One of the Cabinet wrote me:
St Ioann Kronshtadtsky thundered:
There are three Great Falls in human history:
- The Fall of Adam
- The Fall of Judas
- The Fall of Rome in the recent false dogma of “Papal infallibility”
I make a distinction between the acceptance of the doctrinal hogwash pushed by the papists and individual papists themselves. As for the former, I give it no quarter… it’s quite ridiculous (and rather bizarre at times), but one doesn’t have to beat it to death. It’s not seemly and it’s not decent. As for the latter, I cut ‘em as much slack as they need, so long as they’re not enemies of the Church (like the Galician Uniates). If Pope Francisco agrees with HH, I’m going to say so, and I’m going to say it loud. He’s a decent human being. As a leftist, I agree with Pope Francisco’s social and political stands (which are in congruence with HH’s stands, by the way). As an Orthodox Christian, I disagree with his stances on papal infallibility, papal supremacy, the Unia, and all the other pretences of the Church of Rome.
If Pope Francisco makes statements that are worth quoting, I’ll do so (he IS a newsworthy figure, after all, and I’m a journalist). Why not? Any road, my position is that of the late Ecumenical Patriarch to the Wittenberg theologians, “Send us no more letters on doctrine; send us letters of friendship only”. I see no need to issue needless nastygrams. There’s enough of that, isn’t there? I agree with Francisco’s politics and his social stance. That’s that… and that’s a far ways from accepting papal pretensions. Allies are where you find them… but they’re NOT family, which is a different thing altogether. You don’t have to agree with someone to treat them civilly and with decency.
We can send letters of friendship to papists… that’s godpleasing. We shouldn’t compromise on doctrine with them… that’s heretical. I think that kids can see and appreciate the difference. Nevertheless, I’m GLAD for Cabinet input, it allows me to write at length on this and on that, on things not of my invention. That’s humbling. I’m glad to have my Cabinet, and I’m proud to call all of ‘em my friends…