Friday, December 29, 2006

The Rusyn-based part of a North American schism (story in English)
Which was nominally headed by the late Metropolitan Vitaly (Ustinov) in Canada. Apparently a few people in the old country, the ex-USSR, are upset about the Russian Orthodox-ROCOR reunion coming up in May. (ROCOR = anti-Soviet exiles who had missions in post-Soviet Russia.) Their hatred of the Soviet collaborationist church is understandable but certainly now theologically unjustified unless one is a Donatist. I don’t know their numbers but big countries like Russia and the Ukraine are bound to have splinter churches.

And you thought Anglican politics were nasty and complicated. There’s nothing new under the sun. (The Episcopalians are not the first American episcopal church to break up parish by parish and end up in court over it.)

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