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Vassula Ryden Excommunicated


Oct 24, 2009
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Northeast United States
John Larocque said:
The church in Cyprus weighs in.


Synodical Committee for Matters of Heresy
Holy Archdiocese of Cyprus
13 January 2012.

Topic: The heretical positions of Vassiliki (Vassula) Pendakis-Ryden.

Over the last few days Vassula Ryden has been appearing in the media, giving lectures and trying to come into contact with bishops and priests, giving the impression that she presents and teaches the Orthodox Christian faith. In reality, her teachings are heretical, and her claims that she communicates directly with Christ are fantastical and outside of the spirit of the experience of the our Church.

Seeing that she tries, not only in Cyprus, to present herself as Orthodox and that she possesses certificates of Orthodoxy from bishops, we cite the Ecumenical Patriarchate's explicit announcement regarding this matter
Meanwhile, she's launched a lawsuit against a website which reported that she had been excommunicated by the Ecumenical Patriarch.


Her lawyers:

"Even if the Patriarchate has indeed asked Mrs Ryden to cease her activities among the orthodox community, one has to admit that Mrs Ryden has submitted to the Patriarchate's will. Indeed, since the Patriarchate's communication, Mrs Ryden has only participated in conferences that took place exclusively in northern Europe, where the Orthodox Church is almost absent. Nothing impedes Mrs Ryden from meeting Catholic or Protestant faithful. It therefore results that this "choice of a schismatic nature" is a strict obedience to the Patriarchate's requests."
As a lawyer, that one made me gag. So, choosing to become a 'schismatic' thereby removing you from the community from which you came, no longer automatically 'excommunicates' oneself from the Church? There is a whole lot of sophistic scholastic 'thought' in that claim not to mention audacity. Wow.