Here’s what the REAL Church thinks of communism… a little different from the writer below, I’d say…
Here’s absolute crapola from one Peter Lukianov (son of Fr Serge Lukianov of the ROCOR, a true example of First Family rot if there ever was such):
He [NHM Joachim] was hung in the royal doors of his cathedral after watching two of his priests get shot in front of him. The soviets (sic) came to confiscate all the church valuables “to help the poor”. St Joachim said… no problem, we’ll do an inventory of all our valuables and then personally sell them to help the poor. Obviously the soviets had no intention of helping the poor with that money so they killed him. Not to get political, but this reminds me a little of what is happening in America with all the new taxes on the rich. Government taking from one group to redistribute to another. What’s sad is how many people bought into that logic under communism and what ultimately happened to Russia. Sure, the government in the USA isn’t taking from the Church, but they have no problem dipping into peoples personal funds for “the greater good”. Today it’s the rich but Tomorrow it could just as easily be the Church. Call me crazy but look at how our government has changed it’s attitude towards religion. Saying a prayer in school is no longer acceptable. 50 years ago, if you told my grandparents that this would happen, they would have called you crazy – but now what? What’s next? Let’s pray to the New Martyrs for our beloved USA. They are closer to us than we realize.
I kept all the grammatical errors of the original… Mr Lukianov obviously slept through English Composition class. This is rightwing drivelling rubbish worthy of anything from Victor Potapov or Rod Dreher. He’s so CONCERNED for the rich… and he considers state social welfare programmes evil… which means that he’s at odds with HH and Fr Vsevolod, just to name two. HH supports Free Cuba, universal state-paid healthcare, generous allowances for families and seniors, and gives high Church decorations to communists (most of whom are believers). Hmm… I think that’s SLIGHTLY different from Mr Lukianov’s take on the matter. The Church does NOT support the ungrounded assertions like the one above made by the rightwing faction in the ROCOR… not at all. If I had to choose… make mine HH… and Peter Lukianov can go to hell in the most expeditious manner possible.
Whilst surfing the web, I found this concerning Mr Lukianov’s bloviation:
It’s about time someone exposed the chicanery! This has bothered me for several years for a few reasons. First, the Russian Church (MP) is in a country where abortion is still legal, yet, they still pray for their civil authorities. Second, even during the communist era, the MP still used the wording “for our divinely-protected country” (о богохранимей стране нашей) during the Great Litany. Some may claim it was coercion. To that I say, “Whatever!” Look how far they’ve come since. They were in a worse situation than we were, but now theirs is better. What excuse do we have? Perhaps, prayer actually works! Thirdly, our country is always a tangential mention at the end of said petition, rather than the first. The MP parishes in this country don’t even mention the Russian land in that petition. However, they do pray for this land, since after all, they’re living in it!
Perhaps our “spiritual centre” better take a long, hard look as to why it’s crumbling. No, I’m not saying that this is “the” reason, but it’s an example of all the stupid little things that have added up over the years. The bottom line… do you want change? Do, you want better leaders? Then, pray for the ones we have! Pray that God will convert their hearts and open them to the truth! God-fearing leaders don’t just drop out of the sky (at least, not in reality). Elected officials reflect the will of the people they represent, which means that we as Orthodox Christians have work to do. The correct option is to engage them, convert them, but most importantly, to pray for them. The wrong answer is to ignore them!
Let’s be clear… there’s housecleaning to be done. We can’t afford to let the Church to be allied to the godless American consumerist Moloch… something best embodied in the Republican Party. It’s up to US… but shall we do anything? It’s time for YOU to choose…