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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






Our ROCA statement against "R-fragment ecumenism"

Three articles on Internet Sobor against the "jurisdictional ecumenism" espoused by the Kotlaroff schismatics.  (Most recent article on top.)

...the Council of Bishops said that the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia does not believe that in our days the Local Russian Church apparently does not exist and is made up of fragments that do not have each other Eucharistic communion.

...one holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. 
Church can not split, there can only be a falling away from her.


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Statement by Council of Bishops
In connection with the approval of the group of supporters of the Archbishops Andronicus and Sophronia (calling itself "the Pre-Council Committee"), which they placed in the media: "In our time, that we believe the collegiate church has the form of fragmented" debris "that have no communication with each other "meaning that the Catholic Church, allegedly, did not seem to exist, and it is divided into fragments, the Council of Bishops said that the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia does not believe that in our days the Local Russian Church apparently does not exist and is made up of fragments that do not have each other Eucharistic communion. On the contrary, such a statement by us and the entire Orthodox Church condemned as heretical in anathema to ecumenism, "who attack the Church of Christ by teaching, for theirs is divided into branches, and approving, like a church apparently does not exist, but from the branches and splits (...) will be united into one body: Anathema ".
We believe that our Council of Bishops, chaired by the Metropolitan Cathedral Agafangel and subordinated diocese mission, monasteries and parishes have a visible and "an inseparable part of the Local Russian Orthodox Church, temporarily self-governing on conciliar principles".
We note that to date there is no objective physical obstacles to the canonical life of the Unified Russian Church (the presence of the front line, closed state borders, open persecution of the Orthodox Christians, etc.) and there is no "failure to establish relations with the bishops of neighboring dioceses" (Decree №362, p.4).
We also state that in our days, despite repeated appeals, the bishops and priests, formerly in the ROCA, now calling themselves "fragments", deliberately not fulfilled paragraph 2 of the Decree №362: "the diocesan bishop immediately enters into relations with bishops neighboring dioceses for the purpose of organizing a higher instance of ecclesiastical authority for several dioceses in similar conditions. "
The current situation is provided by paragraph 9 of the Decree №362:.. "In the case of extreme disorganization of ecclesiastical life, when certain persons and parishes cease to recognize the authority of the diocesan bishop, the latter being in the position indicated in paragraph 2 and paragraph 6, does not resign from their hierarchical powers, but of organizing parties, he remained faithful, parishes and from parishes - deanery and diocese, giving, where it is necessary to conduct services even in private homes and other devices to the premises and breaking ecclesial communion with the disobedient. "
Since the "ecclesiastical communion with the disobedient" (ie "shards"), no, we have, with regret, to state between us and the now existing "fragments", the state of schism. We, like the rest of the Church believe that the dissenters are not in the Church, and are fallen away part of it.
At the same time, our Council of Bishops has always called, and calls now, everyone who had been in the ROCOR, aside attempts to justify divisions, reaching, as we see, to the destructive false teachings heretical, and, trusting in God, to restore our common unity.
Yes Rebellion in unity in the making of Thine, O LORD, and serve you right! May it be so!
Chairman of the Council: Metropolitan Agafangel
Council members: Archbishop George (Secretary), Bishop Gregory (Vice Chairman), Athanasius, Nikon, Nicholas, Anastasius, Roman and Anthimus. Archbishop John and Bishop Cyril (participated in the work of the Council on Skype)
Members of the Supreme Church Council: John abbot (Schmelz) and Archpriest Leonid Plyats

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Heresy skhizmoekumenizma
A report of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad in 2016
"Of your own selves shall men who are speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them" (Acts 20.30).
The Church of Christ is one. This dogma, which we profess in the Creed: "I believe, in a single (...) Church." The fact that the Church is one Holy Scripture testifies. As in the Old Testament stories was the Temple, which is its singular witness of the unity of God and the New Testament Church, Temple just one. After the coming of Christ into the world, instead of just one church - one church - the Temple, the expanded geographically over the whole earth.
United Church has one head - Christ, is made up of the local Churches, which, in turn, are composed of dioceses, which include the individual parishes with parishioners. Together they make up one body of Christ, within which there is a single for all transforming and saving grace of the Holy Spirit.
Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane praying for the Church: "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us" (John 17.21). Symptoms and conditions of the unity of the Church on earth is a common doctrine, liturgy and the sacraments (above all - the Sacrament of the Body of Christ in the Eucharist). Differing in doctrine or no communication in the liturgy and the sacraments can not be the one Body of Christ. Those who have faith differs from the Orthodox Church calls the heretics, and those who are not united with the Church common worship and the sacraments - splitters. This division may be an exception, when someone rejected his opinion, not a confession, the Orthodox Faith, not conviction, but by error or misunderstanding. Those that know the true faith and are aware of their error, easily returned to Orthodoxy. Also, those who by coincidence find themselves isolated and unable to participate in the liturgy and the sacraments, with other members of the Church (such as the Soviet Union), or by mistake, even living next to, but not knowing or nedoponimaya each other.
But quite another when someone consciously, staying in communication, this communication breaks not for good reasons (according to the teachings of the holy fathers valid reason can only be heresy). But here you can also see different reasons for this gap of communication in the liturgy and the sacraments. This can be, so to speak, the "human factor" that happened in the history of the Church - just a quarrel or dispute over property, or because of the location and position in the hierarchy, or something like that. Or, say, the rites and liturgical books translated as unfortunately happened in the history of the Russian Church. This division can be called even bewilderment caused by human weaknesses and to pray for his speedy heal. But still, in this case should be reasoning and determination on who is right and wrong to declare guilty of schism, and to recognize it and flock back to church. Split, unfortunately, often happens to human weakness and passions.
But this is not something that a conscious and well thought-out division, similar to what is happening now. Just in recent years, a new unorthodox doctrine, according to which split the act, in fact, there is no crime, and the church as much as necessary can be divided into isolated in prayer and the sacraments of the group, allegedly, while maintaining clean the main tenets of the Orthodox faith, and holding, so that the saving grace of the Holy Spirit. According to this new doctrine, in spite of the separation, the saving grace is preserved in all the divided groups of the former ROCOR. Some isolated groups of ( "fragments") that do not have a communication between the liturgy and the sacraments, are each individually small, supposedly canonical church, and together, they are all together, though, is a Local Russian Church. Thus, this new false teaching actually abolishes the concept of a split in the Church, and thus at odds with the teachings of the Holy Fathers.
Visible and effective anti-clerical manifestations of the new heresy: belittling the value of the patristic tradition, the canons of the Church rules, the humiliation of the individual pastors and hierarchs, the introduction into the Church of democracy instead of its hierarchical dispensation promotion between splitters intercommunion, the transition from one "jurisdiction" in the other, the formation of new " jurisdiction "and the like. General and most importantly, what is behind this false teaching - that it is not the gathering of the Church, and its ruin, crushed into many small groups and subsequent extinction. Personally, I have no doubt that this false doctrine is heresy against the Church, its unity. Heresy against the body of Christ.
Moreover, this heresy comes under part of the total anathema to ecumenism adopted Orthodox Church, "who attack the Church of Christ by teaching, for theirs is divided into branches (...): Anathema." Thus, the new heresy dissenters do not even need special anathemas and is not the new heresy, and a part of the ecumenical heresy, that is heresy, which confirmed the condemnation of the church and the reception is accepted by the whole Church.
The issue of this new heresy directly concerns us now because if someone who is close to us, professes such false teaching, then we can not say that such a man professes pure Orthodox faith, we must recognize that we have with him Faith is not the same.
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Let us now look at the application of new dissenters. They write: "Split called a violation of unity with the catholic Church Those who call us schismatics, thus show that they consider that the Odessa Synod - a Russian national church, but this opinion is absurd.." From this phrase implies that they are not. find our Synod, and therefore everyone this Synod nourishes, "Collegiate Church", under which they are, if you follow them to the note, obviously, understands "the Russian Local Church." it is possible that they are under the Russian Local Church understands the Moscow Patriarchate, plus all "fragments" of the ROCA? But I do not think that they are the Moscow Patriarchate, by itself, is considered a "conciliar Church", otherwise it would just married that are dissenters. Thus, according to the schismatics: We ( "Odessa Synod") - not "catholic Church"; MP - obviously not too "catholic Church" According to them, it turns out, the current set of "fragments." - That's where the "cathedral Russian Church."
In fact, this division is not split with the local church, but simply with the Church. The question should not be placed on the division of a "cathedral of the local Russian Church", but simply - an apostasy from the Church.
Believers come to ruinous reasoning that the canons are outdated. Since the "Canons represent the Collegiate Church in the unity of the local Churches and the various fragmented groups of schismatics, apostates from the Church. In our time, on the contrary, what we believe catholic Church has the form of fragmented" debris "that have no communication with each other." This time the canons is not provided (ie, the holy fathers, according to the new dissenters allegedly not doglyadeli): "the existence of" fragments ", that is, the autonomous existence of microscopic ecclesiastical jurisdiction, is not provided in the canons" (in the canons are three form defection from the Church: parasinagoga, heresy and schism - the latter-day splitters consistently passed all these three stages). New heresiarchs teach that the Church in our time, supposedly, "has the form of shattered" fragments "that have no communication with each other" - and this, of course, despite the fact that they, according to their doctrine, if not in schism with respect to one other.
Today, the group, led by retired bishops Andronicus and Sophronius, unfortunately, crossed the brink of schism, solely based on this heresy skhizmoekumenizma.
If the unity of the Church, according to the Catechism of Metropolitan Filaret (259), "is expressed in apparently the same confession of faith and communion in prayer and the sacraments", accordingly, the split - it (at the same confession of faith), the lack of communication in prayer and the sacraments. If the "fragments" are not in liturgical communion and sacraments, then what to call their relationship to one another, if not the state of schism? Other definitions and understanding of the split but generally accepted by the Church, does not exist. The existing "fragments" exactly fall under this definition. To argue this is impossible, it is, by definition, the Apostle, "to go against the pricks" (Acts 9.5).
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This is my summary report drawn up hastily, as the dissenters made his statement very recently, and there was a need to answer it. Though this heresy was announced earlier, but because it touches far removed from the ROCA group, I did not see the need to write about it. But now, when it was made of our Church, the issue has become a truly relevant. Therefore, I believe that the discussion of this new variety of the heresy of ecumenism should be continued because it is directly touched us and our flock.
Of course, I believed and continue to believe that the relationship with the dissenters should be the maximum economia, but we have no right to cross the line and teach what does not correspond to the teachings of the Holy Fathers. Perhaps I, at one time, some people confused the words of the proximity of all those who recently were together in the ROCOR, and some have interpreted these words in such a way that it is a complete unity. To this we must say that we must make sure, first of all, in itself, the fact that they themselves abide in the Church. We also believe that the dissenters go abroad Church. But what is actually happening around us - only God knows. Regarding the saving grace of the Holy. Spirit, we are confident that we have it. But we can not, we have no right to say that it is the others, because outside of the Church there is no internal saving grace of the Holy Spirit, we can not claim that it, this grace but we have no one else, and visible the boundaries of the Church is both invisible and its border. This question is answered ROCA fathers - we do not know. God knows.
+ Metropolitan Agafangel
Odessa, October 2016

ATTACHMENT
From the correspondence with the dissenters.
Metropolitan Agafangel 10/14/2016
Behind this is a lack of faith in the dogma of the one holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Church split can not, can only be a falling away from her. ROCA is strong precisely because the Church had no chips. But, now it no one pays attention, unfortunately.
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Schismatics Letter:
October 12, 2016
Add questions and answers:
On the website of the Internet Council gives many quotations from St. Fathers condemning your split.
Every division in the Church is a tragedy, at whatever level it occurs. But not every division is split in the sense spoken of the canons and St. Fathers.
Those who are talking about the present division of the church, call it a split, consciously or unconsciously make substitution of notions. Split is called a violation of unity with the catholic Church. Those who call us schismatics and thus show that they consider that the Odessa Synod - a Russian national church. But this opinion is absurd. ROCA from its inception always confess itself only a part of the Russian Church. When ROCA merged with the Moscow Patriarchate in 2007, those who did not agree with this step, were divided into many church-administrative units, commonly referred to as "fragments". So Odessa synod - not the whole Russian Church, but only "fragment" of its parts.
Schism is terrible that it is falling away from the Cathedral Church. If separation from Odessa Synod - have a falling away from the cathedral of the Church, it follows that all those who do not have a dialogue with the Odessa Synod are outside the Church. However, he never Metropolitan Agafangel held such views. On the contrary, in their statements and actions he recognized the relative canonical other "fragments" (all available canonical "fragments", including Odessa Synod, can be challenged to a greater or lesser extent). For example, the Metropolitan Agafangel adopted in their existing orders, without cheirothesia bishops: Dionysius, Irenaeus, and Anastasia, ordained in the other "fragments".
Thus, the separation of the Synod of Metropolitan Agafangel is not a falling away from the Church, ie, split, and to make "terrible" Quotes from St. fathers to our situation, there are intentional or unintentional hoax.
How do you need to call these divisions within the "fragments"?
This question can not give a reasonable answer to the canonical, for the simple reason that the very existence of the "fragments", ie the autonomous existence of microscopic ecclesiastical jurisdiction, is not provided in the canons. It should not be forgotten by those who love bold talk about the canons and canons apply to our situation. Canons depict catholic church in unity of the local Churches and the various fragmented groups of schismatics, apostates from the Church. In our time, on the contrary, what we believe catholic Church has the form of fragmented "debris" that have no communication with each other. The division within the "fragments" can be called "church-administrative division."
We lose contact with the family of anti-ecumenical Church through the gap with the Odessa Synod?
This is a very sad fact. However, from here does not mean that we have because of this gap apostasy from the Church. To see this let us take, for example, the synod Archbishop. Tikhon (Pasechnik) that is not in communion with the Synod Callinicus. Let us ask ourselves the question: why? Is he less orthodox than Odessa Synod? - Not at all. This is explained by the circumstances of a church-political situation, about which there is no need to dwell on here. Those. the fact that it was a synod of Odessa, one of the all the other "fragments", is in communion with the Synod of Callinicus, - is nothing more than an accident of history, from which you can not do any canonical conclusions. One should not forget the fact that the Greek True Orthodox Church are also in such a "fragmentation" state. For example, it is unlikely the bishops of the Synod of Resistance agree that before their connection to the Synod of Callinicus, they were out of the church and the sacraments were invalid.
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Metropolitan Agafangel: New Believers were heretics
December 13, 2016.
You can "congratulate" the new dissenters so that they, in addition to its split, fell in the heresy of ecumenism. More precisely, the original heretical confession of orthodoxy led them to split. In his "Questions and Answers" on October 12, 2016, their representatives on site "rocana", as in his mind and in accordance with his conscience write: "In our time is that we believe the collegiate church has the form of crushed "fragments", did not communicate with each other. "
This right is subject to the anathema, "who attack the Church of Christ by teaching, for theirs is divided into branches, and approving, like a church apparently does not exist, but from the branches and splits, heterodoxy and religions will be united into one body ...: Anathema!".
In support of their heresy, they even give an example: "Take, for example, the Synod Archbishop Tikhon (Pasechnik) that is not in communion with the Synod Callinicus Let us ask ourselves the question..? Why? Is it less orthodox than Odessa Synod - Not at all is explained. it is only the circumstances of the church-political situation, about which there is no need here to spread ie the fact that it was a synod of Odessa, one of the all the other "fragments", is in communion with the Synod of Callinicus, -. it is nothing more than an accident of history " .
At the time, I hesitate as inoffensive poimenovat those who separated from ROCA ahead of time, so that in the future they do not close the way for the reunification of his notes to find the word "debris". It seemed convenient and not offensive to others. But the split is a split. It can start even with a simple misunderstanding and quarrel or dispute, but then take root and turns into a schism, and then in heresy.
There may be individuals and groups who do not know about each other, or are offended at each other, or do not trust, or have distorted notions about each other, or something else of the kind, and the only reason, stay in the division. But when a misunderstanding and objective obstacles between them disappear, they are reunited and live in peace. It is always assumed ROCA when not insisted that she was the only Orthodox church in the world. But it is quite different when living together, suddenly separated for no apparent reason. There can not possibly be right both sides. In fact, we know without a cause nothing ever happens. So in this case it opened the real reason for this separation - hidden heresy of a certain group, the former before us.
The Church can accept incoming in her enclosure in various ways. The fact that we have adopted, "in the existing rank, without cheirothesia bishops: Dionysius, Irenaeus, and Anastasia, ordained in the other" fragments "," is a common practice of the Church. This does not mean recognition of the fact that the Church is the visible part. So, in the confession of faith, taken together ROCOR and CPI Greece and Romania in June 2014. "The True Orthodox Church in the face of the heresy of ecumenism", said:
"1. When making a repentant heretics and schismatics, Ecumenical and Local Councils of the Church, in addition to the principle of acrivia [austerity], at times used the so-called principle of economia [mercy], that is, canonical and pastoral practice, according to which the possibility of a temporary deviation from the letters of the sacred rules, without violation of their spirit. 2. at the same time, of course, economia never and in no way allows the justification of sin, or any kind of compromise with the "correct and saving confession of faith," as the oikonomia is aimed purely and solely to facilitate, in the spirit of humanity and mercy, salvation of souls for whom Christ died. 3. The use of economia in making heretics and schismatics in ecclesial communion does not mean that the Church recognizes the accuracy and validity of their sacraments, which were committed outside the boundaries of the canonical and charismatic. 4 . the Holy Orthodox Church never recognized the sacraments committed outside it at a distance from her, absolutely, nor by acrivia nor by economy, as make or receive these ordinances are in the depths of their heretical or schismatic communities. "
As heretics dissenters wrote: "The very existence of" fragments ", that is, the autonomous existence of microscopic ecclesiastical jurisdiction, is not provided in the canons." Indeed, there is provided, and can not be provided. For these groups, there are clear canonical definition: parasinagoga - dissenters - heretics.
It is possible that many of those who are now separated from the ROCA, are not aware of what is happening. Perhaps now they will think before you make a fateful step. That opened the heresy of separating from us - there is God's providence for those who follow the dissenters in the dark. Now the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
+ Metropolitan Agafangel
September 30 / October 13, 2016.
St. Michael, Metropolitan of Kiev (992)
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A schismatic Metropolitan Agafangel to the charge of heresy:

Your Eminence,
On the Internet website of the Cathedral placed your article "New dissenters were heretics" in which you accuse us of heresy "istinnopravoslavnogo ecumenism" (?!)
We leave on your conscience the name of our dissenters, but the accusation of heresy is so serious that we can not leave it unanswered.
You see heresy in the following statement, found you in one of the articles rocana website: "In our time that we consider the Collegiate Church, looks shattered" fragments "that have no communication with each other."
The existence of "fragments", ie not communicating with each other microscopically x ecclesiastical jurisdictions, - this is a well known fact. The question is how to interpret this fact in terms of communication. canons. In the majority of "fragments" cultivated the view that this is only a single "shard" belongs to the catholic church, and is ROCA and other "debris" - have fallen away from her dissenters. So it turns a strange picture: Each of the nearly two dozen "fragments" only considers himself a true and does not recognize the other.
The disadvantage of this approach is also that "fragments" continue to fragment, and each such crushing supporter of the theory-the only true "fragment" is faced with the need to decide which of the two newly-formed "fragments" is the true Church. But with the ongoing process of fragmentation can happen (this happened) that the person comes to the absurd conclusion that the Church had ceased to exist.
We believe such a view sad predrazsudkom originating, first, from the pride of the human (good to know yourself edinstvennoistinnym and look down on others), and secondly, because the canons interpreted too literally, and are used inappropriately.
Because of this prejudice (as well as the pride of the human, of course) can not budge association "fragments" of the process.
If we understand you correctly, this is the view of the "fragments" you set out in his article, recognizing your Odessa Synod only belonging to the cathedral of the Church, and your acceptance of Dionysius bishops Irinej and Anastasia in the existing rank, treating as joining of schismatic groups that are outside the Church.
But there is another view, which we adhere to. It consists in the fact that the partitions between "fragments" does not reach the sky. And from the fact that between the two jurisdictions no concelebration, it does not follow that they both can not belong to a single cathedral church because concelebration is only one of the visible manifestations of the spiritual unity of the Church, rather than this very unity. The Lord said of the Church that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Church - is not such a fragile thing, that it can be so easy to destroy.
It would be strange to us, survivors of the shipwreck of the ROCOR is now blaming each other and disassembled: who jumped from the sinking ship earlier and some later. If the "fragments" adhere to the Orthodox faith and have the right of ordination hierarchy, then this could be the basis for the restoration of ecclesiastical communion between them, without going into trial historical circumstances.
We thought that before you do shared this point of view. In the summer of 2010 you organized a conference in Odessa "Path of Orthodox Church in the Modern World", which invited representatives of various "fragments". After the conference, you recorded your live journal: "That's our conference ended. For me personally, it became apparent unnatural s existence "section" of the ROCA. We shared not a creed or even "mentality", but some fatal misunderstanding. On the one hand - sad, but on the other - it is encouraging. "
Asked one of the visitors that you mean by a "misunderstanding", you answered: "The misunderstanding is that" fragments "of the ROCA shared exclusively ambitions of the leaders."
So, perhaps, we charge of heresy - it is also a misunderstanding.
Pre-Council Committee.
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Metropolitan Agafangel 10/21/2016
The dissenters themselves decided to prove that they are indeed heretics.

Read received today (Oct. 21) "The answer to the charge of heresy." That's really, really, the real heretics our new schismatics. It is one thing - the separation of the church by mistake or coincidence, and another - a conscious confession and attempt groundless justifications.
In different areas of the church dispensation, there are different approaches to the same subject - from church acrivia to ecclesiastical economy. In the matter of divisions in the ROCA - the same thing. I thought and still think that there should be a maximum economia to all "splinters" did not have time to run up so far as to collect them would be impossible. Therefore, the mutual relations should be guided by the principle of economia. Hence the underscore our recent union with the hope that it will be restored in the near future. But this feature has economia - this is exactly what crossed the new dissenters. This feature - a confession and acceptance of heretical confession apparently and effectively cuts off one or the other "splinter" of the ROCOR body.
Such heretical confession, as it turned out, and a group led by retired archbishops Andronicus and Sophronius. Confessing that the Church may be composed of independent, isolated from other parts. Confessing that the body can live as separate "pieces" - this is the real heresy and blasphemy bogomerzkih.
His "The answer to the charge of heresy" schismatics clearly and unequivocally demonstrated that they are indeed heretics. So our attitude towards this group should be appropriately adjusted.
+ Metropolitan Agafangel

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ROCA: Beginning of Meeting of the Council of Bishops in 2016
In Odessa, in the Archangel Michael diocesan building, began the meeting of the Bishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. The meeting was attended by the Chairman of the Council Metropolitan Agafangel, Archbishop George (Secretary), Bishop Gregory (Vice Chairman), Athanasius, Nikon, Nicholas, Roman and Anfim. Archbishop John and Bishop Cyril participated in the work of the Council via Skype. Also participating in the Council were members of the Supreme Church Council Abbot John (Smelic) and Archpriest Leonid Plyats.
Archbishops Andronik and Sofrony refused to come to the Council, despite invitations being sent to them.
The Bishops' Council granted the request of the Bishop of Vladivostok and the Far East Anastasy (Surzhikov), and decided to accept him and the Far Eastern Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia led by him. Bishop Anastasy also participated in the work of the Council of Bishops.
The Council of Bishops adopted the following agenda :
1. Report of the President.
2. On the joining of Bishop Anastasy and the Far East diocese to ROCOR
3. Report of bishops on the situation in the dioceses.
4. On the Ecclesiastical Court held.
5. On the new non-Orthodox teaching .
6. On the actions and statements of very reverend Archbishop Andronik and Archbishop Sofrony and their supporting clergy and laity, after the Ecclesiastical Court.
7. Conference of the territories of North and South America and Canada.
8. Diocesan boundaries
9. On the Synodal building.
10. Synodal representation in Odessa.
11. On the composition of the Synod of Bishops.
12. Supreme Church Council.
13. The convening of the 6th All- Diaspora Council.
14. Replenishment of the episcopate.
15. Miscellaneous.

Council members sang the eternal memory of the deceased Archpriest Gregory Williams and discussed the current situation of our Mission in Haiti and the United States. Also on the first day of the Council , the participants discussed the situation in the Holy Land, South America and Australia. The Council noted the coming into force of the decision of the Ecclesiastical Court and the refusal to obey the order of the court by the Archbishops Andronik and Sophrony. The council listened to the memo by Metropolitan Agafangel, and discussed a number of other issues.

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