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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Latin Priest in Moscow Resigns

Fr. Andreas Jezierski was active for years in the city of Moscow, celebrating the Tridentine use of the Roman rite in Latin in his chapel there. Fr. Andreas was a married priest aligned, as a temporary measure, with an unrecognised jurisdiction, until such time as he might make his home within the Patriarchate of the Russian Church. Fr. Andreas also had corresponded with Abp. Hilarion of Sydney, of the Russian Church Abroad, regarding the possibility of Western rite parish work in Australia.

Hieromonk Benedikt (Schneider) of the Russian Patriarchate confirmed, on Oct. 15, 2008, that Fr. Andreas has resigned and is no longer active in the ministry. His Latin-language website at http://www.latina.ru, which had explained his efforts, has been dismantled. Fr. Andreas, when yet active, did raise the interesting question of whether the use of Latin in Western rite services may have a place in the pastoral outreach of the Orthodox Church to Western people.

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