REBUTTAL OF STATEMENTS BY DOSITHEOS ANAGNOSTOPOULOS
OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE
Recently a spokesman for the Ecumenical Church, Dositheos Anagnostopoulos said some outrageous things about our holy faith and the inevitable union, in his view of Holy Orthodoxy with the unholy papacy. He evens speaks more like a papist than an Orthodox, saying that the Patriarch and Pope will “hear Mass”. While this phrase may apply to the papal mass, it is most inappropriate to apply it to Orthodox Christians who do not go to hear, but to celebrate the greatest and most glorious mystery in all history, wherein angels concelebrate with us and heaven bends down and embraces us so that we are in the kingdom of heaven – this is the Holy Orthodox Divine Liturgy!
The spokesman says that there is different canon law but “no theological dispute.” Orthodoxy does not have Canon Law, but we do have the Law of Christ. Sacred Canons have never been considered as laws and that is why they are limited to be used by bishops, who can apply them with leniency or strictness.
"No theological dispute?” It is a gigantic theological dispute! And this man is an Orthodox clergyman? The Pope claims to be the head of the church, the only one who represents God on earth, the infallible master of the all Christianity answerable to no one but never allowing himself to be questioned or challenged. The pope also considers himself the only guide of the church. What does this mean and is it a theological dispute? Not at all. It is the overthrow of Jesus Christ as the only Head of the Church and of the Holy Spirit as the only Guide of the church, and the popes have usurped the authority of God himself, waged war against the Church, slaughtered Orthodox Christians, is in apostasy from the Church, reject the Holy Fathers and the Sacred Canons. They have attacked and torn down the Roman Church and on its ruins have built the papacy which is not a church at all, but a fabrication by the apostates.
The spokesman says that “the pope is considered as the representative of Jesus Christ on earth that is for all Christians”. This is an false statement or a gross error. The correct statement should be: “the pope has been dogmatised by the papacy as the sole representative of Christ on the earth, stating that all Christians must submit to him.”
The spokesman claims no theological disputes, and this is untrue. One dispute was argued by St. Gregory Palamas with the papacy who claimed that divine grace was created, while Orthodoxy calls it uncreated coming from directly from God. He says that "dogmas hardly differ.
Dogmas hardly differ! So untrue!
Let us examine the fundamental dogmas of both Orthodoxy and the papacy and behold the extreme difference.
Orthodoxy: Fundamental Dogma: Believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and head of the Church
Papacy Fundamental Dogma: Believe that the Pope of Rome is the Vicar of Christ, the supreme and only authority in the church whom we must accept as head, guide and teacher of the church.
SUPREME AND ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY
ORIGIN OF THE GREATEST LIE EVER TOLD
The Popes of Rome without shame dogmatized as truth from heaven the extreme falsehood that the Pope alone is the supreme authority in the Church: Here is what they say:
“We renew the definition of the ecumenical council of Florence, in virtue of which all the faithful of Christ must believe that; “the Holy Apostolic See and the Roman Pontiff possesses the primacy over the whole world, and that the Roman Pontiff is the successor of Blessed Peter, Prince of the Apostle, and is the true Vicar of Christ, and the Head of the whole Church, and the Father and teacher of all Christians, and that full power was given to him in Blessed Peter to rule, feed, and govern the Universal Church”.
(Decrees of Vatican Council on Faith and the Church, p 15, Chair of Unity Apostolate, Graymoor Garrison NY.
Whoever accepts and joins in union with the pope and papacy separates himself from union with Holy Orthodoxy and eternal life, loses union with the Head of Orthodoxy Jesus Christ, union with the Holy Apostles and Holy Fathers, union with the Theotokos and Holy Martyrs; union with the entire Kingdom of heaven.