- Dear List,
In one of his late efforts to justify sergianism (Message 15262),
Father Alexander recently quoted again Met Sergius. "Not without
foundation does the deputy locum tenens of the Patriarchal Throne say
in his aforementioned Declaration that only "armchair dreamers can
think that such a vast community as our Orthodox Church, with all its
organization, can exist peacefully in a country while walling itself
off from the authorities."
If we accept this argument, and thus that the Catacomb Church was a
myth, then let us consider what the MP was.
Orthodox do not believe that grace flows magically through anyone who
can prove "Apostolic Succession". Obviously, no real apostolic
succession could take place in the framework of an organisation so
tightly controlled by the bolshevik. The latter selected the
candidates for priesthood and episcopate.
The communist authorities even "trusted the MP" ("Agitator" N° 10,
1989, journal of the CP of thr USSR «Marshall Stalin trusts the
Church", V.A. Alekseyev). The MP could do nothing that the Church was
supposed to do. On the contrary, its bolshevik-elected hierarchs
served the communist State. Some well-wishers may say that they were
serving God also. We know from Christ that serving two masters is
serving the evil one.
In his book "The Canonical and Legal Position of the Moscow
Patriarchate", Bishop Gregory of Washington and Florida (the
Protopresbyter George Grabbe) writes: "it can be clearly perceived
that the Moscow Patriarchate and its Synod are nothing but a fiction
and a vast bluff" (p. 54).
"The only matters with which they continue to concern themselves are:
the ordination to the priesthood of candidates previously approved by
the civil authorities and the carrying of relations, in compliance
with the civil authorities, with other local orthodox churches and
with churches of other confessions. These relations remain under the
special supervision and actual administration of the soviet
authorities who, as can be imagined, are not motivated by
considerations of what is advantageous to the Church, but by
consideration of political advantages to the State".
As a conclusion, not without foundation, can we assert that only
armchair dreamers can believe that an organisation created by Stalin
to serve communism, so strictly controlled by him and aimed at
fighting God could be considered as a canonical Church with apostolic
Father Alexander asks when the MP ceased to be a Church. The question
is that the MP never started being a Church.