Publications from schismatic or heretical sources
Posted 13 October 2010 - 09:05 PM
Posted 13 October 2010 - 10:43 PM
Posted 14 October 2010 - 02:37 AM
Sorry, I really didn't want my first posts to be negative. Since my original post finally apeared, could a moderator close this thread?
Posted 14 October 2010 - 10:55 AM
Regardless of the status of their church, a lot of the stuff Dormition Skete translates and publishes is solidly Orthodox material.
Posted 14 October 2010 - 12:25 PM
What I don't understand is how the Antiochians hire Abp Gregory to paint their churches and even promote his work by posting an interview with him on a parish's website. What were the editors of the Orthodox Study Bible thinking when they put his icons and name throughout the OSB?! This is what puzzles me, honestly, and not that people would buy their publications of service books and lives of saints.
The Great Synaxaristes and Menaion material from these sources is, as far as I can tell, free of schismatic propaganda and anything heretical (unless you consider HTM's expulsion of St. Augustine from its service books and lists of saints heretical). It is probably good to distinguish between purchasing solid Orthodox material from a questionable source and purchasing questionably Orthodox material from a questionable source. The questionable sources may publish some propaganda, and HTM is particularly good at putting out very good books with long intros and epilogues full of propaganda, but one can just as easily skip over this supplementary material. From the "canonical" sources, one can also find very questionable and even heretical material, and one should certainly avoid this as well.
Posted 14 October 2010 - 12:48 PM
Posted 14 October 2010 - 04:58 PM
Do we have any Patristic sources that addresses this issue? Is it right, Orthodox, to buy from schismatics?
Canon 33 of the Council of Laodicea says that we are not to join in prayer with heretics or schismatics (which many bishops ignore anyway), but to my knowledge there are no canons against purchasing items from schismatics.
Posted 14 October 2010 - 05:59 PM
Do you happen to know what church that was, and whether they had the icons redone? Just curious.
The icons in St. Catherine's were prepared and installed while Fr. Gregory was in communion with ROCOR. His works are in several other Orthodox churches in the Denver area. I am not aware of any of his works being installed in the area since he left ROCOR.
As is mentioned in post 19 Holy Trinity Monastery is the only source for several Orthodox items. I would suspect that probably most, if not all Orthodox churches in the English speaking world, use their edition of the Psalms.
I think that the question is whether one is furthering the cause of schismatics by one's action. Prayer would, I believe, be the way to decide.
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