Latest about MP's views on sergianism and ecumenism
- Dear List,
Met Kyrill of Smolensk, Chairman of the MP Department of external
communications persists in claiming that sergianism was the only way
out (my translation of news in Russian referenced by Father Basil
Yakimov on this forum).
Pat Alexis II will support personally the work of the IIId European
Ecumenical Assembly to be hold in 2007.
So still no sign of MP renouncing either sergianism nor ecumenism.
MOSCOW, 24 January - "Novosty". The Chairman of the Church Department
of external communications of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan
of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Kyrill has expressed his hope that the
unity of Russian Orthodox Church and Russian Orthodox Church abroad
will be restored.
"Metropolitan Lavr's visit and the ongoing negotiations have
convinced me last year, that ROCOR has only one aim - to overcome our
division. We totally share this aim. We shall overcome the division
generated by the tragedy of the Russian people, which came about in
the beginning of the XXth century ", the Metropolitan said on Monday
at the occasion of the International Christmas readings.
The representative of the MP also spoke about his vision of the
solution of one of the main problems in the negotiation process, the
relationship of the MP with the State in Soviet times.
" The path followed by the Church in Soviet times was not ideal. We
recognise that the policy of the relationship of the Church with the
State did not correspond to the tradition. We do not condemn however
those who carried out this policy because there was no other way to
save the Church, the metropolitan emphasised.
In his words, what the ROCOR representatives call "sergianism" was a
policy of a survival. " The Church behaved in the only way she could
in those days. The other way was that of the catacomb Church, but
there was no place for it in the Soviet space. Everything was
controlled (by the authorities) ", metropolitan Kyrill explained.
He remarked specifically that, in pre-Revolutionary Russia, the
relationship between Church and State were not ideal either and that,
for this reason, in many respects, the Church could not prevent the
spread of revolutionary ideas.
"The Church before revolution was denied any possibility to say the
truth to the people because the alleged voice of the Church was in
fact the voice of the secular, imperial authority ", the Metropolitan
Alexis II is favourable to organising the IIId European ecumenical
Assembly in 2007
MOSCOW, January 26th - RIA NOVOSTI. Patriarch of Moscow and All
Russias, Alexis II, supports the project of holding in Romania in
2007 the IIId European ecumenical Assembly.
This information was conveyed by the general secretary of the
Conference of Europeans Churches (KEK), pastor Keith Clement, in an
address made last Wednesday, during a press conference in Moscow, at
the end of his meeting with the chief of the Russian Orthodox Church.
According to Keith Clement, the main result of this meeting in Moscow
was undoubtedly the fact that the Patriarch of Moscow and All
Russias, Alexis II reasserted his firm intention to continue backing
up the KEK in the future, and to participate personally in its work.