10184Re: ROCA-ROCOR members in Moscow (Official)
- Feb 11, 2004Elena Baranova wrote:
> > If one reads Russian news articles on the proposed union betweenis
> ROCOR and MP, including MP and orthodox publications, their emphasis
> on ROCOR assets, number of parishes and ROCOR cash flow.JRS: Just to show what nonsense such claims are, the Church Abroad has
been very hard-pressed for funds now for a long time.
The main reason for this, is that people donate so little to the
The recent influx of new people from Russia has not helped the problem
at all, since many of them suppose that in America, the Church is
supported by the goverment, or that "the Church is wealthy", as your
own comments seem to suggest.
My impression, in fact, is that the Patriarchal parishes outside of
Russia are much more affluent today, than most of the parishes of ROCOR!
The only purpose in making such absurd claims, would be to cause as
much doubt and murmuring among our people as possible: and this, in
turn, shows total lack of regard for the welfare of the Church and
faithful in general; a desire merely to enhance the fortunes of ROCiE,
and to hurt ROCOR, no matter by what means.
Fr. John R. Shaw
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