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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Announcement On Vassula Ryden By The Ecumenical Patriarchate

The Orthodox Church, following strictly the shining example and teaching of the Holy Apostles, the teaching of the Fathers of the Church who have their succession, and the divinely-inspired decisions of the Ecumenical Synods, safeguards as a pearl of great price the faith of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church which the Christian plenitude experiences through their participation in the Sacraments and entire spiritual life of the divinely-founded ecclesiastical body.

Hence, whatever movement and improvised tension, personal or collective, in contempt or in breach of the dogmas of the Orthodox Christian faith and life in Christ within the Church as the only path for the salvation of our souls, all the more the self-proclaimed "supposedly charismatic" personality, is rejected always as an unacceptable innovation.

In this spirit, and for the beneficial protection of our pious Orthodox plenitude from dangerous spiritual confusion, who do not know well matters underlying the risk of delusion, we denounce from the Mother Church Vasiliki Paraskevis Pentaki - Ryden, widely known as "Vassula", and her organization founded under the title "True Life In God" which rashly and frivolously proposes teachings based on the supposed "direct dialogue between her and the Founder of the Church Jesus Christ our Lord", and those conquered by her and the supporters of "True Life In God", which deviate arbitrarily from the God-given teaching of the Church, but also scandalize the Orthodox phronema of pious believers.

Hence, we call upon the proponents of these unacceptable innovations and the supporters who maintain them, who henceforth are not admitted to ecclesiastical communion, not only to not be involved in the pastoral work of the local Holy Metropolis, but also to not preach their novel teachings, to prevent the appropriate sanctions under the Holy Canons.

We express, lastly, the profound sorrow of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the acts of some - fortunately few - clergy of the Orthodox Church to be found at talks of the said "Vassula" and give to her a "certificate of Orthodoxy."

At the Patriarchate, the 16th of March 2011
Of the Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod

Translated by John Sanidopoulos

Ἀνακοινωθέν περί τῆς Βασιλικῆς Παρασκευῆς Πεντάκη - Ρύντεν(Βασούλας)

Ἡ Ὀρθόδοξος Ἐκκλησία, ἀκολουθοῦσα ἀπαρεγκλίτως τό λαμπρόν ὑπόδειγμα καί τήν διδαχήν τῶν Ἁγίων Ἀποστόλων, τήν διδασκαλίαν τῶν ἐχόντων τήν ἐξ αὐτῶν Διαδοχήν Πατέρων τῆς Ἐκκλησίας καί τάς θεοπνεύστους Ἀποφάσεις τῶν Οἰκουμενικῶν Συνόδων, διαφυλάττει ὡς πολύτιμον μαργαρίτην τήν πίστιν τῆς Μιᾶς, Ἁγίας, Καθολικῆς καί Ἀποστολικῆς Ἐκκλησίας, τήν ὁποίαν βιώνει τό χριστεπώνυμον πλήρωμα αὐτῆς διά μέσου τῆς συμμετοχῆς εἰς τήν μυστηριακήν καί τήν καθόλου πνευματικήν ζωήν τοῦ θεοϊδρύτου ἐκκλησιαστικοῦ σώματος. Οὕτως, ἡ οἱαδήποτε τάσις αὐτοσχεδιασμοῦ καί κίνησις, προσωπική ἤ συλλογική, περιφρονήσεως ἤ ἀθετήσεως τῶν δογμάτων τῆς πίστεως τῶν Ὀρθοδόξων χριστιανῶν καί τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ ζωῆς ἐντός τῆς Ἐκκλησίας ὡς μόνης ὁδοῦ διά τήν σωτηρίαν τῶν ψυχῶν ἡμῶν, πολλῷ δέ μᾶλλον τῆς αὐτοανακηρύξεως προσώπων ὡς «δῆθεν χαρισματικῶν», ἀπεδοκιμάσθη πάντοτε ὡς ἀπαράδεκτος καινοτομία.

Ὑπό τό πνεῦμα τοῦτο, καί διά τήν ὀφειλετικήν προστασίαν τοῦ μέν εὐσεβοῦς ὀρθοδόξου πληρώματος ἐξ ἐπικινδύνων πνευματικῶν συγχύσεων, τῶν δέ μή γνωριζόντων καλῶς τά πράγματα ἐκ τοῦ ἐλλοχεύοντος κινδύνου τῆς πλάνης, ἀποδοκιμάζονται ὑπό τῆς Μητρός Ἐκκλησίας αἱ ὑπό τῆς Βασιλικῆς Παρασκευῆς Πεντάκη - Ρύντεν, εὐρύτερον γνωστῆς ὡς «Βασούλας», καί τῆς ὑπ᾿ αὐτῆς ἱδρυθείσης ὀργανώσεως ὑπό τόν τίτλον «Ἀληθινή ἐν Θεῷ ζωή» ἀκρίτως καί ἐπιπολαίως εἰσαγόμεναι διδασκαλίαι περί τῶν δῆθεν «ἀπ᾿ εὐθείας διαλόγων της μετά τοῦ Ἱδρυτοῦ τῆς Ἐκκλησίας Κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ» καί τῆς κατακτήσεως ὑπ᾿ αὐτῆς τε καί τῶν ὀπαδῶν της τῆς «ἀληθινῆς ἐν Θεῷ ζωῆς», αἱ ὁποῖαι παρεκκλίνουν αὐθαιρέτως τῆς θεοσδότου διδασκαλίας τῆς Ἐκκλησίας, ἀλλά καί σκανδαλίζουν τό ὀρθόδοξον φρόνημα τῶν εὐλαβῶν πιστῶν.

Ὅθεν, καλοῦμεν τούς εἰσηγητάς τῶν ἀπαραδέκτων αὐτῶν καινοτομιῶν καί τούς ἐμμένοντας εἰς αὐτάς ὑποστηρικτάς των, οἱ ὁποῖοι τούτου ἕνεκα δέν γίνονται δεκτοί εἰς ἐκκλησιαστικήν κοινωνίαν, ὄχι μόνον νά μή παρεμβαίνουν εἰς τό ποιμαντικόν ἔργον τῶν κατά τόπους Ἱερῶν Μητροπόλεων, ἀλλά καί νά ἀποκηρύξουν τάς καινοφανεῖς διδασκαλίας των, ὥστε νά προληφθοῦν αἱ ὑπό τῶν Ἱερῶν Κανόνων προβλεπόμεναι κυρώσεις.

Ἐκφράζομεν, τέλος, τήν βαθεῖαν λύπην τοῦ Οἰκουμενικοῦ Πατριαρχείου ἐκ τῆς ἐνεργείας ἐνίων -ἐλαχίστων, εὐτυχῶς- κληρικῶν τῆς Ὀρθοδόξου Ἐκκλησίας νά παρευρίσκωνται εἰς ὁμιλίας τῆς εἰρημένης «Βασούλας» καί νά παρέχουν εἰς αὐτήν «πιστοποιητικά Ὀρθοδοξίας».

Ἐν τοῖς Πατριαρχείοις, τῇ 16ῃ Μαρτίου 2011
Ἐκ τῆς Ἀρχιγραμματείας τῆς Ἁγίας καί Ἱερᾶς Συνόδου

Read also: My Translation of the Decree Against Vassula Ryden

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