WHY I ABANDONED THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
by Bishop Paul Ballaster-Convolier +1984
Bishop Paul de Ballester-Convallier: A contemporary Neo martyr of Orthodoxy (25th anniversary of his martyrdom: 1984-2009)
Two thousand and nine marked the 25th anniversary of the death as a martyr of the late Bishop Paul de Ballester-Convallier (1927-1984). As a memorial to him we reprint here his article which explains why and how he was converted to the Orthodox Church from Roman Catholicism.
The following article of the then Hierodeacon (monastic deacon) Fr. Paul Ballester-Convollier was published in two follow up articles by Kivotos Magazine (July 1953, p. 285-291 and December 1953 p. 483-485). Previously a Franciscan monk who had turned to Orthodoxy, Bishop Paul was made titular Bishop of Nazianzus of the Holy Archdiocese of North and South America with its seat in Mexico City. There he met with a martyr’s death. The news of his death was reported on the first page of the newspaper Kathemerini (an Athens daily), Saturday, February 4, 1984) which says”
THE GREEK ORTHODOX BISHOP PAUL WAS MURDERED IN MEXICO
As it became known in Mexico City, before yesterday the Bishop of Nazianzus, Paul De Ballester of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America, died. He was murdered by a 70 year old Mexican, a retired military man who was suffering from psychiatric problems. The funeral was attended by Archbishop Iakovos who was aware of the work of the active Bishop. It should be pointed out that Bishop Paul was of Spanish origin and was received into the Orthodox Church as an adult. He excelled as a chief shepherd (Bishop) and author. The Mexican authorities do not exclude the possibility that his murderer was driven to his act through some sort of fanaticism. Bishop Paul was a native of Catalonia, Spain. He studied in seminaries in Athens and Halki, Turkey. He was ordained in Athens as a deacon in 1953 and as a priest in 1954. His ministry as a priest was first in Constantinople (1954-1959) and as a priest in 1954 and then in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (1959-1984). In 1970 he was consecrated titular Bishop of Nazianzus (in New York) with its seat in Mexico City. His work there as a churchman, university professor and voluminous author was brilliant and conspicuous, but unfortunately it was sealed with his premature death. He was murdered at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy in Mexico City in 1984. His funeral was attended by Archbishop Iakovos who praised the exceptional work of this vibrant Bishop..
This article will open many eyes to the complete folly of dialogue with the Pope’s operation. The author discloses their erroneous claims to primacy and infallibility, reason alone for which Orthodoxy must shun them.