Before jumping up and down about this letter from the Bishop of Anadyr and Chukotka, one should read it carefully. It subscribes to the ideology of the RussianMar 2, 2007 1 of 62View SourceBefore jumping up and down about this letter from the Bishop of Anadyr
and Chukotka, one should read it carefully. It subscribes to the
ideology of the Russian "far-right", with its contempt of authority.
This is the same group that continues to talk about the INN (a tax
identification number) as "the mark of the beast" despite the fact
that the Patriarch, Metropolitan Juvenaly of Krutitsa, and other
senior hierarchs have repeatedly stated that it is nothing but a way
of bureaucratic streamlining (of which, believe me, Russian needs a
This is the same group that called for the canonisation of Rasputin
and Ivan the Terrible. Now please tell me whether or not the Orthodox
Church is an apocalyptic cult that sees the mark of the beast in
anything new, or a Protestant sect that has no respect for canonical
hierarchy, or subscribes to some kind hypertropherated
pseudo-nationalism that glorifies a Siberian drunk or a medieval
tyrant. Surely this is not what true Orthodoxy is about.
There are other much more reputable criticisms of the current
ecumenical movement, including the one by Fr. Maxim Kozlov here:
http://www.pravos.org/docs/doc243.htm. Their voices are being heard
and the attitude of the Patriarchate has changed significantly already
(as we saw at the recent Orthodox-Catholic summit). But I would advise
taking with a grain of salt anyone who writes a letter claiming that
the church is not doing enough to fight tax-identification numbers.
The Church lives by the Holy Scripture does it not---its Yea is its Yea and its Nay is its Nay, NO? ... The ... Patriarch.Mar 6, 2007 62 of 62View SourceThe Church lives by the Holy Scripture does it not---its Yea is its
Yea and its Nay is its Nay, NO?
--- In email@example.com, "Athanasios Jayne"
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Rev. Alexander Lebedeff"
> <lebedeff@> wrote:
> > The document you refer to was approved by a Resolution of the
> Council of the Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church. This approval
> is recorded in the official record of the Council -- the Journal.
> Patriarch signs the official Journal, after which the decision isPatriarch.<
> official and is binding on the Church.
> > Therefore the Document is officially the policy of the Church of
> Russia and that has been confirmed by the signature of the
> Father bless!
> Thank you for this information. Finally, I would ask: Is
> there any known record of the Synodal *vote* on this
> document, i.e., which Bishops were in favor of it, and which
> against or who abstained? I would like to know if there is
> any record indicating that Patriarch Alexy voted in favor of
> this document, though I do regard it as significant that He
> did sign the final result. Or would the record of the actual
> vote be regarded as part of the Synod's "minutes," which are
> not made public?
> Thank you, Father, for any further information. You are one
> of the few people who can answer questions of this kind, and
> I am most appreciative that you are taking the time to answer
> my questions--questions I am ask in all sincerity and honesty.
> Athanasios Jayne