Sobor 1981 Resolution
ROCOR: Resolution of the Bishops' Council of 1981
Author: Metropolitan Agafangel. Publication Date: May 20, 2020 . Category: ROCOR Archive .
The Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, after hearing and taking note of the material presented to it by the Synod of Bishops on the development of the ecumenical movement and the wide participation in it of the Moscow Patriarchate, which completely submits to atheistic anti-christ authority, as well as the report on the growth of anti-christ principles in the world, defines:
1. In accordance with the prophecies of the Holy Scriptures and the interpretation of the Holy Fathers of the Church, it is certain that we are entering one of the apocalyptic periods of human history. In it, the forces of evil threaten to seize leadership around the world. Only repentance and the rebirth of the Orthodox Church in Russia can stop this process. The true Church is already in an undoubted minority, becoming the "little flock" predicted by the Savior. However, He also told Christians not to lose heart even when they survive to the last years of the existence of the world.
2. The destructive forces in the world are trying to cause general chaos and there may be a general war. In this case, for each diocese, the instructions of the Decree of His Holiness Patriarch Tikhon and the Holy Synod of November 7/20, 1920, with the obligatory commemoration of the name of our First Hierarch, would come into force.
3. Preserving the purity of Orthodoxy, we cannot have any fellowship with the Moscow Patriarchate, which is in full service of the atheist government, even if even some of its ministers are going to serve not only Veliara, but Christ, which is incompatible according to the Apostle Paul. On the other hand, an expanding ecumenical communion between representatives of a number of Orthodox Churches with the Vatican in a t [ak] called dialogue is observed with alarm. With the goal of establishing full communion between them in the sacraments at all costs, the negotiators have actually entered into prayer communion with each other without accepting Orthodox teaching by the other side. This communication is set as a goal, regardless of the absence of dogmatic consensus. Such an approach to the issue is Protestant, not Orthodox, and therefore cannot be assimilated by our Church.
4. If, meanwhile, we are informed that faith is again awakening in different sections of the Russian population, then we do not have enough data to pray for those who are involved in this process when we offer prayers for the enlightenment and strengthening of those who join it. At the same time, we call upon God's blessing on those who, without fear of persecution, are being eliminated from any compromise with the policy of godlessness embodied in the Moscow Patriarchate, which, like all its acts, we recognize as non-canonical and invalid.
CHAIRMAN OF THE CATHEDRAL: + Metropolitan Filaret.
MEMBERS OF THE CATHEDRAL: + Archbishop Seraphim; + Archbishop Athanasius; + Archbishop Vitaliy; + Archbishop Anthony of Los Angeles; + Archbishop Anthony of Geneva; + Archbishop Anthony Z.-A. and S.F .; + Archbishop Seraphim; + Bishop Nectarios; + Bishop Constantine; + Bishop Laurus; + Bishop Alipius.
SECRETARIES: + Bishop Paul; + Bishop Gregory; + Bishop Mark.