Dear Brothers and Sisters!
I would like to make some comments on the letter of
Father Alexander Lebedeff, posted on August 1, 2002.
First, allow me to explain my relationship to Father
Alexander. While just a teenage girl, I heard him
speak at the St. Herman's Youth Conference, and I was
struck not only by the sincerity with which he spoke,
but his logical and rational style of argumentation.
In the short time he was speaking, he managed to
accomplish a 180-degree change in my opinion on the
topic which was being discussed. Impressed by his
eloquence and intellect, I became, years later, a
devoted reader of his Internet posts, and I developed
a profound respect for his staunch defense of
tradition, truth, and his use of historical texts and
evidence to support his point of view. Because of my
respect and admiration for him, I wholeheartedly
supported inviting him to speak at the 1999
All-Diaspora Youth Conference, held in Chicago, of
which I was one of the organizers.
Now, although I have met him personally only a few
times, I have studied his writings, and anyone who
does the same will be convinced that Father Alexander
never bases any of his opinions on hearsay. Every
post, every argument, every opinion is always
substantiated by hard evidence, by historical texts,
by citation of sources.
This Father Alexander, the Father Alexander I know,
would never even think about writing in such an
authoritative tone on a subject about which he knows
nothing. In the letter, signed by "Father Alexander
Lebedeff", of August 1, 2002, the individual writing
the letter presumes to know the circumstances of a
situation in a distant city, which he has not visited
since before the situation arose, and draws
conclusions based not on knowledge of the facts, not
on firsthand observation of the situation, but on a
one-sided report from a party who is accused of
serious transgressions by a senior bishop of ROCOR.
The Father Alexander that I have come to know through
his writings is unfailing in his obedience to the
ROCOR bishops, and would never, ever write a letter
designed to discredit the statement of a bishop
without even calling the bishop and speaking to him
Therefore, only one of two conclusion can be drawn:
either the letter of August 1, 2002 is not written by
Father Alexander Lebedeff, or he was "helped" to write
it by individuals desiring to obscure the truth,
exerting pressure on him in his fragile emotional
state, brought on, no doubt, by the enormous stress of
being subjected to constant criticism on the Internet
and the other pressures of supporting a family and
trying to save the souls of laypeople who are
bombarded on a daily basis (more so than the average
person) by the extraordinary temptations one undergoes
while living in Southern California.
Since he is in a fragile emotional state, I advise you
not even to call him and ask him if he wrote the
letter. He will probably admit that he wrote it, but
even this cannot be taken as a true validation,
because those with a questionable agenda are exerting
immeasurable pressure on him to say what they want him
to say. The reason I know this is because I live in
Chicago and he lives in Los Angeles, and those two
cities are really close to each other.
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