Re: Statement of Bishop Agathangel
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Archpriest David Moser"
>Dear Rev. Fr. David,
> --- In email@example.com, "singingmountains"
> <singingmountains@> wrote:
> > Good morning. One can state anything as their position. ...
> > Even as
> > Metropolitan Laurus had announced in Australia earlier this year that
> > the one chalice would not mean administrative absorption of the ROCOR
> > by the MP, more than one Russian news outlet indicated otherwise.
> I'm not real sure what the point of this post was, but in response I
> would like to quote from the opening section of the Resolution of the
> IV All Diaspora Council, "in obedience to our Archpastor, Christ, with
> complete trust and love of the pastors and laity to our First
> Hierarch, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, and the Council of
> Bishops, attest that as loyal children of the Holy Church, we shall
> submit to Divine will and obey the decisions of the forthcoming
> Council of Bishops."
> News sources say all kinds of things and one can quote (or misquote)
> our hierarchs to give all kinds of impressions, however, in the end,
> we do have to choose who we will believe and who we will trust. With
> the other members of the Council, I trust our Metropolitan and our
> Council of Bishops above all others and will accept what they declare
> as true. Thus the "official position" of ROCOR, as declared by our
> Metropolitan and the hierarchal Sobor, is indeed, the true meaning and
> interpretation of events (despite what news sources and individual
> clerymen or laymen might try to imply).
> Archpr. David Moser
> St Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church (ROCOR)
Thank you for your response. You and others seem to make concerns
that rejoinder not occur at this time in Russia's history, into an
issue of whether such persons doubt the authority or discernment of
our Metropolitan Laurus and our Bishops. I respectfully believe that
this closes ears to the flock, and also intimidates the flock into
silence even if they have rational input. The lowly must silence
themselves before the high and wise, it seems you are saying.
What I and others have raised for concern is NOT the issue of the
discernment or honesty of our Metropolitan or Bishops in the ROCOR.
Rather, most of us have pointed to the repetitive contradictions and
dishonesty of certain Russian Federation (RF) media organizations
under RF control and what it means that they have so strongly
supported reunification now (if not yesterday) while forwarding some
non-spiritual arguments for it (loss of Russianness, for example).
Truly, many of the in-country Russian media have not been bona fide
news organizations since the early 1990s. They have instead been
issuers of the message of central authority from the Kremlin: both
central governing and church authority. This says something about the
agency, organization and propaganda of the RF and the MP as
semi-hidden partners in this effort.
And this partnership exists at a time of regression towards an
authoritarian state in Russia that puts controlling the church for
political clout above actually supporting the spiritual growth in
Russian society and letting the rest follow, i.e. "Seek ye first . .
." Understand: if Caesar renders unto the church, the Church will be
indebted to Caeasar. Perhaps more on this later.
There are very real reasons right now, to include the rise of both
communist and fascist sympathies in Russia, not to throw the power of
the One Russian Church into drive just yet. Some delicate work is yet
to be done regarding hearts and minds before becoming joined to those
in authority who have presided over this current passion-complex not
rooted in God.
We could discuss those problems applicable to our home too, but that's