Listen up everyone.
Since last Friday, over 10 internet forums and blogs have announced that ROCOR Western rite was officially shut down by that ukaze (decree).
Most of the actual ROCOR WR priests upon initial reading of decree, especially point #8, also immediately thought that it ment that the WR was suppressed.
Even our favorite announcer John Maddox of Ancient Faith Radio on their special program "Correcting a Canonical Anomaly (One Bishop per city)" http://audio.ancientfaith.com/interviews/afp_2013-07-19.mp3
announced that ROCOR had stopped its western rite.
Rev. Fr. David Straut, I dearly respect you and pray for you and all ROCOR along with His Grace Met. Hilarion. Yet we wonder who is responsible for the wording of a decree in a way that misleads people?
I suggest that there be official an apology for a wording that nearly everyone was mislead by. I know it was not intentional but it has occurred. Too many people are upset and hurt by it.
Numerous ROCOR WR missions and parishes have now lost people who were interested in them.
Someone needs to admit a mistake was made in the wording.
You have everything to gain if someone does and everything to lose if someone does not.
If ROCOR does not clean up it's act, I do not think it's WR will have a future for growth for many years to come. That is my honest opinion.
I sincerely believe in the concept and knew many people within the ROCOR WR. I witnessed a miraculous Icon at one of it's Churches. I know much holiness was there, despite whatever problems also were there. I deeply hope ROCOR WR succeeds and survives. No other church on earth allowed the ancient Sarum use Roman Mass and Office in both Latin and English to be celebrated again fully as a living tradition within Orthodoxy. (Compare that to the recent Roman Catholic Anglican use ordinariate decision made that writes off revival of the sarum use as antiquarian nonsense that is irrelevant to the current day anglican/english catholic patrimony.)
8 All mine enemies whispered against me; even against me did they imagine this evil.
9 They spread a slanderous word against me, Now that he sleepeth, he shall not rise up again.
10 Yea, even mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, who did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
11 But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon me, and raise me up, and I shall pay them back.
12 By this I know Thou favorest me, that mine enemy doth not triumph against me.
13 But Thou hast taken my side by reason of my innocence, and hast established me before Thee for ever.
14 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting. So be it. So be it.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be
even unto ages of ages. Amen