On the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church — Archmandrite Vasileios, Hegumen of the Iviron Monastery, Mount Athos



No matter if it seems (at first sight) that irresponsible ecumenists and fanatical zealots hold opposite views, in reality they share the same poverty; they are imprisoned in the same cell. They begin and end with their own opinion. They lack the courage of faith and the truth of love which liberate man.


They torment and are tormented, they hurl threats without meaning or courtesies without essence. The presence of the first breeds the existence of the other. The rumpus of the conflict of both ‘authorities’ (by imagination) never ceases!


To both sides the Word of God proclaims: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries[a] and the delusions of their own minds. (Jeremiah 14:14)


By Archmandrite Vasileios, Hegumen of Iviron Monastery


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