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My dear Christians,

I am writing these words to inform you where our Church is lately, because most people are not informed by their shepherds.

Fr. Emmanuel

Our Church leaders, prelates of different titles (patriarchs, archbishops, metropolitans and bishops) have abandoned the faith of our Fathers.

This was shown more openly at the so-called Synod of Crete in June 2016. In one of its texts this pseudo-Synod recognized the existence of other Churches besides the Orthodox Church. We believe that God’s Church is only one, and this is the Orthodox Church.

Four Autocephalous (independent) Orthodox Churches did not participate in this pseudo-Synod of Crete, while two of these, the Churches of Bulgaria and Georgia, condemned its decisions. The Orthodox Church is being torn in two.

The worst is that our Patriarch and all the bishops that follow him want to unite with those other “Churches,” without first being united in the same faith. This would mean that the struggles of our Fathers were in vain.

According to our Patriarch, the differences that exist between us, which the Holy Synods of the Church have condemned, no longer prevent us from uniting.


It is no longer allowed to call those who are outside the Orthodox Church “heretics” and “schismatics.” To them, there are no more schisms and heresies; anyone from any tradition and form of worship is in the Church of Christ.

The Patriarch has given the directive to no longer receive those Christians who want to become Orthodox through baptism, because, he says, since they are baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity they have a valid baptism. For us there are no Sacraments outside the Church.

They recognize the aero-baptism that is performed even by non-Christians, and fiercely hunt down priests who dare to baptize converts. They allow marriages with non-Orthodox, without requiring them to become Orthodox.

They say that we should not let minor differences divide us, we should no longer insist in dogmas that became the reason we are divided and remain separated, and that we should be united in love.

Were the struggles of our Fathers, who kept our faith in the Holy Trinity and in our Christ pure and undefiled, in vain? “We have gone beyond them,” they would reply, “because we have more love than they had.”

We, my dear Christians, must follow the faith of our Fathers: of Saint Nektarios, of the holy Elder Paisios, of Saint Justin the New and of all the Saints, whose teachings are not followed by our Patriarch and by all the bishops in America.

What do we need to do

  • Courageously resist our ecumenist Bishops
  • Priests who want to remain Orthodox need to stop commemorating them
  • Start following an Orthodox Bishop
  • Stand behind our priests

Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Orthodox Priest
(727) 698-3400

Article graphics and editing: Tony Hatzidakis


  • Dimitrios Hatzinikolaou11 March 2017

    I disagree with the sentence: “To them, there are no more schisms and heresies.” In fact, the ecumenists do claim that there is one group of people who do not belong to the Church: the true Orthodox Christians who have disrupted ecclesiastic communion with the ecumenists.

    • Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis18 March 2017

      Dear Dimitrios,

      I stand corrected. I do say so emphatically in a future extensive post.
      Thanks for your input.

  • Athanasios Boeker19 March 2017

    I totally agree!

  • Maximus19 March 2017

    Fr. bless!

    I rejoice that we are able to comment and interact with you again! I’ve become more disappointed with the pervasive silent collusion amongst the non-ecumenist hierarchs. To say and do next to nothing while the House of God is being destroyed from within by those in error is a grievous fall. At least the ecumenists act according to their beliefs. Most anti-ecumenist bishops do nothing to oppose them. They say they don’t want a schism but let someone intrude upon diocesan property or money and no one is worried about a schism then.

    I attempted to call the Georgians nearest to me and it was a bishop’s number apparently. I was told to never, ever call them again. I apologized for bothering them and tried to explain my reason for calling but no avail. I’m faced with ecumenism, phyletism and apathy as far my “canonical” Orthodox options. My confessor forbade me to visit a GOC parish and I trust him emphatically, but I am tempted to disobey. Lord, illumine our paths.

  • Isidora05 August 2017

    The Moscow Patriarchate has just issued a new catechism which has a final chapter condemning anyone accusing the ecumenists of heresy. The church of World Orthodoxy has adopted the papal model in which the official patriarchs are the “church” and the traditions, canons, liturgies, and even dogmas are merely something for them to twist or ignore. St Ignatius Brianchaninov said the Church was trying to use secular means to preserve itself and that its fall would be sudden and devastating. He also said that our “weak hand” would be unable to stop it; that it would be all we could do to save ourselves. The Apostasy must come, but like Judas, woe to those through whom it comes.

    It is so hard to discern what to do. By attending and donating to a World Orthodoxy church I feel that I am enabling their Apostasy, but they have me afraid to break and go to the “noncanonical” (according to them) bishops. I am thinking maybe my prayers should be for the unity of the True Orthodox, as their present disunity is the only mark against them.

  • Nikolaos Angelidis31 August 2017

    The Church, e.g. the Body of Christ, never loses Her unity.
    The issue is: Are we part of Her? According to our beliefs (faith) and our deeds, do we belong to His Body?

    Do we repent as He wants? If yes, when our faith is at stake, we will be able to immediately act upon this threat as He wills, e.g. successfully, towards salvation.
    …and we will find rest for our souls.

    Stay put and be spiritually careful, in prayer.

    God bless us all.
    Nikolaos, Thessaloniki, Greece.

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