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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Are the ROCOR Rightwingers in Obedience to HH and Marking Victory Day or are They in Contempt of His Decree?

01 Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev Kharkov 2


In 2011, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russia issued a decree stating that all churches, monasteries, and establishments under his authority must serve a Molieben on Victory Day in memory of the deliverance of the people, “from a terrible deadly enemy, from such a danger that we hadn’t seen in our entire history”. In addition, sources at the Centre assure me that he also decreed that all parishes serve Pannikhida in memory of all those who fell in the VOV and for all the civilian victims of the war.

Perspirin’ minds wanna know… are Victor Potapov, James Paffhausen, Alexander Webster, Rod Dreher, and the monastery at Jordanville fulfilling this decree in letter and in spirit? Has the ROCOR forsworn its support of Nazi collaborators and their organisations (and their unwholesome repulsive ties with Western intelligence agencies)? Do they wear their St George Ribbons and Red Ribbons with all due dignity and thankfulness? That is, do they celebrate the Great Victory in all sincerity, gratitude, and joy? On the other hand, do they still believe that “Hitler was a friend of the Church?” To speak bluntly, there was no such thing as *Sergianism” (at least, not in the form used by ROCOR polemicists since the ’50s). It was a lie cooked up by Far Right Church circles… Sergei Stagorodsky was a great hero imprisoned TWICE for Christ’s sake, he preserved the Holy Church for posterity… shall the ROCOR apologise publicly for its support of the Nazis and the CIA (by the way, it’s the ONLY apology necessary)? Now, that’s a SERIOUS question. Quo vadis, ROCOR? After all, HH stated publicly that he held anti-Sergei opinions as a young man, but that he came to a better understanding with maturity, and that he regretted such a stance now.

That’s the question… perspirin’ minds wanna know… do they stand for the Great Victory that St Serafim Vyritsky prayed for… or, do they still favour the godless and grasping opponents of Russia and the Orthosphere in their heart-of-hearts? Will they come to their senses, disown the “culture wars“, and overturn the Golden Calf of Rightwing Politics? On the other hand, will they harden their hearts and continue to dance around it in Dionysian abandon drunk on the wine of Libertarianism to the tune of the Koch brothers? We’ll have to see, won’t we?

* Addendum:

In its journal of 25-27 October 1990, the MP Archpastoral Council stated that the church isn’t bound by the Declaration of Metropolitan Sergei Stagorodsky of 1927, but it accentuated:

With all truth, we emphasise that the Declaration of 1927 doesn’t contain anything contrary to the Word of God, it doesn’t contain heresy, thus, there was no reason to move away from the accepted Church administration. …

We’re accused of “trampling on the memory of New Martyrs and Confessors“. Here, we’ll definitely state that our Church never interrupted prayerful remembrance of the martyrs for Christ amongst our bishops and clergy. Now, the whole world knows, we’ve started the process of glorification, which according to ancient Church tradition should be outside the influence of ephemeral political trends. …

However, for a long time, the Mother Church has been lenient to its wayward children, despite the fact that in the difficult years of persecution their irresponsible behaviour deepened her wounds and increased her torment. Now, we’re still ready to understand and to forgive. Even despite the fact that the leadership of the ROCOR has strengthened the existing divisions, forming a parallel hierarchy by encouraging parishes on the canonical territory of the MP, we once again extend a hand to them, calling for an open and honest dialogue on all matters of disagreement between us. In this regard, we’re ready to have a public debate in Moscow or elsewhere (within a scientific church conference or otherwise) on all matters of life of our Church in this century, especially, in relation to the Declaration of 1927.


This journal was issued one year BEFORE the fall of the USSR. That is, the church revival was in full swing. For ten years after the release of this journal, the ROCOR stopped up its ears and continued to attack the MP at the behest of its Western sponsors. Let those with open minds see that the ROCOR circles who claim that the Mother Church “repented of Sergainism” aren’t speaking the whole truth (to put it charitably… some circles that state such aren’t culpable… they’d lose their situations if they didn’t repeat the party-line of the Hard Right).

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Thursday 9 May 2013

Albany NY


Tuesday, 17 July 2012

17 July 2012. Love BT on JP… and a Word on Kicking Those Who are Down

St George and the Dragon

Sergei Kuzin



One of the Cabinet sent me something posted on Monomakhos by Love BT. I looked at that site, and I concluded that it wasn’t a recent post. However, it does indicate what a certain segment of the apparat thought about JP, and it allows me to make a point about “kicking someone when they’re down”. Here it is:

By the way, someone here wrongfully and unintelligently opined that Metropolitan Jonah hadn’t been a monk very long before becoming an abbot. What an idea! Jonah was a monk for YEARS there. Rather than appoint him abbot, I appointed Fr Nicholas Soraich, the Chancellor, to be “Dean of the Monasteries”. He spent quite a while, with his unique management style and knowledge of Serbian monasticism, in trying to effect and maintain standard order in that monastery. It was, actually, like trying to herd cats. They all had cell phones and laptops; Fr Jonah had a car and travelled a lot, advertising monasticism. In fact, that’s how most people heard of Jonah, his peripatetic life extolling monastic life. He did go to Valaam  for a while. He once told us about how strict the diet was there and how awful he found the fish soup. I asked him if he actually followed the monastic regimen. He chuckled in his way, and answered, “Your Grace! You must be kidding! I couldn’t have survived on what they eat!”

This was known for quite some time; yet, those who spoke likewise were quashed by the First Family apparat. However, now that JP, apparently, is out of the running, we should all lay off him. Mind you, he bears careful watching… mind you, the Holy Synod should issue a zhurnal restricting his movements, and specifying where he can worship for the time being. All things being equal, we mustn’t forget that JP has an enthusiastic coterie that hasn’t given up on him. If you doubt my words, log onto to Monomakhos… I rest my case.

JP was only a symptom. We haven’t even begun to treat the underlying disease. All of us who’re adults now will pass on before we finish the task of healing our broken Church. In short, we’ve only started on our way to the Promised Land (we’re nowhere near Mt Sinai yet, not near it at all)… and all too many of us are still dancing about the Golden Calf. We have a long and hard road ahead of us, and the immediate near future isn’t going to be pretty in the least. It’s time to start going home…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Albany NY

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