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June 29 2008 Concerns

Author: Alex. C. Popescu
June 29, 2008

Your Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel,  Your Grace Bishop Irineu,  Rev. Archdeacon David, Chancellor, Very Reverend Fathers of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America “ROEA” Dialogue Commission, Members of the Episcopate Council,  Reverend Fathers of the ROEA,  and Episcopate Congress Delegates,

On the eve of our Episcopate’s Annual Congress, we are now privy to an April 14, 2008 document entitled “Proposal to Establish a Romanian Orthodox Metropolitanate of North America” (on ROEA website only since 23/06/08) which would mean the union of the ROEA with the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of the Americas “ROAA” (an already “autonomous” entity under Romanian Patriarchate rule). The Hierarch of this new Metropolitanate would elevate the name of the Romanian Patriarch, with all that this entails. This document is presented in a supportive manner and we are even being suggested a Special Congress date to accept all on April 26, 2009. Everything has a positive spin, and this without any warning of how little we have to gain, and all we risk losing. Given the lack of discussion prior to having gotten so far, the consequences of the plan are analyzed below examining all 20 “Points” from the April 14, 2008 “Proposal” and by presenting a list of  10 “Concerns”.

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PRAYER OF ST. EPHREM

O Lord and Master of my life,
leave me not with the spirit of laziness,
of despair, of domination, or idle words.

Rather, give me, your servant, the spirit of integrity,
of humility, of patience, and of love.

Thus, Lord, grant me the wisdom to see my own faults,
and not condemn my brother;

for You are blessed, now and forever. Amen.



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Our Father, who are in heaven,
hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day
our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.

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