Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Statement of the Papa-Knyaz Regarding Anglican Mass at the Lateran Archbasilica

FIRENZE-NUOVA ROMA 25 April 2023 (NRom)

H.H. the Papa-Knyaz and Catholicos of Rome-Ruthenia made the following statement about the recent celebration of the Holy Mass by Anglicans in the Lateran Archbasilica (the cathedral of the Pope-Bishop of Rome) at the invitation of the cathedral leadership. This brotherly event was followed by numerous vicious attacks online and in the media. Read more here: https://practicalparson.blogspot.com/2023/04/anglicans-in-ambulatory.html

Although I am not an Anglican, I am appalled at the vitriol and lack of Christian charity expressed by so many who claim to be of the "one true church." They forget brotherhood and charity while priding themselves on the alleged righteousness of their own position. Some converts from anglicanism are especially incensed, feeling they have been betrayed. Yet, love thy neighbour as thyself or do not call yourself a Christian. The religion is Christianity, not catholicism or orthodoxy or any other name. The authentic church of Christ is Apostolic and has many parts of the same whole -- many of whom tear themselves apart fighting each other and tear their souls to pieces in the process. If your brother is not welcome in your house, how do you expect to be admitted to the Kingdom of Heaven? We in Our See have the Anglican Rite among several others, for it is part of our heritage, and we remain Orthodox and Catholic. All are welcome in Christ.