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Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus. Outside the Church there is no salvation, because salvation is the Church. For salvation is the revelation of the way for everyone who believes in Christ's name. This revelation is to be found only in the Church. In the Church, as in the Body of Christ, in its theanthropic organism, the mystery of incarnation, the mystery of the "two natures," indissolubly united, is continually accomplished. -Fr. Georges Florovsky


§ 20. For our faith, brethren, is not of men nor by man, but by revelation of Jesus Christ, which the divine Apostles preached, the holy Ecumenical Councils confirmed, the greatest and wisest teachers of the world handed down in succession, and the shed blood of the holy martyrs ratified. Let us hold fast to the confession which we have received unadulterated from such men, turning away from every novelty as a suggestion of the devil. He that accepts a novelty reproaches with deficiency the preached Orthodox Faith. But that Faith has long ago been sealed in completeness, not to admit of diminution or increase, or any change whatever; and he who dares to do, or advise, or think of such a thing has already denied the faith of Christ, has already of his own accord been struck with an eternal anathema, for blaspheming the Holy Ghost as not having spoken fully in the Scriptures and through the Ecumenical Councils. This fearful anathema, brethren and sons beloved in Christ, we do not pronounce today, but our Savior first pronounced it (Matt. xii. 32): Whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. St. Paul pronounced the same anathema (Gal. i. 6): I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another Gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you, than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. This same anathema the Seven Ecumenical Councils and the whole choir of God-serving fathers pronounced. All, therefore, innovating, either by heresy or schism, have voluntarily clothed themselves, according to the Psalm (cix. 18), ("with a curse as with a garment,") whether they be Popes, or Patriarchs, or Clergy, or Laity; nay, if any one, though an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Thus our wise fathers, obedient to the soul-saving words of St. Paul, were established firm and steadfast in the faith handed down unbrokenly to them, and preserved it unchanged and uncontaminate in the midst of so many heresies, and have delivered it to us pure and undefiled, as it came pure from the mouth of the first servants of the Word. Let us, too, thus wise, transmit it, pure as we have received it, to coming generations, altering nothing, that they may be, as we are, full of confidence, and with nothing to be ashamed of when speaking of the faith of their forefathers. - Encyclical of the Holy Eastern Patriarchs of 1848

За ВѢру Царя И Отечество

За ВѢру Царя И Отечество
«Кто еси мимо грядый о нас невѣдущиiй, Елицы здѣ естесмо положены сущи, Понеже нам страсть и смерть повѣлѣ молчати, Сей камень возопiетъ о насъ ти вѣщати, И за правду и вѣрность къ Монарсѣ нашу Страданiя и смерти испiймо чашу, Злуданьем Мазепы, всевѣчно правы, Посѣченны зоставше топоромъ во главы; Почиваемъ въ семъ мѣстѣ Матери Владычнѣ, Подающiя всѣмъ своимъ рабомъ животь вѣчный. Року 1708, мѣсяца iюля 15 дня, посѣчены средь Обозу войсковаго, за Бѣлою Церковiю на Борщаговцѣ и Ковшевомъ, благородный Василiй Кочубей, судiя генеральный; Iоаннъ Искра, полковникъ полтавскiй. Привезены же тѣла ихъ iюля 17 въ Кiевъ и того жъ дня въ обители святой Печерской на семъ мѣстѣ погребены».

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Yanukovich dismisses commission on Ukraine’s accession to NATO

Yanukovich dismisses commission on Ukraine’s accession to NATO

03.04.2010, 20.00

KIEV, April 3 (Itar-Tass) -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has dismissed an inter-agency commission on the preparation of Ukraine’s accession to NATO.

The president signed the relevant decree on April 2. Its text was posted on the presidential website on Saturday.

Another decree dissolved the national centre for Euro-Atlantic integration and relieved Vladimir Gorbulin from the duties of its acting chairman.

The new Ukrainian leadership has repeatedly said that the country’s accession to NATO was not on the agenda. At the same time, official Kiev plans to maintain the present level of cooperation with the alliance.

The inter-agency commission on the preparation of Ukraine’s accession to NATO and the national centre for Euro-Atlantic integration were created in 2006 under President Viktor Yushchenko.

Yanukovich had earlier confirmed that Kiev would continue all cooperation programmes with NATO and reiterated continuity of his policy in regard of NATO.

“Ukraine will fulfil all of the earlier agreements and implement partnership programmes with NATO,” he said.

NATO, too, is committed to active work with the new leadership of Ukraine, Acting Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy Robert Simmons said during his latest visit to Kiev.

NATO spokesman James Appathurai said that the alliance would support political transformations in Ukraine, help with military reform and facilitate further integration.

He also confirmed that the decision adopted at NATO’s Bucharest Summit remained in force. In April 2008, the leaders of 26 NATO member states made a political statement, in which they said that Ukraine and Georgia would become NATO members with time.

At the same time, Appathurai stressed that the issue of accession to NATO should be decided by the people of Ukraine.

Yanukovich said earlier that Ukraine’s accession to NATO was not on the current agenda.

“The question of Ukraine’s accession to NATO is not on the agenda now. We have already answered this question. Ukraine is interested to develop the collective European security system project,” Yanukovich said.

“We are ready to participate in it and support [Russian] President Dmitry Medvedev’s initiative, which by the way has been supported by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. And we are ready to join in,” Yanukovich said.

However, the alliance’s Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen confirmed that the decision to admit Ukraine and Georgia to NATO remained in effect.

He said that the decision had been made in 2008 and required Ukraine and Georgia to meet certain membership criteria, which they had so far not done.

NATO will assess in December the progress reached by Ukraine and Georgia on the way towards a membership action plan (MAP).

Earlier, Ukraine had completed drafting the annual programme of cooperation with NATO and sent it to the alliance for consideration.

“This programme reflects our readiness to carry out reforms in order to meet NATO standards,” incumbent Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said.

Speaking at a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Inter-Parliamentary Council in Kiev last spring, NATO Parliamentary Assembly Vice President Assen Agov said the Bucharest Summit had demonstrated the support of many NATO member states to the idea of admitting Ukraine to NATO.

However in order to become a NATO member, Ukraine should intensify democratic reforms, he said.

Ukrainian leaders should also convince the people that cooperation with NATO would benefit their country, Agov said.

NATO's then Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer did not say when Ukraine and Georgia might be admitted to the alliance.

He said it was not possible to answer this question because the decision would depend on the 28 NATO member states.

According to Scheffer, the NATO Council at its ministerial meeting admitted that Ukraine and Georgia would not become members of the alliance any time soon.

At their meeting in Brussels in December, the NATO foreign ministers denied membership action plans (MAP) to Ukraine and Georgia.

At the NATO summit in Bucharest on April 2-4, 2008, twenty-six NATO countries refused to give the Membership Action Plan to Ukraine and Georgia. The plan is a key stage in preparations for NATO membership. Instead, the NATO leaders made a political statement, saying that Ukraine and Georgia would be admitted to the alliance with time. The stumbling block is how to interpret "with time". While Kiev, Tbilisi, Washington and all Baltic countries believe it means "several years", most West European member countries say it's not less than a decade.

Yushchenko said then that the question of Ukraine's accession to NATO would be decided in a nationwide referendum.

“The decision on NATO membership will be made in a referendum. But time has to pass so that people could learn more about the North Atlantic Alliance,” he said.

When Ukraine is invited to join the alliance, the people of Ukraine will then announced its decision in a referendum, he said.

Yushchenko said that there was no alternative to NATO membership for his country.

“Ukraine has no alternative to accession to NATO as a system of collective security,” he said, adding however that “the referendum must not be rushed”.


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