Metropolitan Kirill's journalistic nemesis digs at him
RRN - SYNOD APPOINTS BISHOPS, by Sergei Bychkov, Moskovskii komsomolets, 30 December 2002
On Thursday the regular session of the Holy Synod of the Russian (MP) church came to an
For the first time after his illness, His Holiness Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and
all-Rus presided at it.
As MK had predicted, the patriarch maintained full control over this church bureaucratic
structure. Rumors to the effect that from now on a certain group within the Holy Synod
would concentrate power in its hands turned out to be insubstantial.
Vacant episcopal sees were filled with the patriarch's young nominees. Archimandrite Georgy
Danilov, comptroller of the Saint Sergius Holy Trinity lavra, was appointed to Nizhny
Novgorod diocese. Biship Feodosy Vasnev, a former vicar of the Nizhny Novgorod diocese, was
appointed to Tambov. Because of the illness of Metropolitan Gedeon, Archbishop Isidor of
Krasnodar will administer the Stavropol diocese temporarily.
The stormy activity by Metropolitan Kirill Gundiaev that developed on the eve of the synod
did not produce any results. He continues to beget bureaucratic structures. Two days before
the session he contrived to create in the State Duma a public deputies commission, which,
apparently out of ignorance, even the head of the National party, Gennady Raikov, joined.
The commission was created within the alternative Interreligious Council of Russia, which
the "tobacco metropolitan" conceived for counteracting the Interconfessional Council within
the presidential administration. "The legislative process should proceed within a system of
coordinates of traditional moral values," the "tobacco metropolitan" declared ambiguously