Important message from Vladyka Agafangel for English speakers
Vladyka Agafangel posted these comments in Russian and English.
See this post in on Internet Sobor with the recent ukases:
# RE: РПЦЗ: Архиепископы Андроник и Софроний запрещены в священнослужени и (+eng) — Митрополит Агафангел 14.01.2017 10:41
The parasynagogue fully proved its adoption of heresy, through its unanimous acceptance of the resolution entitled "Resolution No. 362 and Church community (district)" where they "confirm that in the Russian Church there is no Supreme ecclesiastical authority, and, in accordance with the well-known decree of Patriarch Tikhon and the Highest Church administration of the Russian Orthodox Church dated 7/20 November 1920, that it (the Russian Church) consists of Small Councils, or "fragments," or self-governing Church districts, called to be in Eucharistic communion with each other". "The concept that only one of the Synods (Councils) have the succession from the former Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, and that the other "fragments" are essentially schismatic groups, is but groundless delusion."
Those who wrote this, indeed, are heretics who teach against the Unity of the Church, inexcusably referring to Patriarch Tikhon at that. The words of the Decree No. 362 directly convicts the parasynagogue: "9) In the case of extreme disorganization of ecclesiastical life, when certain individuals and parishes cease to recognize the authority of the diocesan Bishop, the latter - being in a position which is specified in clauses 2 and 6- must not resign from his hierarchical plenary authority, but must organize a deanery and diocese from the individuals in parishes and the parishes remaining faithful to him; and providing where needed, the performing of divine services be it even in private homes or other adaptable premises, breaking ecclesiastical communion with the disobedient".
Thus, following the spirit and the letter of Decree No. 362, we do not “remove our hierarchical plenary authority, but must organize a deanery and diocese from the individuals in parishes and from the parishes remaining faithful to him; and providing where needed, the performing of divine services be it even in private homes or other adaptable premises, breaking ecclesiastical communion with the disobedient". Therefore, we who fulfill Patriarch Tikhon’s Decree, are obligated to continue the work of salvation of those faithful to Christ and His Church without you heretics and schismatics, by "breaking ecclesiastical communion with the disobedient".
# RE: РПЦЗ: Архиепископы Андроник и Софроний запрещены в священнослужени и (+eng) — Митрополит Агафангел 13.01.2017 16:44
(+ Eng) - Metropolitan Agafangel 01.13.2017 7:34
According to the Resolution of the Council of Bishops, all clergy who attended and took part in the meeting of the parasynagogue are prohibited from serving. From January 10 on, it is prohibited to have communion in prayer with any of them. It is prohibited to attend services executed by heretics and schismatics in the Holy Trinity Church in Astoria, the in Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh in the Tolstoy Farm, the Church of St. Xenia of Petersburg in Ottawa, the Resurrection parish in Toronto and the Vilensky Martyrs parish in Melbourne (Australia).
But even at this time those who did not participate in this gathering have the opportunity to escape the bans – by not signing the conclusive documents and by rejecting the heretical parasynagogue.