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a year or more up to A.D. 2006. I rather think that we may
not get to print out "SPOTLIGHT" again very often; indeed it has been a
rare occurrence over the last few years. But articles continue to
turn up that I think worthy of wider circulation; and items of
news that need to be published. So I think we shall call this
file 2006 as it brings us up to that year, and begin to compile a 2007
file together with one for genuinely "Latest News"
VIISIT OF HIS EMINENCE
TO CANTERBURY AND DUNEDIN
Meeting on Friday at Diamond Harbour
Ordination on Saturday at
Patronal Festival at Ashley
Saturday, 9 9 06 at Greenpark Church: 9 am
Matins, 10 am LITURGY, with ordination of Keith Morrison as
12 noon hangi and pot-luck lunch in Memorial Hall; strategic mission
planning with His Eminence
NEW VENUE FOR CHRISTCHURCH
SERVICES WITH FR VICTOR
Serb tragedy needs epilogue
THE JAPAN TIMES
Friday, June 2,
2006 By JIRI DIENSTBIER
PRAGUE -- Serbia's long tragedy
looks like it is coming to an end. The death of Slobodan Milosevic has
just been followed by Montenegro's referendum on independence.
Independence for Kosovo, too, is inching closer.
The wars of
the Yugoslav succession have not only been a trial for the peoples of
that disintegrated country; they also raised huge questions about the
exercise of international justice.
international tribunals of the sort Milosevic faced before his death
promote or postpone serious self-reflection and reconciliation in
damaged societies? Do they strengthen or undermine the political
stability needed to rebuild wrecked communities and shattered economies?
on these questions is mixed. Indeed, the record of the International
War Crimes Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), based in The Hague,
may be instructive in judging the credibility of the strategy of using
such trials as part of the effort to end civil and other wars. In 13
years, the ICTY, with 1,200 employees, spent roughly $ 1.25 billion to
convict only a few dozen war criminals.
whereas members of all ethnic groups committed crimes, in its first
years, the ICTY indicted and prosecuted far more Serbs than others,
fueling a perception, even among opponents of Milosevic's regime, that
the tribunal was political and anti-Serbian.
We may regret
that Milosevic's own trial ended without a conclusion. But a conviction
only of Milosevic, however justified, without parallel penalties for
his Croat, Bosnian and Kosovo-Albanian counterparts would hardly have
contributed to serious self-reflection within the post-Yugoslav nations.
To be sure,
the arrest of Gen. Ante Gotovina, adored by many Croats as a hero, but
responsible for the brutal expulsion of a quarter-million Serbs from
Croatia and northwest Bosnia -- the biggest ethnic cleansing in Europe
since World War II -- improves the ICTY's standing. But Milosevic's
Croatian and Bosnian counterparts, Franjo Tudjman and Alija
Izetbegovic, respectively, remained unindicted when they died.
So, too, the
main commanders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK). Ramush Haradinaj,
the prime minister of Kosovo, was accused but later released from
I have always
been convinced that Milosevic should have been put on trial in
Belgrade. After all, Milosevic's critics and political rivals such as
the journalist Slavko Curuvija and Milosevic's former mentor, Ivan
Stambolic, were assassinated by Serb police agents, who also tried
three times to murder the opposition leader Vuk Draskovic. There was,
moreover, ample evidence of corruption among Milosevic's inner circle,
including members of his immediate family.
trial in Belgrade might have served better to catalyze a sober
examination of the past. The atmosphere was certainly favorable. The
majority of Serbs hold Milosevic responsible for the decline of their
his fall, the opposition controlled most big Serbian cities, and in
2000 he lost the election that he called to shore up his authority. The
relatively small turnout at his funeral confirmed that only a minority
of Serbs considers him a national hero.
with the exception of Slovenia, the democratic transformation in the
post-Yugoslav region remains uneasy. Wars, ethnic cleansing, embargoes
and sanctions created not only psychological traumas, but also black
markets, smuggling, large-scale corruption and de facto rule by mafias.
The bombing of Serbia by NATO in 1999 heavily damaged its economy, with
serious consequences for neighboring countries.
end of what remains of Yugoslavia may -- at least today -- pose no
danger of war, but the Muslim Sandjak region will now be divided by
state boundaries, and Albanian extremists, with their dreams of a
Greater Albania, believe their influence in a separate Montenegro will
be reinforced with a yes vote on independence.
Most Serbs and
Croats in Bosnia believe that the best solution to the problems of that
sad country would be to join the territories that they inhabit with
their "mother" countries.
Then there is
the unresolved status of Kosovo, where the Albanian majority demands
independence, and extremists threaten to fight for it. As one Kosovo
Liberation Army commander warned, "If we kill one KFOR soldier a day,
these cowards will leave."
independence, the extremists would gain a territorial base from which
to undermine Macedonia, southern Montenegro, and southern Serbia,
jeopardizing stability in the entire region.
offering Kosovo the formula "less than independence, more than
autonomy." It demands security guarantees for the Serbian minority and
cultural monuments, as well as control of the borders with Albania and
Macedonia to stop traffic in arms, drugs and women, and to prevent the
use of Kosovo by Albanian extremists.
of Kosovo's status is problematic, but the international community
should not repeat old mistakes. In 1991, the principle that only a
politically negotiated division of Yugoslavia would be recognized was
abandoned. Now, as then, a change of boundaries without the consent of
all concerned parties would not only violate international law, but
could also lead to violence.
international community must not be gulled into thinking that war-crime
trials marginalize, rather than mobilize, extremists and nationalists.
Pressure on Croatia and Serbia to arrest and hand over suspects -- a
condition of EU accession negotiations -- has yielded several
extraditions and may result in more. But further trials alone are
unlikely to bring about the long-term settlements that the region's
fragile states need in order to ensure stability and democratic
development. The people of the Balkans should feel that the EU offers
them political and economic support. They deserve it.
Jiri Dienstbier was foreign minister of
Czechoslovakia and special rapporteur of the UNHRC in the Balkans.
An ecumenical Communion Service
(High Mass) was held by the Anglican Vicar and
other Anglican and Protestant clergy at Ashley on Sunday June 4 at 3
pm, followed by afternoon
tea. Some 30-40 people were present and $32-00 collected. We hope
that it will help to raise the profile of the Church
LAUNCHING OF DIGITAL EDITION
I am grateful to all who over the last
years have expressed interest in my digital edition of the Divine
Office of the West, ("English Breviary) which in a photocopied version
has been used here at Ashley daily for the last 20 years and a little
more. This was finished in April.
The new edition has taken the opportunity to include
music, from the Ratisbon 1901 edition. It is now complete,
for correction of some errors which keep
appearing as it is used.
The main section counts 2099 pages, with XL pages of rubrics etc
ccc pages of the Common of Saints, etc.
The whole work is available for downloading in a series of MsWord
files, on this website, that is at:
I am pleased to say that interest has been shown in publishing it,
and I hope to hear now from my correspondent with a view to
plans. In the course of considering this I have become
commercial printers would prefer to deal with the unsplit files,
some of these are not yet displayed and will need a little
proof-reading to be ready.
The launching of
the digital edition of our Western Rite Office book will take
place at the Ministers' Association meeting here on Tuesday June 20.
Sext will be sung and some prayers. A booklet has been printed to give
to the clergy and the Committee as a memento. We are also planning to
make a little gift of the well-known late evening service of Compline
in commemoration of the completion of this new edition. We have
printed a sufficient number of copies both with and without music.
When I was an Anglican Deacon I
took tutorials from the then Vicar of S.
Michael's, Christchurch, Fr Cecil Gault, in celebrating Mass. From his
introductory remarks I remember something like: 'you should write in
the front cover of your Office Book: "the task of a priest is to love
God more each day.'" I have never thought myself very successsful
this, but recently I have picked up a CD of Austrian operettas in which
there is a song which with schmaltzy melody goes as follows:
Es muß was wunderbares
sein, It must be a wonderful thing
Von Dir geliebt zu
To be loved by Thee,
Well, that describes my experience of the Divine Office
over the years,
especially during some months in 1972 when we were all unable to go to
Communion (no longer Anglicans, and no Orthodox Liturgy available yet)
and had only the Office to support us. I remember how all our family
gathered in our sunroom in Dunedin to recite Lauds on Sunday mornings,
until I went to be ordained in Melbourne in September..
We had of course been taught in clergy training to
say the Office daily, and I remember a Saturday
Compline sermon at College House by the Revd David Taylor in which he
testified that he had never known a day when his father, the
Archdeacon, had failed to observe this duty, even when sick. I was much
impressed by this, and tried to follow that example, and it came to be
to me a sort of immersion in the Divine charity.
If I were asked to characterize this work, I would say that,
based as it is on the Latin Breviary of 1828, using Book of Common
Prayer English throughout, it could be regarded as the book which
C of E. authorities might have produced if the compilers had not had to
regard the illiteracy of many of the clergy in Latin and of many of the
laity in English on the one hand, and the pressure from continental
"reformers" on the other. It does not, however, attempt to follow
minor variations to be found in the Sarum documents and followed in the
BCP, as this has made
previous books unduly complex..
From time to time I have recited most or all of the Hours in this
work with people of quite limited education, who could read aloud, but
with some hesitation at times; and they apppeared to find it
If it is disregarded, I guess that it is more likely to be by
who regard themselves as too sophisticated to be able to learn from
sources going back to the earliest ages of Christianity.
I yield this work to almighty God who has spared me to complete
it, and to the christian world, with no stipulation at all as to how
those who download it may use it, and in the good hope that, as J
Newman said of his essay on the Articles, I having shown how it can be
done, others may come along and do it better.
Although the simplification and conflation
of the Offices into the Matins and Evensong of the English Prayer
represent a very sound framework for worship even in our day, as is
testified by their continued use, by hierarchical authority, in a
number of our parishes, it should be remembered that the Anglo-catholic
movement was a sort of pilgrimage towards an increasingly fuller
appropriation of the liturgical inheritance.That this became a
"Pilgrimage to Orthodoxy" is a cause for gratitude. But it is to be
expected that the liturgical pilgrimage will continue (not a detour
into the Eastern culture, but) into the complete Western culture. The
use by parishes of this Office as a source-book may be a means to this.
My own feeling is that eventually it may be found acceptable in the
worship of some parishes as a whole.
I must record my thanks, firstly to the Ashley Church Committee
for their patience in allowing us to make ourselves at home and to pray
in their Church for 20 years in spite of rather dismal numbers of
worshippers, (whether Orthodox or not); also for the Revd
Fr Dr I J
Nield who with his characteristic rigour urged me to make a
"proper book", and kept me at it; and to Dr S.
Tschipouras who began
the scanning for me. And to those who have
so kindly encouraged me over the last 4 years. The rest is all my
Our Deanery website now contains a number of articles
expanding on the thinking that has gone into our attempt to
exemplary pattern for involving English-speaking
people in the
wholeness of the historic christian inheritance, to which
visionary Church of Antioch has committed herself both in America and
now in a few other places. Follow the links.
MOSCOW - ROCOR REUNION
A report from:
May 20, 2006
KiM Info Newsletter 20-05-06
Russian Church Abroad Ruling Body Approves
Reunion With Moscow
The governing body of the Russian Orthodox
Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) voted Friday evening to reunite with
Moscow, signaling the end of an 80-year rift.
MOSCOW, May 20 (RIA Novosti)
The governing body of the Russian
Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) voted Friday evening to
reunite with Moscow, signaling the end of an 80-year rift.
A statement on the ROCOR Web site said the church's
Council of Bishops had approved an Act on Canonical Communion drafted
this week by the church's international conference, the All-Diaspora
Council held in San Francisco. The ROCOR will now join the Moscow
Patriarchate as a self-governed branch, similar to the Ukrainian
It will retain its autonomy in terms of pastoral,
educational, administrative, economic, property and secular issues.
The revolutions of 1917 and ensuing Civil War in
Russia caused a split in the Russian Orthodox Church in the 1920s, when
some top clergy in exile refused to be subordinated to Church leaders
who had allegedly collaborated with the Communists.
Metropolitan Laurus, the head of the ROCOR, visited
Russia in May 2004 and participated in a number of joint services. The
sides decided at the time to set up joint commissions, and determined
the range of issues to be discussed at the All-Diaspora Council, which
met for the first time since 1974.
The above article
is the first official announcement we have seen of the
reconciliation between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Church
Outside of Russia, although we have been seeing progress
reports for some time. It is appropriate that the Church of Serbia
should be announcing it first, since it gave so much help to
the exiles when they first arrived from Russia and has been
in close contact with them over the years. The news will no
doubt reach us before too long through our own
Patriarchate. Readers will be aware of the positive results that
can be expected here in the diaspora.
Normally the news items reaching us from the
KIM have concerned the very serious situation in Kosovo and
Metohija, as in the articles below.
Washington Times, May 9
By James "Ace" Lyons Jr.
Tuesday, 9 May 2006
Among the most
important priorities of U.S. global policy is combating the
international traffic in drugs and in persons (often a euphemism for
women and children forced into prostitution).
Because of the linkage and overlap among terrorist
networks and organized criminal gangs, the battle against trafficking
is also an integral part of the war on terror.
Fighting organized criminal activities is difficult
even in countries with a functioning legal system, honest police and
the rule of law. Think how much harder that would be when dealing with
an independent country where the authorities are an integral part of
the criminal enterprise.
Amazingly, that's what the international community
seems to want to help establish in the Serbian province of Kosovo. When
Kosovo was placed under United Nations administration and NATO military
control at the end of the 1999 war, some hoped the province soon would
meet at least minimum qualifications for some kind of independence, as
demanded by Muslim Albanians who greatly outnumber the remaining
That hasn't happened. Instead the drug, sex slave,
weapons, money-laundering, and other illicit trades that helped fuel
the conflicts of the 1990s have continued to grow. Just this month
Marek Antoni Nowicki, Poland's leading human-rights lawyer and the
U.N.'s international ombudsman for Kosovo until last year, denounced
the "real criminal state in power" in Kosovo, working right under the
nose of the U.N. and NATO. "Crime groups have been able to operate with
impunity," said Mr. Nowicki. "These networks can rely on the weakness
of the public institutions to sanction their operations." Mr. Nowicki's
charges came on the heels of a March 2006 report by the U.N.'s internal
watchdog agency, the Office of Internal Oversight, which found the head
of U.N. Mission -- who holds virtually dictatorial powers -- derelict
for ignoring fraud and other abuses at the airport in Kosovo's capital,
None of this
should come as any surprise. Even in 1999, when the Clinton
administration decided to take military action in support of the
so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), there were numerous and
credible intelligence and news reports of the KLA's criminal and
terrorist inclinations. Predictably, KLA veterans found even more
opportunity to ply their illicit trades when, ostensibly demobilized,
they were recruited by the UN into Kosovo's police, civil
administration, and quasi-military "Kosovo Protection Corps." The foxes
were asked to guard the chicken coop -- another U.N. fiasco.
As described in reports issued by the NATO
Parliamentary Assembly, criminal activity in Kosovo continues to be
closely tied to operations of the Albanian mafia across Europe, from
home bases in Kosovo and adjacent areas of Albania and Macedonia. For
example (from 2003): "According to the International Organization for
Migration and EUROPOL, the principal supplier countries [i.e., for
trafficked women] today are Moldova (up to 80 percent: many Moldovan
villages do not have any more women), Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine.
The networks used various routes, including the route that passes
through Kosovo, Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (see
the village of Veledze, the regional centre of prostitution) and
Montenegro, then through Italy. The Albanian mafia has set up a real
cartel on prostitution. It handles more than 65 percent of the
trafficking in women in the Balkans." From 2004: "In Kosovo, as many as
80 percent of internally trafficked victims are children."
The response of international bureaucrats to this
disgrace is predictable: ignore it and hope nobody notices. Or even
better, pretend all is going well, declare the mission a success -- and
hand power over to the criminals as the new sovereign "government."
If that happens, even the minimal interference in
the Kosovo-based gangs' operations will be removed. A criminal state
not seen since the defunct Taliban regime in Afghanistan will be set up
with easy proximity to the rest of Europe.
Such an outcome would make a mockery of some of the
United States' most important global security priorities. While the
international community desires some sort of "closure" to the ongoing
mess in Kosovo (and this is understandable), it is hard to think of a
supposed solution worse than independence. Seven years after the 1999
war, this is one Clinton legacy that demands urgent reconsideration.
James "Ace" Lyons Jr. is a retired
admiral in the U.S. Navy. He is a former commander-in-chief of the U.S.
Pacific Fleet (the largest single military command in the world),
senior U.S. military representative to the United Nations and as deputy
chief of Naval operations and was principal adviser on all Joint Chiefs
of Staff matters.
The Sunday Times, 11 April
Albanian gangs running Kosovo
Tom Walker, Pristina
11 April 2006
former Yugoslav province, is falling into the grip of Albanian
organised crime gangs, casting a shadow over attempts by the
international community to turn it into a fully fledged independent
state by the end of this year.
Participants in talks in Vienna, sponsored by
the UN, on the "final status" of Kosovo, are concerned that the mafia
networks that smuggled guns into the disputed province from Albania in
1997 and 98 are using the same channels for a burgeoning trade in
illicit petrol, cigarettes and cement. Prostitution and drugs are also
popular staples of the black economy.
The profits are ploughed into shopping centres
and hotels, which are going up as part of a building boom in the
province. Petrol stations are especially popular - there are more than
2000 of them catering for a population of two million.
Many are believed to be part of a
money-laundering racket, controlled by a few of the largest clan
families, involving oil smuggled in from Montenegro.
Despite attempts by the head of the UN mission
in Kosovo, Soren Jessen-Petersen, to downplay the extent of the
problem, UN officials admit the corruption extends deep into the heart
of the Kosovo Government.
"Crime groups have been able to operate with
impunity," said Marek Antoni Nowicki, Poland’s leading human rights
lawyer and the UN’s international ombudsman for Kosovo until last year.
"You have a criminal state in real power - it
needs underground illegal structures to supply it with everything to
"These networks can rely on the weakness of
the public institutions to sanction their operations."
The UN’s internal watchdog, the Office of
Internal Oversight, accused Mr Jessen-Petersen on Friday of turning a
blind eye to widespread fraud at Pristina airport. He said the report
was "entirely unwarranted".
Kosovo is still technically part of Serbia,
and Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica argues that Belgrade must
retain some form of control.
The fight against corruption is complicated by
the fact that the task is shared between different bodies of varying
degrees of competence.
"The aim is to keep the criminals under
control," Mr Nowicki said. "The question is: can the international
community do it? It is very doubtful."
has just dictated a
press release to the Rangiora reporter of the Christchurch Press:
behalf of the the Antiochian Orthodox Church in New Zealand I give
unreserved support to the Roman Catholic Church in New Zealand in its
reaction to yet another gratuitous insult to Our Lady, the blessed
Virgin Mary. The Theotokos and Mother of God is our Mother
too, as she is of all Christians. Our Church is quite small in New
Zealand, yet we want our Catholic brethren to know that we too find
this latest outrage cowardly and, to quote the expression of the late
C. S. Lewis, 'caddish'. We are grateful to have seen
the support from our Prime Minister and from
other faiths as well."
Jack, Dean for New Zealand,
Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese
of Australia and New New Zealand
We have seen no sign that any use was
made of this release by the NZPA
Where the Road runs out
research essays on the ecumenical
by Allan Davidson and Peter Lineham
published in September to coincide
with the final Forum of the Conference of Churches.
The volume is published by CCANZ and will
retail at $22.50. Friends of CCANZ can order one or more copies at the
Friends price of $17.50. The volume is 95 pages, including
The contents of the
volume are described in these words:
The Conference of
Churches in Aotearoa New Zealand faced important decisions at its
September 2004 Forum: should CCANZ continue its life until the
configuration of a new ecumenical body was known and endorsed?
Allan Davidson and Peter Lineham were invited to prepare research
presentations to assist the decision-making. Theologian Terry Wall was
asked to frame the discussion with theological reflection.
"Peter and Allan were asked
to be scholarly and provocative,” writes editor Garth Cant, “and they
succeeded magnificently on both counts”.
Allan Davidson provides a
history and overview of the ecumenical movement in New
Peter Lineham reflects on
the genesis and history of the Conference of Churches in Aotearoa New
Terry Wall uses the image of
the labyrinth to add: "is thhis the moment to reliquish control,
to discover God's future of visible unity, beckoning?"
On the basis of the above
advertisement I arranged to buy a copy for our Deanery @ $17.50, even
though the description above gave me to wonder whether anything new
would be found in it. I was pleasantly surprised. I recommend it to our
clergy and committed lay people, and wish to say that for the first
time it seems that the problems of the CCANZ have been faced
openly, and therefore we may hope that the Strategic Thinking Group (in
which as far as we know no Orthodox have been invited to join) may
engage with the issues which resulted in the withdrawal of the Roman
Catholics from the CCANZ and the falling-off of involvement by the
members Churches generally.
I have lent my copy (to
whom? please remind me) and so I shall not comment further until it
returns to me. What I want to do now is sketch out what seems to me to
be the probable outcome of the search for Christian Unity, in view of
the point that it has reached now, according to this book.
Forty years ago, the Roman Catholics had just begun to
engage in the Ecumenical Movement. Those who had been with it for some
time were at the end of a series of attempts to form national united
Churches according to modifications of the pattern of the Church of South India. The latest
such was under consideration in our country. In order to meet the
terms of the Lambeth Quadrilateral,
a method of adopting the historic
episcopate was proposed in which a mutual laying-on-of-hands
should reassure everyone, while humiliating no one. About this time, I
became deeply uneasy about this whole approach, and I must pay tribute
to Fr Maurice Flanagan, S.M., who visited the Guild of S. Mark in Christchurch
to warn us about what he saw as "grave dangers for the Church of
England" The depth of his ecumenism was revealed in the fact that he
prefaced his remarks "Dear Fathers"; and when I asked him in what
way the proposed united Church would be worse than the Anglican Church,
his reply began , as I remember, " a catholic church, with valid
orders" (at which point he was interrupted, to make sure we had heard
correctly) and he went on to say at length that this was greatly
preferable to what was proposed.
My personal pilgrimage as a result of this issue is another
matter. I was already of the view that the Unification of Ministries could
not possibly achieve its object. Others may have been of the same
opinion, for from about this time that whole approach began to be
abandoned. The General Synod in 1968 voted that Anglicans might receive
holy communion from non-episcopal Churches. Members of those churches
had been receiving Anglican holy communion for some years. This
decision was the immediate occasion for my seeking entry to the
Orthodox Communion. Which is another story.
At this point, it was tacitly decided that the "Apostolic
Succession" would not be insisted on. This meant that the
main point of the unity that was sought: sharing of
sacraments, could happen without further ado. It also meant that
one serious objection to the female priesthood which was also under
debate - namely doubt whether such ordination could be valid - could be
put to one side.
Forty years later, we can see that anyone who can accept
this "open" view of the "historic episcopate" is able to join in
a sacramentally united Church on that basis. A sign of this is
that the Episcopalians (Anglicans) and the Lutherans have agreed on
unity in the USA. The essential difference between Anglicans and
Lutherans hitherto had been that Anglicans preserved the
Succession on principle,
but some of the Lutherans (in Sweden) by chance. This difference is no
more. Anglicans are equivalent to Lutherans. This may be no bad thing -
the Lutherans have a logical turn of mind that would be good for the
Anglicans. What I foresee, and let us see if I am right, is that
one pool of "unity" will coalesce around Anglicans and Lutherans as
"mainline protestants". There is nothing to stop this
pool enlarging to include not only the present denominations involved
in union parishes, but anyone else who in principle feels able.
On the "evangelical" side
there is a growing pool of churches who feel affinity to each other,
but some unease about the "liberal" pool. It is clear that the new
strategy is hoping to explore how much this gap can be bridged.
We should wish this well, because if not all christians can be reduced
to one unity, a smaller
number of divisions is certainly an improvement. The
liberal protestants and the conservative
evangelicals, as far as we can see, do not have serious obstacles to
sharing sacraments. The separation is mental, and in some areas
still very deep. We shall see what progress can be made.
What about the "catholic" side? It is not our
business to speculate on differences among Roman Catholics as to the
direction their Church should take. It is well known that a number
think that they should move towards the "ecumenical" pool. At the
same time, the late Pope was deeply anxious to advance unity with
Orthodoxy. His successor, although he has made no visible new moves
yet, nevertheless expressed himself very extensively in writing and as
the late Pope's collaborator. One remark has been highlighted: we
have no right, he is reported to have said, to ask of the Orthodox
anything that they did not already hold to before 1054. The
significance of this remark (if it is accurately reported) is still
sinking in. One could say that we Orthodox may hope to find in it all
that we have ever asked for. One could also say that it may reflect the
fact that Pope Benedict comes from the same nation as the logical
Lutherans. Time will tell, no doubt. Meanwhile, we observe
continuing progress by the Catholics in reconciling the (former)
Nestorians, and the progress between ourselves and the Oriental
Orthodox. In the last matter discussion seems to be about whether we
are 99% there or 100%. Again, time will tell. It should be noted
that in this group, the concept of "Apostolic Succession" remains in
place, not only of the transmission of authority from Christ, but also
of the transmission of the holy tradition of faith and of worship. If
full unity is achieved here, it will be on the basis of that common
Early in the 20th century, Viscount Halifax wrote under the title
The Good Estate of the Catholic Church. He was, as is known, active in
the early Anglican-Roman Catholic unity meetings. In this booklet
he quoted a contemporary journalist as saying that the Church of
England had to make up its mind whether to aim seriously at reunion
with the Church of Rome, or at union with the protestant free churches.
He expressed his hope that there was no doubt what the answer should
be. If that good man still interests himself in our doings upon earth,
he will be much disappointed. One could say, even allowing for
many differences in scale and in parameters, that a similar choice is
on the mind of Roman Catholics, and already one can feel the waves
being made by the followers of each opinion. We Orthodox, in the minds
of this world's strategists, do not matter. All we can do is pray that
the will of God may be realised upon earth. It could, however, emerge
that the Orthodox Church after all has a fair fraction of
1,000,000,000 friends that it has not counted on
The drift of this review therefore is to suggest
on a broad view the ecumenical prospect is not all gloom; if all
christians are not melting into one, they are probably converging into
two or three.
Another point that ought to be made is this: it is often
observed that "ecumenism" began among the protestants. So it should
Nobody knows, I suppose, how many christian schisms there are in our
day, but it is beyond contradiction that they are many thousands, and
all but 4 of them: Orthodox, Catholic, Oriental, Nestorian, are
protestant. * Yet
the 4 are still the majority of christians in the
world. It could also be remarked that a lot of the energy
going into ecumenism is among English-speaking christians. And so
it should. For if you add to the 4 above another 3: Lutherans,
Calvinists and Anabaptists, you have all the divisions that were not
founded by the English and the Americans, and all but the first 4 date
from the 16th century or later. 1
So the reduction in divisions in the English
protestant world would certainly improve the reputation of christians
for unity, even if it did not touch the majority of christian
faithful in the world.
A rather long article in
response to End of the Road. But, it was worth responding
to; and perhaps, when it returns from loan, there will not be
much more to say.
- Fr Jack
the "Old Catholics" are said to be now indistinguishable from the
Anglicans. A matter for some sorrow, as they were very kind to me in
1 Yes, a few
have now been begun in Asia
and our part of the world, but based upon the divisions invented by the
In Praise of
By the Dean
I almost never buy the
Christchurch "Press" nowadays. That was not always so. When I was in
Dunedin I used to send a boy down the hill from S. Pauls's to the
Southern Cross Hotel to pick up a copy of the Press, rather than lend
any credibility to the "Otago Daily Lies" as I had learned to call
it. But soon after coming to Ashley, my devotion to the Press was
destroyed by three events: my descent into "holy poverty", the purchase
of the "Press" by Mr Rupert Murdoch, and my being chased by the
publican's dog when I tried to uplift my copy from his doorstep.
Over the last few years, however, we have been kindly given
day-old copies by our neighbours.
My attention was attracted last week by a vehement attack by the
Press on Mr Bruce Logan and his Maxim Institute for the terrible
crime of "plagiarism". I do not subscribe to Maxim either, and I
do not necessarily agree with all that it says, so I can only report
what I surmised from the attack: that in making certain arguments
against current radical campaigns, he had repeated the arguments of
people of similar views to his own without always quoting the source.
Now I am not saying that there is no such offence as plagiarism. I
wrote an MA thesis once, ages ago, and like everybody else I listed
carefully every quotation and its source; in the circumstances it was
not necessary to obtain copyright permission, as these were all
by way of commentary on the original author's work; which is deemed
acceptable. But some were quite long quotations, and padded my thesis
What does strike me is that the Press chooses to accuse Mr Logan of
plagiarism rather than attempting to refute his arguments, whether
original or quoted. I am not concerned as to whether it finds
refutation too hard; but the fact is that the Press does not say:"
These tired old arguments, rehashed from other authors, have already
been exploded many times, as follows: -"
No. The Press is more concerned with the fact of quotation than with
the truth or falsity of the content. How very curious. Why?
What seems to me likely is that the Press and all its people have been
educated in an academic milieu in which the
supreme virtue is deemed to be originality . For the last
300 years or so, European culture has centred around
the figure of the individual genius. The more a
great artist breaks with the preceding codes, and sets a
new code for others to follow, the more of a genius he is.
One can think of Leonardo Da Vinci, Shakespeare, Ludwig
van Beethoven, &c., who showed both originality and enormous
ability; Richard Wagner and Pablo Picasso who certainly
showed originality; not to speak of great scientists who in their
day overturned a great part of the accepted natural scientific theory.
It is perhaps understandable that originality has become something of
an obsession in our era. And if originality is the supreme virtue, than
the worst sin has to be --- plagiarism.
There is need of some sense of
proportion here. Actually there is far more in our culture that
is not original. If I were writing this in an entirely
original language, no one would understand a word (or, at least,
any group of words). We plagiarize whenever we speak or write.
Journalists seem to run competitions in originality:
if we can
abolish some prepositions this week: we shall no longer insist on,
nevertheless they are always copying each other with their
invented idioms which have to be so much better than those they replace
because more original.
mind that many of these
idioms go back in the European languages all the way to Sanskrit). Or
let us abolish definite articles,
especially of place names:
goodbye to The Ukraine today,
goodbye to The Rhine, The Thames, The Hague, The Waimakariri
Mr Logan himself has made a mild apology, but clearly does not think he
has committed a heinous crime such as the Press accuses him of. There
is a reason for this. The Press is the heir of the Enlightenment, the cult of
originality. Mr Logan, however, seems to be a christian. Now
christians do not make a virtue of originality, unless they choose to
be heretics. They know that originality is amost synonymous
with heresy. No, they make a virtue of plagiarism.
They are constantly quoting the holy Scriptures, whether the
words of Jesus Christ, or of His Apostles, or of the Old
Testament prophets and other writers, or of other holy Saints.
Their speech is full of plagiarism, for they know that this is the
safest way to be faithful to their dear Lord Jesus Christ and to
follow him and become like him.
I have an idea Mr Logan might be a Catholic, although I could be wrong.
If so, then, like the vast majority of Christians . that is, liturgical
Christians, Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Oriental,
Assyrian, then his prayer will be full of plagiarism too. The
Psalms, the Canticles, Hymns ancient and modern, and indeed
every part of the liturgies can be read out of a book if not repeated
from mermory. Even the many groups who eschew a printed liturgy join in
printed hymns or chorusses. Even in the places where there is a premium
on novelty and originality, the volume of "plagiarism" is only
slightly less. No, I think that the Press is not going to get
many apologies from Mr Logan's fellow-christians.
I have failed to find my copy of J H N Sullivan's "Beethoven" for my
final quotation, so it will have to be from memory. When that geat
unique and original genius set himself to write his second Mass, the
Missa Solennis in D, he made a note to himself to embark on a thorough
study of all christian and catholic music and liturgy first. When
had finished the work - many months late for the imperial occasion for
was intended - he wrote over the Kyrie
Herzen - möge es zum Herzen gehen" (from the heart -
may it go to the heart). In my judgment, he succeeded in going to the
I ask myself if he could have done so if he had lived in
our age and set himself a programme to study the originality (which is
nevertheless still very derivative) of the writers of the material that
appears on our pop charts.
- Fr Jack
The following article is one of very
many that I, and perhaps others of you, have been receiving for some
time, usually several each day, from this source. It is some
encouragement that the truth is beginning to be told at last. But
whether the world will take any notice is another question......until
the Albanians and their allies begin to take over more christian
Info Newsletter 17-10-05
Autonomy, Less than Independence -- A Fair Offer
By Sanda Raskovic-Ivic,
president of the Serbian government's Coordinating Center for Kosovo
announcement of the start of negotiations on the final status of Kosovo
is reminiscent of some kind of post-war peace conference. This
conclusion is bolstered by the actual situation on the ground,
especially the living conditions faced by Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija.
Serbs enjoy freedom of movement and
decent lives in general only in areas where they constitute an absolute
majority, such as in the north of city of Kosovska Mitrovica. Their
enclaves are like ghettos or maybe modern-day concentration camps.
There, they have to live on handouts since they are not allowed to farm
their fields or enter the forests. They are not allowed to work for a
living and every time they venture outside of their enclaves they risk
being attacked or shot at.
Only a handful of Serbs are still living
in urban areas such as Pristina, Pec, and Prizren. Some of them have
been unable to leave their homes or apartments for years out of fear
that Albanians will attack them if they go out into the streets.
The final status of Kosovo is going to
be discussed in this kind of situation, five years after the
international community bombed our country, a move it justified as
necessary because of Albanians being terrorized. Unfortunately, the
same people have not displayed a fraction of such concern in the last
five years for Serbs exposed to terror in Kosovo and Metohija.
The uniformed could say that this puts
the Serb side in a better negotiating position and that the Albanians,
as those to blame for five years of continuous terror against the
Serbs, are not to be commended for what they have done. Unfortunately,
the fact remains that such reasoning applies only to other nations.
Sadly, Serbs are still a people to whom the principles of international
humanitarian law do not apply. This might be a painful and brutal
statement, but it is true.
The Serb side, and when I say this I
mean both Belgrade and the Kosovo Serbs, advocates a peaceful solution
to the problem and the introduction of a formula that will bring
lasting peace to Kosovo and the entire region. I would like to recall
the fact that armed conflict began in Kosovo in 1997 when the Albanian
side launched an armed insurrection, ambushing police and military
forces and abducting Serb civilians. This unquestionable fact has
unjustifiably and inexplicably been forgotten.
political parties are in power in Belgrade. The Serbian cabinet has
been given the green light for negotiations on EU membership, reforms
are proceeding at a faster rate than in any other country that has been
through or is going through transition. All of this lends Belgrade
additional credibility in securing support for its more than autonomy,
less than independence policy.
offer as contained in this
proposition is more than fair. It is a major compromise for the Serb
side. We cannot and will not consent to anything more than that. We are
offering the Albanians the opportunity to organize their lives in
Kosovo and Metohija as they see fit, to pass their own laws, have their
own legislature, a president, the highest level of autonomy, and strong
decentralization. Kosovo would have many elements of statehood, but it
would never get outright independence. It is a part of our territory
and that we are not willing to negotiate.
the province down to the
smallest possible territorial unit is one of the conditions that has to
be met for Serbs to remain in the province. That does not mean
fragmentation on an ethnic basis irrespective of the cost, but is
rather a matter of survival for Serbs inhabiting Kosovo and Metohija.
It is my
firm belief that Serbia will
never have a government that is prepared to consent in writing to the
secession of Kosovo and Metohija, and some of the proposals coming from
abroad are essentially asking for that.
no conditions for
independence. Independence is independence. The next degree before
independence is autonomy, in this case autonomy within Serbia. If
Kosovo becomes independent, even on a limited basis, that would make it
independent of the state to which it previously belonged. In this case
that means independent of Serbia.
Metohija cannot exist as an
independent whole, let alone a state, because Serbia's southern
province shares a border with Albania, which, like Kosovo, is largely
populated by Albanians. There would be two Albanian states side by
side. I wonder who would stop them for uniting and what they would do
to stop that from happening.
Modern history knows no example of a
country abandoning a part of its territory to satisfy the appetite of a
group desiring that territory.
Without the written consent of Belgrade,
any solution dealing with the status of Kosovo will not be a lasting
one and will not contribute to stabilization in Serbia and the
entire region. On the contrary, it will fuel new tensions and any
precedent could cause a chain reaction that would not be limited to the
Balkans. I am referring to southern Serbia, Macedonia, Greece,
Republika Srpska, the Serb question in Croatia, and possible reactions
even in some countries of the EU.
Despite the fact that Kai Eide's report
is more than a little contradictory -- it says that the situation is
not good, that the standards have not been met, yet recommends the
beginning of status talks -- I want to believe in the goodwill of Eide
and that part of the international community that is seeking the urgent
start of negotiations on Kosovo's future.
These talks will bring no good if they
are based on shuttle diplomacy only. We have to sit at the negotiating
table, expounding our arguments in regard to every problematic issue in
a sober and unlimited debate. Believe me, our arguments are extremely
In other words, work on achieving the
standards should continue, as should the decentralization process in
Kosovo and Metohija, together with efforts to find a compromise for the
future status of Kosovo and Metohija.
BAPTISM AND WEDDING AT ASHLEY
Etenauna Morrison had their daughter Catherine baptized and
their marriage blessed in Church on October 2.
Here are a few photos that Mother Julia took:
VISIT OF METROPOLITAN PAUL
ORDINATION OF DEACON MAX
Our Metropolitan Archbishop came
to Christchurch on Friday, March 25 for a clergy symposium for NZ,
which was also attended by numerous members of the Canterbury missions.
During this weekend he ordained Max Athanasius Perkins as Deacon at a
Liturgy at 9 am on Saturday 26. He also presided at Fr Victor's regular
Sunday Liturgy at 10 am on the 27th, the second Sunday in Lent. Fr Jack
was afflicted with a most awful cold and had to miss the Friday
evening, and was able only to sit at the back for the other services.
This had the remarkable result of allowing him to observe how perfectly
everyone managed without his assistance; which bodes well for the
future. Unfortunately Howick, Auckland was not able to be represented,
but Wellington and Dunedin were.
The following pix were taken by Fr
Jack, Mother Julia, and Fr Victor:
was within sight of PEETO and a short
The Church Committee found itself able a few months ago to commit
funds for the repair of the
And Mother Julia has finished the fourth
fabric, including the West window (plain green) and for the
painting. Mother Julia chose the
entrance to the choir; S. Simon and S.
paint colours which met with the approval of the Committee and have
many favourable comments be found among
available on the Internet, so were
in the weeks since the work was
outlined and assembled and painted from what was there.