Statement of Fr. David Hewko regarding Ambrose Moran and OLMC

Praise be to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph on this Feast of the Holy Family!

 

“Dear Faithful, we must pray! We all suffer in this diabolical disorientation that Our Lady of Fatima warned about affecting the entire Church. Regarding Bp. Ambrose Moran, I notified Fr. Pfeiffer that if OLMC has not disassociated publicly from him within a week, I will be obliged to leave. For many reasons this is a dead end. Please offer your Rosaries to Our Blessed Mother for Her intercession!”
[Received from Fr. David Hewko, January 13, 2019]

 

Source


Excommunicated Latae Sententiae?

According to Ambrose Moran in the following video, I have excommunicated myself because I have “insulted, slandered, and attacked a bishop”.  I suppose he means that I have incurred the penalty of excommunication latae sententiae (i.e., ipso facto or automatically).  Yet, Ambrose Moran does not cite one canon of the 1917 Code of Canon Law (or even the 1983 Code for that matter) to support his claim.  Instead, he uses general terms such as “most ancient canons of the Church” or “the canons of the Holy Apostles”.  If one is to make such a claim, then please back it up with specific canons of the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law.  Otherwise, such a claim cannot be taken seriously.

 


Ambrose Moran and Sacrilege Alert

Even if a Catholic accepts that Ambrose Moran, who claims to be a Catholic, was consecrated a bishop by an Orthodox bishop and not by a Catholic bishop, he must keep in mind that when it comes to individual cases, he must take the safest approach before receiving the sacraments from him lest he commits the sin of sacrilege.  I wrote about the validity of Orthodox orders here.  In summary of that post, Ambrose Moran’s consecration by an Orthodox bishop must be investigated by the competent Church authorities to determine the validity of that consecration.  Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer is not a competent authority to conduct such an investigation, especially given that he has a vested interested in proving that Ambrose Moran’s consecration was indeed valid.  No. Until the competent Church authorities investigate the case of Ambrose Moran, if they ever do, a Catholic must treat Ambrose Moran as a layman.

 

The September 2007 issue of The Angelus has a good article on page 27 titled “Ought Priests of the Conciliar Church to Be ‘Re-ordained’ When They Come to Tradition”.  The portion of that article that applies to this post is #2, which reads as such:

 

 

Therefore, even if a Catholic believes that a sacrament is probably valid, he must not receive that sacrament.  Otherwise, he commits a sacrilege.  One must have a moral certitude that the sacrament is valid before receiving it.  Since Ambrose Moran was ordained and consecrated by an Orthodox bishop(s) and not by a Catholic bishop, one cannot have a moral certitude regarding the validity of his priestly or episcopal orders.  Therefore, one must not receive the sacraments from him unless the competent Church authorities investigate and determine that his orders are indeed valid.


More on Ambrose Moran and the Genuine Orthodox Church of America

“To Archbishop Gregory of Denver, and to whom it may concern:

 

I, Archbishop Ambrose (Moran), by this instrument and by my signature affixed hereto, renounce and condemn the heresy of Ecumenism, and in accordance with the 1983 Anathema¹ issued by the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad under Metropolitan Philaret, which is presented herein below, I also anathematize those who profess this heresy: To those who attack the Church of Christ by teaching that Christ‘s Church is divided into so-called ‘branches‘ which differ in doctrine and way of life, or that the Church does not exist visibly, but will be formed in the future when all ‘branches‘ or sects or denominations, and even religions will be united into one body, and who do not distinguish the priesthood and Mysteries of the Church from those of the heretics, but say that the baptism and eucharist of heretics is effectual for salvation; therefore, to those who knowingly have communion with these aforementioned heretics, or who advocate, disseminate, or defend their new heresy of Ecumenism under the pretext of brotherly love or the supposed unification of separated Christians, Anathema.”

 

Signed: +Archbishop Ambrose, stamped with his seal.

 

Dated: October 17/30, 2007.

 

Source: https://www.archbishopgregory.info/chapter_41_reception_ab_ambrose.shtml

 

 

This is allegedly what Ambrose Moran wrote to Archbishop Gregory of the Genuine Orthodox Church of America in October 2007 when Ambrose Moran was seeking to join him. More can be read about Ambrose Moran’s time with Archbishop Gregory, as narrated by Archbishop Gregory, at the following link:

 

https://www.gocamerica.org/history_canonicity_2007-8_events_goc.shtml

 

 

Now Ambrose Moran, when asked about his involvement with Archbishop Gregory, claims that Archbishop Gregory led him to believe that he wished to be received into the Catholic Church. So, according to Ambrose Moran, his involvement with Archbishop Gregory was to bring him into the Catholic Church. Who, then, are we to believe?

 

Archbishop Gregory belongs to a group of Orthodox churches known as “Old Calendarists”. They are in the Orthodox world analogous to what Traditional Catholics are in the Catholic world. They reject ecumenism and changes to Orthodox historical teachings and practices.  Archbishop Gregory owns Dormition Skete, which his base location.  All this information is provided by OrthodoxWiki, which is considered to be the Wikipedia of the Orthodox world.

 

 

According to Archbishop Gregory, Ambrose Moran presented these pieces of evidence that he was an Orthodox bishop in an effort to being accepted into the Genuine Orthodox Church of America:

 

1) Curriculum vitae
2) Orthodox episcopal consecration certificate
3) Decree of appointment to Orthodox episcopal vicar

 

According to Archbishop Gregory, “On Sunday, November 18, 2007, Archbishop Ambrose was received into the Church by joint agreement of Archbishop Gregory of the GOC of America and Archbishop Makarios of the GOC of Greece. The reception of Archbishop Ambrose took place in the Cathedral of the Dormition before all the faithful, where he made his renunciation in public and was chrismated back into the Church.”  Archbishop Gregory provided the following pictures as evidence:

 

 

According to Archbishop Gregory, “On Sunday, January 6, 2008, the Eve of the Nativity of Christ, Archbishop Gregory and Archbishop Ambrose consecrated to the holy episcopacy Archimandrite George, who was renamed Bishop John. This was conducted in the Cathedral of the Dormition, before all the faithful.”  Archbishop Gregory provided pictures in the following link as evidence:

 

https://www.gocamerica.org/photos-consecration-bpjohn-2008-01.shtml

 

 

Notice that Archbishop Gregory is the principal consecrator by the fact that he sits and stands in the middle.  This thereby also indicates that he is the head of his church:

 

 

According to an Orthodox discussion forum in which a thread was posted on November 28, 2007 regarding Ambrose Moran’s alleged reception into the Genuine Orthodox Church of America, Ambrose Moran wrote a letter to his faithful after joining.  The following is the link:

 

http://www.euphrosynoscafe.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8279

 

 

The same Orthodox discussion forum publishes another letter in the same thread, allegedly written by Archbishop Gregory, which welcomes Ambrose Moran into the Genuine Orthodox Church of America:

 

 

Other independent sources have written about Ambrose Moran’s reception into the Genuine Orthodox Church of America:

 

1) History of the Orthodox Churches (1924 to 2008) – see Footnote 2 on page 332.

 

 

2) OrthodoxWiki

 

 

3) Genuine Orthodox Church of Greece

 

 

4) Russian Orthodox Website

 

 

Now note that Ambrose Moran has had many years to refute any of the information provided by Archbishop Gregory or the other sources.  For example, you can see in the second picture at the top of this post that Archbishop Gregory has not updated that web page since July 12, 2011.  Instead, Ambrose Moran had a website running up until October 2015 in which he asserted that he was an Orthodox bishop in the line of Metropolitan Hryhorij.  I wrote about this in the following two links, including showing that Ambrose Moran was indeed the owner of that website:

 

Ambrose Moran: Is He Really a Catholic Bishop?

 

Owner of Schismatic Orthodox Website Confirmed to Be Ambrose Moran

 

Point 4 in the following screenshot of the website even makes proud that Metropolitan Hryhorij was an Old Calendarist:

 

 

It was in October 2015 that this website was taken down at the behest of Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer, but as you can see, Ambrose Moran did not oppose any claims made by Archbishop Gregory regarding his involvement with the Genuine Orthodox Church of America even though he had plenty of opportunity to do so.  It was only when he was questioned in late 2015 that he made his claim that he was involved with Archbishop Gregory in order to convert him to the Catholic Church.  And what evidence has Ambrose Moran provided in defence of his claim?  It has been only his word.

 

Therefore, my friends, with all the evidence presented above that Ambrose Moran was involved with Archbishop Gregory precisely as an Orthodox bishop and that there is no evidence to the contrary except the word of Ambrose Moran, what is the likelihood that Archbishop Gregory sought conversion to the Catholic Church with the assistance of Ambrose Moran, then made up everything to support his claims of Ambrose Moran’s involvement with the Genuine Orthodox Church of America, and that no one else picked up on it and reported it? The answer is, “Next to zilch!”  Any reasonable person can only conclude that the claim that Archbishop Gregory had a desire to convert to the Catholic Church is an invention of Ambrose Moran, just like he invented his claims of being ordained a priest and consecrated a bishop by Cardinal Slipyj (see here for a presentation regarding this matter).

 

It is so sad that Ambrose Moran refuses to publicly admit to and repent of his schismatic past, but it is even more sad that Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer has introduced Ambrose Moran as a Catholic bishop ready to continue the true Resistance.  Please pray for both of them and all involved with supporting this fraud.

 


¹Information about the Orthodox 1983 Anathema against Ecumenism may be found at the following links, which demonstrate the Old Calendarists’ (and by extension Archbishop Gregory’s) detestation of the Catholic Church:

 

http://orthodoxinfo.com/ecumenism/ecum_anath.aspx
http://www.orthodoxchristianbooks.com/articles/670/-1983-anathema-against-ecumenism/
https://www.roacusa.org/htdocs/Catechism/ANATHEMAS%20AND%20FR%20JOHN%20SHAW.pdf
http://www.euphrosynoscafe.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3627


Massachusetts Mission Breaks with the Kentucky Fathers

NOTE:  After reading the post below, please visit the following link for a clarification.

 

http://www.ecclesiamilitans.com/2018/12/13/our-lady-of-fatima-chapel-important-announcement-clarification/

 


I am glad to hear that the Massachusetts Mission, Our Lady of Fatima Chapel, has disassociated itself from the apostolate of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Boston, Kentucky).  God bless the Mission Coordinator and family for having the courage to stand for the truth and not be fooled by the lies of Ambrose Moran, a man with a public schismatic past who refuses to publicly admit and repent of that past.  I hope that other Mission Coordinators will come to understand the moral danger they and the Mass attendees are placing themselves in by their continued support of Fr. Pfeiffer and the apostolate of Our Lady of Mount Carmel now that Fr. Pfeiffer intends to pursue a ministerial association with Ambrose Moran.

 

Here is the Our Lady of Fatima Chapel’s announcement:

 

 

Link in announcement at:  …..in this statement.

 

Link to source of announcement:  https://us16.campaign-archive.com/?e=&u=ea2da4ca63cd8ed8cba4ddc85&id=4f76739ec2


Right Rev. Dr. Andriy Chirovsky, S.Th.D., Provides First-Hand Knowledge of Ambrose Moran’s Alleged Catholic Episcopal Consecration

The Right Rev. Dr. Andriy Chirovsky, S.Th.D., Founding Director of the The Metropolitan Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, now located at St. Michael’s College of the University of Toronto, and current pastor of St. Michael Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church in Tucson, Arizona, was ordained a priest by Josyf Cardinal Slipyj on June 8, 1980.  I asked him to watch Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer’s recent conference on Ambrose Moran and provide any comments regarding support or opposition to his claims.  Fr. Chirovsky was gracious enough to do so and provided the following comments as part of a response he sent to me via e-mail:

 

“As to ‘Archbishop’ Moran, I can assure you that he was not consecrated to the episcopate by Josyf Cardinal Slipyj. I was in Rome 1974-76 at Cardinal Slipyj’s Seminary. I personally knew all three bishops consecrated in secret by Cardinal Slipyj (all three now deceased): Iwan Choma, Stepan Czmil and Lubomyr (later Cardinal)* Husar. I also knew Cardinal Slipyj’s actual coadjutor and successor, Myroslav Ivan Cardinal Lubachivsky.

 

“The very fact that he dared to sign the antimension of Josyf Cardinal Slipyj with his own name (when it had already been signed by Cardinal Slipyj) is an act of desecration of the antimension, a cloth with relics in it which is akin to the altar stone in the Latin Rite. No Catholic Bishop would have the effrontery to do so to such a holy object.”

 

I thank Fr. Chirovsky for providing this first-hand knowledge against the claim made by Ambrose Moran that he was consecrated a bishop by Josyf Cardinal Slipyj and the subsequent denouncing of the claim that the same Cardinal gave Ambrose Moran an antimension as a remembrance of that consecration.

 

If you would like to contact Fr. Chirovsky, please do so at the following:

 

andriy.chirovsky@utoronto.ca

(480) 217-8505


* http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bhusar.html

 

The link at the bottom shows exactly whom Cardinal Slipyj consecrated as bishop and when.  The three secretly consecrated bishops mentioned above are listed, but there is no Ambrose Moran.

 

Josyf Cardinal Slipyj [Catholic-Hierarchy]:

 

http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bslipiy.html


Fr. Hugo Ruiz V. Writes to Fr. Hewko and Fr. Pfeiffer regarding Ambrose Moran

 

Father Hugo Ruiz V. requested that the following unanswered letter be made public.

 

August 28th 2018

 

Dear Father Hewko,

 

I am sending this letter to you but I would like you to communicate it, please, also to Father Pfeiffer.

 

Since I met you with Father Pfeiffer, I have always had in very good concept your people and your apostolate. I note that you have reacted correctly to the FSSPX crisis and that, with great zeal, you have helped many of the faithful abandoned by the neo-FSSPX in the four corners of the United States, and elsewhere. Likewise, your firmness to avoid any doctrinal decline in what today is called “resistance” which would simply be the authentic continuation of the work of Monsignor Lefebvre and the Church.

 

It is true that times are difficult and that we do not know how much longer this terrible crisis can last, not only for the Church but also for society and the world. But it is also true that in this expectation we must always refer to Divine Providence since God can do everything and he watches over us, we must always believe that, at a given moment, God will come to our aid, because he cannot abandon his indefinitely, it is impossible. However, He puts us to the test for a time, and that is why we must know how to wait and not rush into trying to force a given situation.

 

The fact that you do not yet find a bishop to ordain your seminarians does not mean that you would never find him. If we have to wait, we must wait, but we should not force the situation and resort to a “bishop” who is, at best, doubtful. It was sufficiently proved that “Bishop” Ambrose Moran was not ordained by Cardinal Slipyj and that even after the alleged ordination he continued his activities in the schismatic Orthodox church. The solution to your problems is not there, it is obviously not God’s will. By this decision you can break the trust of the faithful that have recourse to your apostolate and to whom you have so far done so much good. I ask you fraternally, as a priest whom you esteem, to distance yourself definitively from this man who is not clear in anything about what he does, all this is a false solution, an illusion. Henceforth, it is necessary to make a public retraction because the ordination “under condition” of Father Poisson is a very serious matter, you must dissociate yourself publicly and definitively from Ambroise Moran, because by this error, even your Catholic orthodoxy is compromised. If you do not go back and make reparation for this mistake I personally would be obliged, to my regret, to move away from you and your apostolate, for it is a matter of first order.

 

You can count with my fraternal prayers and support in all that is good.

 

May the Immaculate Virgin enlighten and guide you,

 

Father Hugo Ruiz V.

 

 

(French original version)

 

Bien cher Mr l’abbé Hewko,

 

je vous adresse ce courrier a vous mais je voudrais que vous le communiquiez, s’il vous plaît, aussi a Mr l’abbé Pfeiffer.

 

Depuis que je vous connais avec Mr l’abbé Pfeiffer j’ai toujours eu en très bon concept vos personnes et de votre apostolat. Je constate que vous avez réagi correctement vis-a-vis de la crise de la FSSPX et que, avec beaucoup de zèle, vous avez aide beaucoup des fidèles abandonnez au quatre coins des États Unis, et ailleurs. De même, votre fermeté pour éviter tout déclin doctrinal dans ce que l’on appelle aujourd’hui “la résistance” laquelle ne serait simplement que la continuation authentique de l’oeuvre de Monseigneur Lefebvre et de l’Église.

 

C’est vrai que le temps sont difficiles et que nous ne savons pas combien de temps peut encore durer cette crise affreuse, non seulement de l’Église mais aussi de la société et du monde. Mais aussi c’est vrai que dans cette attente nous devons toujours faire référence a la Divine Providence puisque Dieu peut tout et qu’il veille sur nous, il faut toujours croire que, a moment donné, Dieu viendra a notre secours, car il ne peut pas abandonner les siens indéfiniment, c’est impossible. Cependant il nous met a l’épreuve pour un temps, et c’est pour cela qu’il faut savoir attendre et ne pas se précipiter en voulant forcer une situation donné.

 

Le fait que vous ne trouvez pas encore un évêque pour ordonner vos séminaristes cela ne veut pas dire que vous ne le trouverais jamais. S’il faut attendre il faut attendre, mais il ne convient pas de forcer la situation et de faire recours a un “évêque” qui est, dans les meilleurs des cas, douteux. Il a été suffisamment prouve que “Mgr” Ambroise Moran n’a pas été ordonne par le Cardinal Slipyj et que même après la prétendue ordination il a continue ses activités dans l’église orthodoxe schismatique. La solution a vos problèmes ne se trouve pas là, ce n’est pas évidement la volonté de Dieu. Par cette décision vous pouvez casser la confiance des fidèles qu’on fait recours a votre apostolat et a qui vous avez jusqu’au présent fait tant de bien. Je vous demande fraternellement, comme un prêtre que vous estime, de vous éloigner définitivement de cette homme qui n’est pas clair en rien de ce qu’il fait, tout cela est une fausse solution, une illusion. Désormais il est nécessaire faire une rétractation publique car l’ordination “sous condition” de Mr l’abbé Poisson est un affaire très grave, il faut vous dissocier publiquement et définitivement de Ambroise Moran, car par cet erreur, même votre orthodoxie catholique est compromise. Si vous ne faites marche en arrière et faites réparation de cet erreur moi personnellement je serais obligé, a mon regret, de m’éloigner de vous et de votre apostolat, car c’est un affaire de premier ordre.

 

Vos pouvez comptez avec mes fraternelles prières et mon soutien dans tout ce qui est bien.

 

Que la Vierge Immaculée vous éclaire et vous guide,

 

Abbé Hugo Ruiz V.