Bp. BASIL's Unswerving Support of the Western Rite
Occasionally, I see those who oppose the Western Rite question the support and affirmation Byzantine Rite bishops might give to the WR Vicariate. Just how much does His Grace Bp. BASIL, the bishop of reference for the WRV, support the Western Rite? I recently found this statement from the former Charismatic Episcopal Church priest who started the new WRV parish in Oklahoma City:
My wife and extended family have spent all of this year “in the womb” of St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Church [Oklahoma City]. A few months ago, when my wife and I were visiting with His Grace, Bishop BASIL, we told him that we love the Orthodox Church and know it to be the True faith. And we also told him, “We love the Byzantine Rite, but we also love the Western Rite. We know you hear from God. Which direction does He want us to go?” With only a moment’s pause, he said “Go Western Rite.” (Emphasis added.)Let us heed our bishops. Eis polla eti Despota!