JRS: This message is a bit of a puzzle to me.
It seems to have been sent to 4 lists: "orthodoxjurisdictions", "orthodox-synod", "rocaclergy"
and "rocorclergy", but does not appear to have made it to the first two at all: it neither came
to my mailbox via those groups, nor is it at their websites, at least not so far.
There was no message at all in the two e-mails that did come through, though one of them
had a Miscrosoft Word attachment that I could not open.
But some light is shed by Fr. Seraphim's remarks:
> This very needed extension of the truth into the uproariously tempestuous
> confusion cast upon the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad by the several
> commissions on unity between our Church Abroad and the Moscow Patriarchate...
JRS: St. John Maximovitch is a great spiritual luminary. I only met him once, but consider
myself blest that I did have that one opportunity.
By all indications, he, like our other hierarchs of the past, firmly believed that Russia would
one day be free again, and that Church unity would be restored.
St. John reposed in 1966, during the dark years of Soviet captivity of the Church. The fall of
communism and the present religious revival in Russia were far in the future.
But I cannot imagine St. John Maximovitch calling reconciliation something forever
unthinkable; nor, whatever may have been in the "MSWord file", that Fr. Valery would really
attack the Metropolitan, hierarchy and official commissions and documents of the Church
Abroad, despite Fr. Seraphim's laudatory suggestion of something like that.
Fr. John R. Shaw