The past wasn’t an idyll… the past wasn’t a hell-on-earth.
The “good” past was Archbishop Averky’s tea parties in the summer at J’ville… he was the last of the Old School ROCOR hierarchs… a man of dignity and forbearance (unlike the konvertsy pseudo-bishops running amuck presently… especially, Paffhausen). Can you believe that the Rose nutters claim that Rose was a disciple of Vladyki Averky? I don’t even think that Rose was ever east of the Mississippi! The “bad” past was the acrimonious Church War of the 70s and 80s… yes, it all happened and, yes, it’s all ours.
ALL OF IT’S OURS, OR NONE OF IT’S OURS.
That’s why we can’t accept the lies peddled by the rigorists (most of all, the Rose crowd, with their constant and manic airbrushing of the Platina past).