- Jan 21View Sourcehttp://www2.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews/1401g.html#36
Former ROCOR bishop speaks up for Kuraev
BISHOP EVTIKHY IS ONLY HIERARCH OF MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE SO FAR SUPPORTING KURAEV
"I have begun taking a piece for Archdeacon Andrei at each Eucharist. The sacred task he has begun exceeds human ability, but it is extremely necessary," RPTsMP Bishop Evtikhy wrote on 15 January in the social network VKontakte. As a Portal-credo.ru correspondent reports, as of today he is the only hierarch of the RPTsMP who has supported the campaign for exposing the "light-blue lobby" that was started by Archdeacon Andrei Kuraev just before New Year's.
Bishop Evtikhy has been retired since 2012; before that, from 2007, he was the bishop of Domodedovo, a vicar bishop of the Moscow diocese who guided seven Russian parishes that had previously been members of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) and that supported the act of its subordination to the Moscow patriarchate that was signed on 17 May 2007. An absolute majority of Russian parishes of ROCOR did not support this act; they have been in various jurisdictions and are referred to as "fragments of the Church Abroad." The act specifically provided for a five-year transition period for the integration of the Russian parishes of ROCOR into corresponding dioceses of RPTsMP, upon the expiration of which Bishop Evtikhy lost his see, but he retained the right of ministry in the cathedral of the Epiphany in Ishim, Tiumen province, with which he left the RPTsMP in 1990. He became a ROCOR bishop in 1994.
Bishop Evtikhy is distinguished by his extreme behavior in which his supporters perceive sign of holy foolishness: in particular, he lives in a belltower, he sleeps in a trunk, and he likes to haul coal in a cart, although there is no particular need for doing so.
Orthodox publicist Mikhail Tiurenkov, who supports the official RPTsMP, sharply condemned Bishop Evtikhy's position on 19 January in his blog. "For me personally," he admitted, "such enthusiastic support by the bishop of the most popular rumor monger and gossip of recent weeks is bitterly perplexing." The publicist is especially hurt by the expression "sacred task" that refers, in his opinion, to spreading gossip about innocent bishops and monks.
The unrestrained growth of debauchery and particularly of sodomy among bishops of RPTsMP was one of the reasons that the then-hegumen Evtikhy separated from the Moscow patriarchate in 1989. Mikhail Tiurenkov's church service is much more modest. (tr. by PDS, posted 20 January 2014)