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Jan. 21, 2017
Message from the Apostolic Administrator
to the faithful at St. Peter Diocese
  + Bishop Shlemon Warduni
The Apostolic Administrator

 

“Woe to the world because of things that cause sin! Such things must come, but woe to the one through whom they come” Mathew 18:7

Dear parishioners of St. Peter Diocese,

As a result of our human weakness, we tend to fall into rash judgments.

After eight months of being with you, I would like to speak to you once again as a brother, a father, and a friend to live at a brotherly love that take us towards unity and brings us Christ’s peace. This is what we need in order to help each other to live in God’s grace.

Dear beloved,

I would like to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your love for God, your neighbor, and for me. I ask God to bless you and keep you from all evil and unite you to do His Will, so you won’t be a stumbling block to anyone.

My beloved,

Since I came to the Cathedral last year, I have felt there are a lot of inflated rumors going around against the Church and its clergy, and against me personally.

There is a small group of people who are spreading rumors with the intent to hurt others unlawfully. This is against the Christian faith and it demolishes social relations.

So I sincerely ask all of you, if you feel that I say something that I do not do, please bring it to my attention. Some people are fabricating facts to plant discord among the faithful and that bothers me and affects the Church negatively. Please come to me and ask me if you have heard any of these rumors. I will let you know the facts as they are! In this way, we will cultivate unity instead of division and love instead of hatred. Anyone who will do otherwise, will be judged by the Lord because Woe to the one who cause sin and to the one through whom they come.

Therefore, my advice is:

1. The sower of hatred and division to repent and do well, and for the hearers, to look for the truth before believing it.

2. Please come to me if you have any questions or concerns to know the truth.

3. I am willing to meet with all of you to bring together your views and if I have mistreated anyone, I will apologize to that person. “If your brother* sins [against you], go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother” Matthew 18:15

 

May the Lord God bless you and keep you from all harm and to help you grow in virtue and stand firm in the faith. May Mother Mary protect you and keep you under her mantel.