the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople on Vassula Rydén's
The strongly-worded text states that Ryden's teachings deviate from
Orthodox doctrine and are therefore unacceptable. Vassula and her
followers are asked to discontinue the dissemination of the TLIG
messages and renounce their teachings in order to avoid ecclesiastical
Vassula is the
object of a prohibition to receive the Eucharist.
The measure was taken by the Metropolitan of Rhodes and based on the
2001 ruling of the
Committee on Heresies of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece.
Rulings of the
Committee on Heresies of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of
The ruling published in the magazine of the Church of Greece
(number 25, page 32, 2001), concludes that Mrs Ryden has "thrown herself
in Greek) of the Orthodox Church.
Other declarations from Greek
Coptic Orthodox Church:
Statement from His
Eminence Abba Seraphim, Metropolitan of Glastonbury,
regarding Mrs. Vassula Ryden, August 2005.
A critique of Vassula and
True Life in God messages by a
1. Announcement by the Ecumenical
Constantinople on Vassula Ryden's teachings,
The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has
published an announcement dated March 16, 2011 condemning Vassula Ryden's teachings. This
announcement is particularely important because it is issued by an ecclesiastical
authority of reference for Greek Orthodox faithful. Vassula has been for many years a
Greek Orthodox of the diaspora and now resides in Greece.
The original announcement was published on the website of the Greek
Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople (http://www.ec-patr.org/docdisplay.php?lang=gr&id=1306&tla=gr).
blog was the first to propose a translation to English. More recently, a
"certified" translation was proposed also by the Defending-Vassula
Website. However, they do not indicate what they mean
by "certified". We reproduce hereunder the relevant part of the decree
indicating between brackets the variations in translation:
this spirit, and for the beneficial protection of our pious Orthodox plenitude from
dangerous spiritual confusion, who do not know well matters underlying the risk of
denounce from the Mother Church Vasiliki Paraskevis Pentaki
- Ryden, widely known as "Vassula", and her organization founded under the title
"True Life In God" which rashly and frivolously proposes teachings] [TLIG
Church disapproves of the rash and frivolous teachings of Vassula and her organization
founded under the title "True Life in God", which are] based on the supposed "direct dialogue between
her and the Founder of the Church Jesus Christ our Lord", and those conquered by her and the
supporters of "True Life In God", which deviate arbitrarily from the God-given
teaching of the Church, but also scandalize the Orthodox phronema [*] of pious believers.
Hence, we call upon the proponents
of these unacceptable innovations and
the supporters who maintain them, who henceforth are not
admitted to ecclesiastical communion,
not only to not be involved in the pastoral work of the local Holy Metropolis, but also to
preach their novel teachings, to prevent the appropriate sanctions under the Holy Canons.
We express, lastly, the profound sorrow of the Ecumenical
Patriarchate of the acts of some - fortunately few - clergy of the Orthodox Church to be
found at talks of the said "Vassula" and give to her a "certificate of
Phronema is a Greek term that is used in Orthodox theology to
refer to mindset or outlook;
it is the Orthodox mind. The
attaining of phronema is a matter of practicing the correct faith (orthodoxia)
in the correct manner (orthopraxia).
to what was incorrectly reported on this website from March 24 to April 14, 2011, the
Patriarchate's document is not a decree of excommunication, because it is not the result
of a canonical procedure in that sense. According to the Foundation for TLIG - an
entity created by Mrs Ryden in 2008 to manage her copyrights as well as all organizational
and legal matters linked to the publication and promotion of her writings - the
Patriarchate's announcement is an "accusation
of heresy" requesting "Vassula and her followers to
discontinue the dissemination of the TLIG messages and to renounce their teachings
in order to avoid the appropriate sanctions under the Holy Canons" (read the complete
Since the Patriarchate made its announcement, Vassula has continued with her scheduled tour of conferences for
the promotion of her messages. On May 5, 2011 she released a
"new message from Jesus" titled "Tell My people and remind
them..." The message refers to insults and persecutions, asking readers to
console one another and to exercise "love of your neighbor". He also calls
readers to "refuse to sell My Blood" and to continue to proclaim his
Messages. He promises punishment for those who "stone" his
prophets". The complete message can be read here:
more detailed article on the official TLIG reactions to the Patriarchate's announcement
can be found here.
2011 According to the Foundation for TLIG, the Patriarchate's
announcement is an accusation of heresy
May 2010 Illicit
concelebration during Vassula's visit to Romania in May 2010
April 2010 My
Translation of the Patriarchal Decree Against Vassula Ryden, by John Sanidopoulos.
Vassula had been the object of a
to receive the
year before the Patriarchate's announcement
The measure was taken by the Metropolitan of Rhodes and based on the 2001
ruling of the
Committee on Heresies of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece.
Rulings of the Committee on Heresies of
Holy Synod regarding Vassula Rydén (2001)
Added July 2008
Orthodox Church of Greece: In 2001 the Committee on Heresies of the Holy Synod
published the following decision regarding Vassula Ryden (non-official translation from
"The Committee, having examined the evidence, has reached the
conclusion that Vassula Ryden has expelled herself [*] from the Orthodox Church, although
she still presents herself as a member.
In addition it should be known that the Church periodical
"Dialogos" in its issues number 14 and 17 (...) has printed extensive reports
regarding Vassula Ryden's organization.
asked the Greek Minister of Justice to bring to trial for slander and libel both the
Secretary of the Greek Orthodox Synodal Commission on Heresies, Fr. Kyriakos Tsouros, and
the Church publication. The trial was scheduled for 30 June 2000; however Ryden withdrew
the charge two days before the hearing." (Dialogos, issue number
25, page 32, 2001.)
The Greek text uses the word ekpései, which is of difficult translation. In
fact, some websites have incorrectly translated it as "excommunicated".
According to the Orthodox source we consulted, the literal translation of the text would
be: "she threw herself out of the Orthodox Church". Another source suggested:
"Vassula Ryden is cut off from the Orthodox Church". From what we have been able
to gather, the main reason is that Mrs Ryden is seen as not acting as an Orthodox faithful
by not following canonical discipline, for instance by regularly receiving Catholic
Sacraments, which is considered a form of resigning from the Orthodox Church (see also:
"May Vassula Ryden receive Holy Communion when
participating in Catholic Masses?").
include at the bottom of this page two of the Dialogos articles in Greek
regarding Mrs. Ryden and which are also available on the official website of the Greek
Orthodox Church www.ecclesia.gr:
Church of Cyprus - January 2012.
The Synodical Committee for Matters of Heresy
issued an announcement confirming the heretical positions of Vassula
Rydén. Read more:
Cretan Archdiocese - September 2001. Issued
a press release warning against TLIG and discouraging people to attend a meeting where
Vassula was to talk, qualifying her of "anti-orthodox".
Metropolite Mons. Damaskinos, Swiss
diocese of the Ecumenical Patriarcate of Constantinople. In 1996, Mons.
Damaskinos declared that Vassula Ryden, in the eyes of all those who are considered as the
authentic bearers and continuers of the tradition of the Orthodox Church, was opposing the
conscience of that Church which believes that Divine Revelation has been achieved once and
for all through the Apostles. He also criticized in that occasion the attitude of the
seer, who had organized a broadly advertised meeting on the same date that the Geneva
Churches and Christian communities had scheduled their annual gathering for the Christian
More Info (in French)...
Patriarcate of Constantinople, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In 1995, Fundacion SPES of Argentina asked the representative of the Greek Orthodox Church
in that country about the case of Vassula Ryden. The answer was given by Fr. Demonstenes
in the name of Mons. Gennadios Chrysoulakys. He stated that the Greek Orthodox Church does
not recognize any voice outside the established ecclesiastical hierarchy and if Mrs. Ryden
has something to communicate, she should do it through the hierarchy.
More Info (in Spanish)...
5. Coptic Orthodox Church
Statement from the Metropolitan of Glastonbury
Coptic Orthodox Church Statement from His Eminence Abba Seraphim,
Metropolitan of Glastonbury, regarding Mrs. Vassula Ryden, August 2005: In
a General Memorandum to the clergy of the British Orthodox Church, His Eminence Abba
Seraphim offered the following guidance to the clergy and faithful:
1. In receiving the sacraments at altars other than those of the
Orthodox Church [justifying this by quoting the Decree Orientarium Ecclesiarum of
Vatican II], Mrs Ryden is disregarding Orthodox canonical discipline
which forbids it.
2. Mrs Ryden should seek the canonical permission and
blessing of the local Orthodox hierarch having jurisdiction in each place, prior to
addressing public meetings, rather than act in the face of their sometimes
expressed opposition and criticism.
3. Until such time as a canonical Orthodox hierarchy is able to make a
detailed and full examination of the messages received by Mrs. Ryden, they should be
regarded with grave caution and their authority attributed solely to the
views and aspirations of Mrs Ryden herself, rather than any angelic, saintly or
His Eminence Abba Seraphim also points out that Mrs Ryden has found
enthusiastic supporters among numbers of the Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox clergy and
has often utilised the opportunities offered by 'Inter religious Pilgrimages' she
organizes (such as her ones to the Holy Land in March 2000 and to Egypt in October 2002)
to cultivate members of the local hierarchy, who are not always fully aware of all
This memorandum was published in the
www.britishorthodox.org website in
February 2006, with an extra note indicating that "the statement in the True
Life in God UK Newsletter No. 6 (November 2005) that His Eminence Abba Seraphim along with
H.M. Queen Elisabeth II and the Archbishop of Canterbury, 'sent us their good wishes for
the meeting' is untrue. An invitation was sent to Abba Seraphim and a reply sent
on his behalf stating that he had another engagement and would be unable to attend, but
asking to be kept on the TLIG mailing list and for copies of the documentation supplied to
be sent to other Orthodox hierarchs in the United Kingdom." (Read
the entire article in
towards the end of the page).
In 2004, I received this critique from a Christian Orthodox who
accepted to have it published in my website. I finally do so here, with my apologies for
the very long delay.
critique of Vassula & True Life in God
by a Christian
JOHN 10: 1- 5
I tell you the truth, the man who does
not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a
robber. 2The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3The
watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep
by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on
ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5But they
will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not
recognize a stranger's voice."
For over 15 years in
this age of the Internet Vassula has promoted her writings globally in many languages. If
her writings were of Christ, should not His sheep the world over have been flocking to
Christ choose a method of communication with mankind, automatic writing, that has a long
prominent history of use in the Occult?
Would Christ take
away the free will of someone by controlling their body to write in a script not their
own? The Divine Words of Christ are heard by His sheep regardless of the medium.
Would Christ be so
incredibly verbose, repetitive, ambiguous, wandering in focus, and given to expressing
Himself on mundane matters set within narrow time frames?
Christ want to create an organization (TLIG) that was outside the Church, and give His
new revelation to an individual who becomes the main focus in the lives of the
communicate in such a cryptic way that one needed to be privy to TLIG interpretations to
be able to understand His words?
Would God speak, as
He does in the samples shown below, to those who would understandably question
the writings of Vassula?
Would Gods new
messenger condemn those who would reasonably question her writings? See excerpt from a
letter to Vassulas followers below.
Would a Christ
created organization exhibit the classic hallmarks of: a charismatic leader dispensing
mystical/esoteric knowledge to an insular group of enlightened people who see
any criticism from outside as being evil?
CHRIST WERE COMMUNICATING THROUGH VASSULA WOULD HE NOT BE TELLING US THAT THE SALVATION OF
MAN IS NOT COMPLETELY FOUND IN SCRIPTURE AND SACRED TRADITION?
SAMPLES OF THE WRITING
following sample is taken from http://www.tlig.org/msg/vasb1060.html and that
document is titled: TO CONCEAL MY VOICE IS A MORTAL SIN MY SERVANTS ARE
FORMED FROM MY WORDS
.to conceal My Voice
is a mortal sin; to sift Me through and through and scan Me is an abhorrent sin in
My Eyes; will your incredulity say one day: "but look, we did not know; we did not
know that we offended Your Mercy;" indeed you have offended My Mercy; not only have
you offended My Mercy but you have allowed the evil powers to gain ground and despoil the
House My Son bought with His Precious Blood, because of your incredulity; and how! how
ingeniously you get round My Words in order to justify your incredulity!.................
The following sample is
taken from http://www.tlig.org/en/news/2002-01-10/257/
being part of a letter to TLIG followers from Vassula. The letter in its entirety
is very revealing of the mind set of this organization
what follows is a reminder to all those who fearlessly persecute the merciful call
of God, even to call it evil, throwing mud on it that by doing so, they are blaspheming
the Holy Spirit, committing the unforgivable sin. This is what he says:
"Read our messages and stop being scornful or deaf when heaven speaks.
Lower your voices and you will hear ours. Think twice before you judge; think
more than twice before you condemn the works of the Holy Spirit. I shall not
spare anyone who mocks the Holy Spirit, blaspheming him outright". Then
he reminds us of what awaits those who blaspheme, "Justice will send them down to the
"Rulings of C.S. on sects for Vasoula Ryden
25, page 32, 2001
by Rev. Protopresbyter Kyriakos Tsouros
number 17, pages 21-23, 1999