Voices from Russia

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Father Confessor at St Andrei Bogolyubsky Convent Preached Against Modern Passports… Yet, Had One Himself

Archimandrite Pyotr Kucher, the confessor at St Andrei Bogolyubsky Convent, urged his spiritual children to refuse to use modern passports, yet, at the same time, all the nuns in leading positions at the convent had all the necessary official documentation required of Russian citizens. “All these people, including Fr Pyotr, have all the required state documents. Fr Pyotr went to Mount Athos… naturally, without documents, he wouldn’t have gotten there”, a source in the Vladimir diocesan office told Interfax-Religion on Thursday. He went on to tell us, “He told his many followers that they couldn’t even think of using such documents. There’s a strange contradiction here… you will die [if you will have such documents], but the leading lights at the convent weren’t afraid to die, so they had all the necessary documents”. In the meantime, the official website of the Diocese of Vladimir reported that the ruling bishop repeatedly appealed to Fr Pyotr, “admonishing him about the need to observe all civil regulations”. At one time, several years ago, former Bishop Diomid Dzyuban of Anadyr and Chukotka preached against the use of modern Russian passports by Orthodox Christians, as, in his opinion, the pages contained a hidden form of the “number of the beast”. “This passport hasn’t yet passed its third hearing in the Duma, it’s not legal, but the old [Soviet] passport is legitimate”, Bishop Diomid said in an interview with Interfax-Religion before his defrocking [by the MP Archpastoral Council]. At the same time, Diomid admitted that he carried one of the modern Russian passports. “I live in a border zone, and if you don’t have a passport, there’s no question, you’ll be arrested, and you’ll go to gaol”, he said.

28 October 2010



Editor’s Note:

The plot thickens in the St Andrei Bogolyubsky Convent child abuse case. Not only are there allegations of child abuse, apparently, the convent’s leadership, along with its father confessor, were engaged in crank preaching. OUCH! I don’t have to have any prophetic ability to predict that there’s gonna be a conviction before this is all over. This Fr Pyotr had better pack his thermal undies… at least, he’s going to be sent far away (if he’s lucky), or he’ll end breakin’ rocks under the Northern Lights (if he’s unlucky… I vote for the latter, not the former). Crank preaching and sexual abuse often go hand in hand. Does it surprise you that Gleb Podmoshensky, Panteleimon Metropoulos, and Sam Green were all paedophiles? They all had cranky and idiosyncratic religious teaching too… I wouldn’t trust anything from St Herman of Alaska Brotherhood even now. Same caveat goes for SVS after the Iliff affair. Interesting… sexual abuse “disappears” in American Orthodox circles when it’s convenient. Child abusing pervs in Russia get sent to break rocks… you can’t say the same about those in our circles here in the USA (Feodosy Lazor, anyone? Remember, JP made a big deal of concelebrating with him on Memorial Day). I hope that the authorities in Manitoba are as hard on the OCA as the authorities in Russia are going to be to this crook priest and his harpy supporters at the convent. It’s the only way that some people will learn…



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