Metropolitan Hilarion’s strong words against the New Calendar

by Andrea Elizabeth

“His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral) of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia” had the following to say when asked in this interview about relations between the OCA and the Russian Church Abroad,

We would like to improve relations with the Orthodox Church in America, so our Synod of Bishops appointed a commission comprised of several clergymen who, we hope, will meet with a similar commission representing the OCA in order to study our common history. We must determine why divisions occurred, how we can restore Eucharistic communion. Nonetheless, we do not intend on merging with the Orthodox Church in America, only establish brotherly, prayerful relations. For many in our Church Abroad, the new calendar, which the OCA adopted, is unacceptable. This is a painful question, because many of our clergymen and laypersons would not wish to participate in a service where ecclesio-liturgical order is violated. So there are things that need to be discussed.

We welcome the election of the new head of the OCA, Metropolitan Jonah, who is known for his piety, he loves the old calendar, he loves order in the Church. So we hope that good relations with the Orthodox Church in America can be established. [bold mine]

I am surprised though that he says that the goal is to “restore Eucharistic communion” given that I, under the OCA, have been invited to commune at my nearest ROCOR parish after a recent confession with my own priest. The Old Believer Church in Erie’s position was that we could commune after confession with their Priest.