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An Open Letter on the Sins of Simony
Ścumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide ^ | January 31, 2012 | Scholarios-Gennadius

Posted on 02/01/2012 1:19:25 PM PST by Bpscholarios

Official Declaration of the ŒCOCW Office of Morals, Doctrine and Spirituality

January 30, 2012

The Concerned Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican Bishops Coalition

Dear Brothers in Christ:

It is with mixed anguish and heartfelt affection that we, The Concerned Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican Bishops Coalition, have convened an ad hoc coalition with the express intention to offer fraternal counsel regarding reported wayward behavior in some of your jurisdictions. It is to such as have committed simony (giving or receiving money for that which is holy and cannot be purchased) that we address this open letter.

It has been bought to our collective attention that certain unsuspecting men seeking to lay claim to the divine office of Bishop are actively despoiling and sullying the most pure garment of the bride of Christ, Holy Mother Church. This has occurred through the explicit knowledge of those who seek to enrich themselves by deliberately attempting to sell the holy office of Bishop for material gain. The Blessed Apostle Paul speaks through the mists of time: “Let your conduct be free from avarice; being content with such things as are at hand” (Heb. 13:5).

The Holy Apostles also speak clearly through the Holy Canons of the Church when they state:

If any Bishop become the recipient of this office by means of money, or any Presbyter, or any Deacon, let him be deposed as well as the one who ordained him, and let him be cut off entirely even from communion, as was Simon the Sorcerer by me Peter. (Canon 2 of the Fourth Ecumenical Council; Canon 22 of the Sixth Ecumenical Council; Canon 5 of the Seventh Ecumenical Council; Canon 90 of St. Basil the Great; Encyclical Epistle of St. Gennadius; and the Epistle of St. Tarasius of Constantinople). In these canons the message is clear that any bishop or presbyter, or deacon who obtains the office of Holy Orders with money is to be deposed along with those who participated in such ordination and let them be excommunicated just as Simon the Sorcerer by Blessed Peter (Acts 13:6). It is from this scurrilous act of the sinful Simon that we derive the infamous action known as “simony”.

The seriousness of this odious offense is not only prefaced by the blessed words of St. Gennadius who states that such violators should be subject to the curse of anathema, but also Canon 2 of the 4th, Canon 22 of the 6th and Canon 5 of the 7th, Canon 23 of the 6th and other Ecumenical Councils, that directly call for the excommunication, deposition, anathema and casting out of the Church of those who debase themselves and the Church by such unholy conduct.

Our brothers, let there be no mistake that your actions are in violation of the Holy Canons and the Apostolic Tradition of the Church by virtue of Canon 29 of The 85 Canons of the Holy Apostles, which read: “….and sigh, my brother, at the violation of such sacred and such momentous Canons; for today that is the manner in which simony is practiced, as though there is a virtue, and not a heresy detected by God, as most saintly Gennadius calls it.” Further, he states unequivocally by stating that any bishop that sells a Holy Office is worthy of rejection and anathema and further indicates that “he” who obtains an office under such circumstance is of “no dignity” to that which he has acquired through any financial transactions (Epistle of St. Gennadius) (Canon Law).

Dear brothers, we approach this in the spirit of the Apostle Matthew (Mt 18:15-17) with specific emphasis on verse 17 which states: “And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.” Accordingly, we have found it necessary to “tell it to the church” because the conversation between you and your brothers has been ineffective.

Our Lord also speaks of the hardness of heart by which His Holy Ordinances memorialized in the Holy Canons referenced above are defiled and violated through the selling of Holy Orders which are not “holy.” Additionally, this offense is deepened by the distasteful promotion of “prosperity” of material gain through the false promise that God will enrich with earthly goods those who seek to mislead His flock. Due to the ineffectiveness of our earlier counsel, we find it necessary to publicly denounce the odious act of simony. Your circle of violators are actively misleading Christ’s flock with promises of elusive wealth. According to John 10:1-3 you are robbers and thieves: 1 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”

The Blessed Apostle Paul also teaches “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” (Gal 6:1) Therefore, with true affection and heavy hearts, we The Concerned Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican Bishops Coalition hereby declare anathema on the sin of Simony, false pretenses, disreputable concern, false claim to the office of Bishop, presbyter and deacon. We further call for you to repent, cease and desist such mournful behavior and be saved.

We stand united in defense of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His Holy Church.

Composed and supported under the Omophorion leadership of the Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide

Under the hands of †Scholarios-Gennadius III, OSB, Protohierarch-Metropolitan and †Metropolitan Gregory Timotheos, Canonist

To this pledge we place our collective names and offices:

The Holy Synod Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide †Scholarios-Gennadius III, OSB Protohierarch-Metropolitan

†Catholicos Scholarios-Gennadius III, PhD, OSB Protohierarch-Metropolitan Archbishop New York & East Coast of America Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide Metropolitan-Archbishop The Holy Orthodox Catholic Church

†Metropolitan Gregory Timotheos, OSB Protosyncellus and Canonist Archbishop of Canada Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide Toronto, Ontario, Canada

†The Most Rev. James-Peter Bramhan, OSB, D.D., PhD Archbishop-Primate African Orthodox Church of Africa Clinton, Maryland

†The Most Rev. Council Nedd II, TOSF, PhD Presiding Bishop and Bishop of the Chesapeake The Episcopal Missionary Church

†The Most Rev. Larry Johnson Presiding Bishop Anglican Church International Communion Anglican Church of Virginia Front Royal, Virginia

†Denis Michel Garrison, ThD, OSB Metropolitan Emeritus Benedictine Superior General Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide Old Catholic Orthodox Church

†The Right Reverend Wilbert Bailey (Cyril-Mark) Assisting Bishop, Chesapeake and Northeast The Episcopal Missionary Church

†Archbishop Grant B. Williams Jr., PhD ThD Presiding Bishop The Lords Churches Apostolic Ministries Inc.

†Mar Dawad Maryam Elias (Rev. Dr Lowell Greer) Bishop of Toledo, Ohio Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide/ Old Catholic Orthodox Church Vistula Chapel Toledo, OH

†Mar Martin Severius, SBL, M.Div., PhD, D.D. (Bishop Craig M. Davis) Bishop of Indiana, "Emeritus" Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide Enfield, Victoria, Australia

†The Right Reverend Thomas R. Davis Bishop of Southern Nevada (Retired) Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide

†Most Rev. Matthew Smith Archbishop of Portland Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide Anglican Rite Catholic Church Portland, Oregon

†Most Rev. William F. Malloy, Jr., M.Div., D.D. Metropolitan-Archbishop Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide American Independent Old Catholic Orthodox Church Florida

†Most Rev. Heyward Ewart, D.D., PhD Metropolitan-Archbishop Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide Holy Catholic Church International Lake City, Florida

†Archbishop Antonio Mathieu, PsyD Archbishop of Haiti Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide

†Most Rev. Fabio Andrade Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide/ Old Catholic Orthodox Church Obispo for the Religious Communities in Colombia

†Obispo Antonio Camacho Ramon Diaz, D. D. Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide Old Catholic Orthodox Church Mexico

†Arzobispo Antonio Clavijo, PhD Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide Iglesias Apostolica Universal Old Catholic Orthodox Church, Colombia

†Obispo Luis Alberto Pachon Arias Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide Our Lady of the Sorrows Church Colombia

†Most Rev. Rafael Pardo Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide Old Catholic Orthodox Church Obispo Bogota, Colombia


TOPICS: Apologetics; Ecumenism; Moral Issues; Orthodox Christian
KEYWORDS: canonlaw; church; discipline; tradition

1 posted on 02/01/2012 1:19:29 PM PST by Bpscholarios
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To: Bpscholarios

excommunication, deposition, anathema and casting out?

in that order?


2 posted on 02/01/2012 1:33:41 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: RitchieAprile
The actions that are mentioned in this particular communication is intended to provide pertinent counsel for offenders of church canons in reference to this offense and the order in which discipline is applied is not in the exact order contained in my communication.

+Scholarios

3 posted on 02/01/2012 4:10:34 PM PST by Bpscholarios
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To: Bpscholarios

So, who are the sinners that this is directed at? Why did this issue come up at this time?


4 posted on 02/01/2012 9:41:49 PM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: married21

Dear married21:

The sinners unfortunately legion and this matter has arisen at this time due to the current increase in this practice by unscrupulous practitioners whose communicable illness can infect the greater church leadership and mislead the unsuspecting and the faithful.


5 posted on 02/03/2012 3:53:12 PM PST by Bpscholarios
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