With respect I am not arguing against the words of blessed in memory
Metropolitan Anastassy nor any
of our distinguished hierarchs. Yes the soviet state is not there but many
of the loyal soviet apparatchicks
are now ruining the show in post soviet Russia. This is true with the post
soviet MP. The MP hierarchs, in the majority - with a few exceptions such
as archbishop Veniamin (Benjamin), have defended the "soviet church" & that
is why the words written by blessed in memory Metropolitan Anastassy ,
Metropolitan Philaret,Archbishop Averky, Archimandrite Constantine, Father
Seraphim Rose, Philosopher I. Ilyin & many others are not just historical
but very relevant to the situation today. We should be mindful of them
because if we take the words of the last soviet patriarch in defence of
the "soviet church" for he calls the betrayal of the Holy New Martyrs &
Confessors of Russia, the usurpation of church authority & the subjugation
to the soviet state of ANTICHRIST by metr. Sergius as a "brave act" &
elsewhere in the MP metr. Sergius is compared with Saint Alexander Nevsky
as the latter defeated the enemies of our Church but allowed himself to be
subjugated to the mongols occupying Holy Rus. ( I am not judging anyone but
the TRUTH cannot be saddled, swept under the carpert nor should I put on
rose coloured glasses. Our Lord Jesus Christ will judge us justly one an
all but should I now be silent as a loyal servant of His then I would so
betray Him & His Church. I rather endure the name calling & other
unpleasantness but remain faithful to Him unto the ends of my days.)
There can be logical comparison with Saint Alexander - for metr. Sergius
allowed himself & his successors to be the loyal servants of the soviets &
to propagate lies & deceit about the TRUTH , the true state of our Russian
Orthodox Church & the persecution of the multitude of true servants of our
Lord Jesus Christ. Yes the times have changed, even some of the people
but the deceit & lies in the MP about metr. Sergius & the soviet church
continuous to the present.
With respect to all who want the unification, as you are probably aware I
am not entirely against it but only when the MP is rid of sergianism &
ecumenism. Even Archbishop Benjamin & many others in the present day MP
pray that we be strong when we are put to the test & stand our ground - not
betray our glorious & sorrowful Royal Path that ROCA has been faithfully
on over 80 years in the Diaspora & Russia. Our betrayal will be again the
betrayal of the suffering people of Russia who await the MP to be cleansed
from the sickness/virus of sergianism & the total abandonment of ecumenism.
I pray that we do make the right decision & not betray ROCA or the
suffering people of Russia.
I ask for your prayers.
protodeacon Basil from Canberra
"Fr. Alexander Lebedeff" <lebedeff@...
> on 08/10/2003 12:07:08 AM
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Subject: [rocaclergy] Re: [orthodox-synod] The Great ROCA philosopher on
the soviet MP
Fr. Basil Yakimov wrote:
>Philosopher I. Ilyin was a loyal son of ROCA & his recent anniversary
>by readings & lectures in Australia ( I took part in Canberra) & Russia.
>His words about the "soviet chuch" are relevant today. Blessed in memory
>Archbishop Averky, Archimandrite Constantine, father Seraphim Rose, just
>name a few, would even today be in agreement with this great son
>of Holy Rus who loved the Church but never shied from speaking the TRUTH.
>protodeacon Basil from Canberra
Fr. Basil seems to consistently forget the simple fact that the words of
Professor Ilyin bout the "Soviet Church," as well as the words of
Metropolitan Philaret, Archbishop Averky, Professor Andreev, and others
were all written at the time that the Moscow Patriarchate was, in the words
of Metropolitan Anastassy, "in close, active, and benevolent cooperation
with the Soviet regime, which openly confesses its total-godlessness and
strives to implant atheism in the entire Russian nation."
Do you, Fr. Basil, truly believe that the current leadership of the Moscow
Patriarchate is now "in close, active, and benevolent cooperation with the
Soviet regime, which openly confesses its total-godlessness and strives to
implant atheism in the entire Russian nation"?
Since it is obviously not--then the words of Professor Ilyin are not
"relevant today" at all, as you would have it. They have only a historical
You should read carefully the full statement of Metropolitan Anastassy
regarding the hierarchs of the Moscow Patriarchate, as written in his
"As regards the Moscow Patriarchate and its hierarchs, for so long as they
are found in close, active, and benevolent cooperation with the Soviet
regime, which openly confesses its total-godlessness and strives to implant
atheism in the entire Russian nation, then the Church Abroad, maintaining
her purity, must not have any canonical, prayerful, or even ordinary
communion with them whatsoever, at the same time leaving each one of them
to the final judgment of the Sobor of the future free Russian Church."
Here Metropolitan Anastassy not only clearly defines the criterion that
must be met in order to allow canonical, prayerful, and even ordinary
communion with the Moscow Patriarchate--a condition that has now
unequivocally been met--but also commands us not to judge the hierarchs of
the Moscow Patriarchate ourselves--but to leave them to the judgement of a
future Sobor of the free Russian Church.
Do you, Fr. Basil, wish to argue against the express will and testament of
With love in Christ,
Prot. Alexander Lebedeff