Dear Father Alexander, bless!
Just wondering, why the said "economia" of Metropolite Anastassy
was not applied to the protesting clergy in France and Canada?
Below some other statements where there is no question of "economia":
Pastoral Address of Metropolite Anastassy at the opening of the
Sobor of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia,
held during October 5-18, 1959.
" And we must not only teach others, but ourselves also fulfil,
the examples of the Moscow saints, whom we have commemorated today.
stand before us as Orthodox Zealots, and we must follow their
turning aside completely from the dishonesty of those who have now
their throne. Oh if they could but arise; they not only would not
any of their successions, but rather would have turned against them
With what zeal St Phillip would be set aflame against the weak faith
representatives of the Church, who indifferently look and see how the
innocent blood of their flock flows, and yet do not condemn the
the Church, but endeavour in every manner to flatter the atheists in
authority. How the great adamantine Patriarch Germogen would have
righteous indignation, seeing the hierarchy remain deceitfully
silent at a
time when atheistic propaganda is being circulated widely,
by their silence they are betraying God.
Let us in every way turn aside from them, but at the same time let
ourselves with apostolic zeal. We must avoid as a pestilence every
contact with them. You know that these people with thoroughly burned
consciences will never cease from waging war on us, although they
change their methods of warfare".
Then in his last will and testament of 1957:
"As regards the Moscow Patriarchate and its hierarchs, then, so long
as they continue in close, active and benevolent cooperation with
the Soviet Government, which openly professes its complete
godlessness and strives to implant atheism in the entire Russian
nation, then the Church Abroad, maintaining Her purity, must not
have any canonical, liturgical or even simply external communion
with them whatsoever, leaving each one of them at the same time to
the final judgement of the Council (Sobor) of the future free
Alright, the MP is not any more in close cooperation with the Soviet
Government, but one wonders if Metropolite Anastasy would encourage
canonical communion with this MP who still maintains that Sergianism
was a "bold/clever/audacious step" and seizes our monasteries in the
I am convinced that "economia" should be applied to anyone coming to
us with sincerity and faith.
But "economia" to people who knowingly justify and repeat their
mistakes is absolutely impossible how can Truth mix with lies?
Yours in Christ,