A few weeks ago some men who formed a parish in Taiwan under Moscow were excommunicated. Now a gentleman from the Philippines has been excommunicated.
(OMHKSEA) - Dear Brethren in Christ,
By the grace of God my unworthiness happens to be the canonical Orthodox Bishop and Metropolitan in this end region of Southeast Asia and for six years I try to properly respond, as much as I am capable of doing, to my most weighty episcopal duties.
As your Bishop and spiritual Father when I see the waves of separation, schism and heresy threatening my ecclesiastical Eparchy I have to take measures and no to remain neglectful and indifferent.
I regret to inform you that the following individual, who resides in Philippines,
pretends to be an Orthodox Monk and Clergyman, participates at the services of schismatic groups, creates new schismatic groups and thus he excommunicated himself and abandon the Orthodox Church-the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I consider him as stranger to the Body of the Orthodox Church and I inform you that he has no the right to call himself as “Orthodox Christian” and to participate in the Holy and Sacred Sacraments of the Orthodox Church.
If any laity or clergy join him he shall have no partnership with us or with the Orthodox Church in general. I pray for his repentance and his return to the Orthodox Church.
My beloved Brethren,
Beware also of all those who come to Philippines and try to do missionary work without the Hierarchical blessing of the Canonical Orthodox Metropolitan. Beware of those who come to you and preach and celebrate the Divine Liturgy without to have my written permission and blessing. Surely he is not excluding the missionaries from the Church of Antioch already in-country. Beware of those “who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but within are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15) Their purpose is to divide the Church and the Orthodox faithful as their motives are the destructive passion of the controlling spirit and the “virus” of ethnophyletism.
May the Lord Jesus Christ save you from the injuries of the adversary and keep you as a good seed for all kinds of virtues and keep you all in true faith with good works and obedience to your Canonical Bishop and to your Spiritual Mother, the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
of Hong Kong and South East Asia