebirth of our parishioners?  I believe it does.

I have not claimed that Grace exists only among us. You must read what I said carefully.

I wrote that Met. Anthony's concept is that the life within the Church itself is Grace and it unites in Christ all its participants.  If the members of the Church live according to Christ's commandments "without compulsion," then Grace exists among them.

Thank you D.G. for this translation