Archbishop Mark Golovkov of Yegorevsk (1964- ), the Secretary of the MP on Relations with Foreign Parishes. This self-effacing man is truly competent and well thought of. He’s my man… not the strutting popinjay Alfeyev… make mine Mark, and make it straight up, please.
On Monday, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias raised Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, the Chairman of the MP Department for External Church Relations, to the rank of Metropolitan. As reported by our Interfax-Religion correspondent, at the Divine Liturgy on Monday at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour celebrating the first anniversary of the enthronement of Patriarch Kirill, Archbishop Varsonofy Sudakov Archbishop of Saransk and Mordovia, the Chancellor of the MP, was also made a Metropolitan. In addition, Patriarch Kirill elevated Bishop Mark Golovkov of Yegorevsk, the Secretary of the MP on Relations with Foreign Parishes, and Bishop Yeliesei Ganaba of Surozh, the ruling bishop of the MP diocese in Britain to the rank of Archbishop. More than 3,000 believers attended the service in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. President Dmitri Medvedev and his wife, members of the public, and several hundred priests from Moscow and parishes in other Russian regions were present.
1 February 2010
This, like much surrounding the Blunder, is much less than it first appears. For instance, both Nikodim Rotov and Philaret Denisenko, equivocal figures both, were raised to the white hat at younger ages than the Blunder was. It doesn’t matter what his formal title is, in any case. Officially, he’s only a “Vicar of the Patriarch”, with no diocese (his only authority is over a single parish on Bolshaya Ordynka Street). Of course, SVS shall make much of this, but they’re known members of his faction, so obsequious toadying from them is both expected and forgettable. Note well that Bishop Mark is now an Archbishop… he has more actual power than the Blunder has. The Blunder’s the most ambitious of the hierarchs; he’s the most vigorous self-promoter of the lot. The fact that SVS fawns on him is a clear sign of their shallowness and vapidity… he merely possesses a slick website; his actual achievements are few, indeed. I’ll put my money on Archbishop Mark… he’s a man to watch.