“Coping” with Being United to a Heretical Pope? Also, a Brief Response to Eastern Orthodoxy’s Invitation from its Aggressive Apologists


UPDATE (11/17/2020) – Recently, a certain “Nicholas” of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has published an article with a plea to traditional Roman Catholics to make an exodus out of Catholicism and into the Eastern Orthodox Church. In this article, he demonstrates falling into the same illusion that I described in the article below. He fits the description of the title of this article as an aggressive apologist for Orthodoxy to Roman Catholics. I appreciate his desire to spare Catholics of the painful situation that we are in right now with the current Pontificate of Pope Francis and his very left-leaning regime in the hierarchy, but Nicholas’s saving balm, namely, to join the Orthodox, is not proving to be a workable solution for Catholics who meditate in foresight of what being Orthodox would look like. Not only does he make some basic mistakes on Catholic theology (i.e. he thinks Catholics believe the Pope can change doctrine by his lawful use of authority), but he also tries to reinforce his apologia for the “indestructible” unity of the Orthodox Church by citing a certain Western rite Orthodox priest (a convert from Roman Catholicism) Fr. Victor Novak. Fr. Novak was considered an ardent defender of the Orthodox Church under the omophorion of Metropolitan Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, but is he still in good standing? His parish, Holy Cross, who presents its heritage as the “Celtic Church in Britain,” is no longer recognized on the official website for the Western rite parishes for RoCoR. I’ve contacted the proper authority and have received confirmation of Fr. Novak’s uncanonical status, but it seems altogether ironic how this “Nicholas” of GOA (under Archbishop Elpidophorus, who is closely tied to the man he accuses of “heresy,” Patriarch Bartholomew) is citing a Fr. Novak, a priest who seems to be unrecognized by even the Russian Orthodox Church. How does that help his message of triumph for the Orthodox Church’s unity and functioning status? Is it the case that the Orthodox find strength for the veracity of their communion by its ability to continually break off with a wider Church when the wider Church “goes off the rails?”

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