15454Re: Official Historical Position of the Russian Church Abroad
- Oct 30, 2005--- In email@example.com, "Fr. Alexander Lebedeff"
>Fortunately, I am not familiar with the "rewriting" Fr. Alexander
> In the midst of accusations that some people are "rewriting the
> history of the Church Abroad"...
mentions. It is understandable that people cannot forgive the state
sanctioned murder of their family members during the Soviet Era.
> "What shall we say about the canonical status of the RussianThis is perfectly clear.
> Church Abroad?
> "First of all, that she may exist only on condition of horrible
> persecution of the Russian Church in the U.S.S.R. on the part of
> militant atheists, who have set themselves the aim of totally
> annihilating the Church and striving by all means to achieve this.
>Even as an outsider, this is what I have always been taught. Thank
> "Under normal conditions of life, we repeat once again, An
> **independent** state of existence of a part of the Russian Church
> outside the borders of Russia would be **impossible** and
> **unthinkable.** But even now there is a limit to this (i.e.
> independent) existence - the cessation of persecutions of the
> Church and her freedom in Russia.
> "From this we conclude, that the existence of the Russian Church
> Abroad is a **temporary** phenomenon, **conditional upon**
> persecutions of the Russian Church. If you like, **an abnormal**
> condition. " (Page 61)
God the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia has maintained the
faith in the diaspora while at the same time making this faith
accessable to those not born into it.
The very little I understand of the current talks with the MP suggest
a self governed ROCOR much as it is now rather than a loss of the true
Reader Michael Malloy
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