Thank-you for your quote from the Gospel of St. John which always
brings to me the Holy Paschal night when we hear these words in every
language. The Paschal joy is meant for all, those who still alive and
those in the graves, those who labored from the beginning and those who
came in at the last minutes (as St. John's homily states so
eloquently), those who are righteous and those who are grievous
sinners. Pascha forgives all, encompasses all, and unites all.
The same Gospel is proclaimed in Russia and abroad, in ROCOR and MP!
You obviously disagree with the reasoning of the church committees in
order to move beyond the past injustices.
But you realize many of these past injustices were the words, letters
and language used and abused during a time of separation in difficult
Or perhaps you think the ROCOR blameless in its history, above the need
to examine any of its history in light of current reality?
Is there no doubt that when 2 people argue, sometimes even married
couples, that they are ashamed of the words that were used during the
heat of the argument. Sometimes those words are so cruel that the
words in themselves become the issue, since they cut so deep and can
leave scars on the soul. Sometimes one must apologize for the words
used before the reasons for the initial argument can even be address in
a sober manner.
So no, I do not see unreasonableness in mutually eliminating those
statements which were written during a period of estrangement, but now
cause harm to the process of healing. It is a step in the right
Both sides in a dispute usually have things to sorrow over. And as we
know, asking forgiveness of another is one of the hardest things that
can be done.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org
> Dear Father John,
> "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word
> was God".
> We knew the truth, and we knew the lie.