19353Re: MP Bishop Accuses MP of Heresy
- Mar 2, 2007Before jumping up and down about this letter from the Bishop of Anadyr
and Chukotka, one should read it carefully. It subscribes to the
ideology of the Russian "far-right", with its contempt of authority.
This is the same group that continues to talk about the INN (a tax
identification number) as "the mark of the beast" despite the fact
that the Patriarch, Metropolitan Juvenaly of Krutitsa, and other
senior hierarchs have repeatedly stated that it is nothing but a way
of bureaucratic streamlining (of which, believe me, Russian needs a
This is the same group that called for the canonisation of Rasputin
and Ivan the Terrible. Now please tell me whether or not the Orthodox
Church is an apocalyptic cult that sees the mark of the beast in
anything new, or a Protestant sect that has no respect for canonical
hierarchy, or subscribes to some kind hypertropherated
pseudo-nationalism that glorifies a Siberian drunk or a medieval
tyrant. Surely this is not what true Orthodoxy is about.
There are other much more reputable criticisms of the current
ecumenical movement, including the one by Fr. Maxim Kozlov here:
http://www.pravos.org/docs/doc243.htm. Their voices are being heard
and the attitude of the Patriarchate has changed significantly already
(as we saw at the recent Orthodox-Catholic summit). But I would advise
taking with a grain of salt anyone who writes a letter claiming that
the church is not doing enough to fight tax-identification numbers.
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