This was on the official ROCOR website. It’s a satanic abomination:
How does the Russian Church Abroad view the renaming of the city of Volgograd to Stalingrad?
Protopriest Victor Potapov, Rector of St John the Baptist Cathedral in Washington DC, former Religion Editor at Voice of America, Dean of the Southern Deanery of the Eastern American Diocese of ROCOR, commented:
“When I heard about this, I was astonished at these people who so easily forget the horrors that Stalin inflicted in the 1920-30’s, the persecution he wrought against the Church. I can only imagine what worldwide outrage would be caused, especially on the part of the Russian people, if Germany, during the few days of celebrating an historic holiday, renamed the native city of Hitler to, say, Hitlerstadt. Stalin was an executioner, one of the main executioners of the 20th century. I simply cannot fathom such tender sentiments for this… this butcher! For me, a believer, this is simply incomprehensible.
I don’t understand what pride for the podvig , the spiritual triumph, of the Russian people in the Battle of Stalingrad has to do with the renaming of a city. The two things are incompatible, and anyway, the city was called Tsaritsyn before Stalin’s time. It was renamed in honor of Stalin because the Communists were sucking up to him. The heroic podvig of the warriors who defeated the fascists cannot be excised, of course. And the name Volgograd takes nothing away from this great achievement. I view this renaming very negatively. I can positively state that every believer and every clergyman of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia feels the same way.
Victor Potapov comes of a family who were collaborationist scum during the VOV, who had connections to the traitorous KONR and the anti-Semitic Vlasovtsy filth. Potapov himself was part of the American intel apparat, as VoA/RL is nothing but a Langley front. He also has deep connections with the Moonie-run Washington Times, one of the most Hard Right and Russophobic media outlets in the USA. He introduced Fathausen to all the Hard Right circles in the District (including the American Enterprise Institute). Potapov is a lying Hard Right Republican of the worst possible sort (he’s fully in sync with the GOP’s anti-Christian and ungodly Mammon-worshipping ideology). He lies when he says:
I view this renaming very negatively. I can positively state that every believer and every clergyman of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia feels the same way.
That is an absolute stone-cold lie. It isn’t true in the least. Potapov and his Hard Right clique (which includes Fathausen, Rod Dreher, Terrence Mattingly, Alexander Webster, and Freddie M-G) are the only ones who agree with this horseshit in its entirety. I’ve received comments from Russian friends on this wacko far-out opinion… it’s entirely negative. Here’s what the comments say:
“Fr Victor should come clean about which side his family was on in the War: did they stand with Stalin and the USSR, or, were they on the side of Hitler, the genocidal Ustaše, and the murderous Greek Catholic Banderites? These were the only two choices we had. No others existed. To say so is a lie and spits on the sacrifices of our Soviet Russian and Ukrainian people”.
“Would Fr Victor publicly state his views, please, on Hitler and the Jewish Holocaust? Can he please explain his assumed support of the anti-semite Vlasov and this issue?”
“He should be quiet! The Church OUTSIDE of Russia has no business stirring trouble for the Church OF Russia. Russia isn’t his jurisdiction. How would this CIA puppet react if the Russian bishops were to openly publish in the USA their known views on America’s massive criminal activities?”
I agree wholeheartedly with the above comments. The ROCOR Holy Synod should silence this loudmouthed bastard. HH doesn’t agree with him (HH is friends with Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, Gennady Zyuganov, Pyotr Simonenko, and Fidel Castro Ruz). Hilarion Kapral owes the rest of the Church an apology for this unhinged lying rubbish, then, he should shitcan this fringe-rightwing POS. Potapov is moving heaven and earth to get his likeminded pal Fathausen into the ROCOR. I’d advise HH:
Do NOT allow Paffhausen into the ROCOR. He and Potapov would spin off into schism eventually, taking gullible believers with them. Paffhausen was nothing but trouble in the OCA… why bring him into your Church? Potapov (and Paffhausen) opposes Free Cuba and President Putin and supports the American infiltration of the CIS and NATO expansion. Paffhausen is of the same sort, only worse (yes, that’s possible). Why empower such creepo supremos? If you allow Paffhausen in, it’s allowing Langley in through the front door. As an Orthodox Christian and a Russian patriot, you must oppose these two cretins. Don’t forget how Potapov savagely attacked Patriarch Aleksei when he was in Washington in the ’90s… he’s NEVER repented of that blatant and obsequious act of Sergianism (sucking up to his Langley paymasters for all to see). Kaufft nicht bei Potapov.
Here’s what a patriotic MP priest said:
Well done for your Stalingrad report. We prayed for all those who died in defence of Orthodoxy and the Rodina at the Great Entrance yesterday. Our people like it. On 9 May I get out my father’s medals and wear them on the right side of my chest. Fascists out!
You can stand with collaborationist Sergianist filth like Potapov (a true Chekist in a riassa if there ever was such) or you can stand with honest decent patriotic people like this MP priest (who wished to be anonymous). That’s the only choice that you have. You can stand with Holy Russia (and its celebration of Stalingrad) or with Sectarian America (with its drone attacks, its war on Middle Eastern Christians, its Guantánamo gulag, and its satanic quasi-religion). Choose well.
Thursday 7 February 2013