6106Re: Archbishop Luka
- Aug 6, 2002Dear Elisabeth, dear List,
The principle or Sergianism was to collaborate with the authorities,
with the fallacious hope to save one's life and the Church. In fact
it did not save anything, and many sergianist bishops were killed by
the Bolsheviks anyhow.
Sergianism is anathema. We have no indication that a person who
accepted and practised sergianism is a saint, if we have no
indication that that person renounced sergianism and was then
forgiven by God.
Maybe it happened (see the good brigand), that is why we should not
condemn people. Any apparent sinner may have already been forgiven by
God when we think of him. We condemn sins only. In this particular
case, we do not know. So there is no reason to believe that that
person is a saint. It can be, but we do not know.
Suffering has no meaning without God. Metropolitan Sergius did suffer
a lot. This does not make him a saint.
Many Bolshevik leaders suffered a lot when the revolution ate its
children. Maybe there were Christian martyrs in the same Gulag. The
bolsheviks that suffered there are probably no saints, though.
Judas too suffered a lot. This does not make him a saint.
--- In orthodox-synod@y..., elisabeth shohov <mitrophan@y...> wrote:
> "Fr. Gregory Williams" wrote:I would be dumbfounded had he been
included. After all, he lived and died
> as an ardent member of the synod of the Moscow Patriarchate!?!?!?
> Dear Father Gregory- If a person was an ardent member of the MP in
the 1920's and 1930's, suffered in concentration camps and was sent
off to Solovki at the time that the new martyr bishop Hilarion was
there,- does the fact that he was a member of the MP negate his
suffering in the eyes of God? - Elisabeth
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