Re: Rochester & Jordanville have their say... (Russian/English)...
- To the Protection of the Mother of God parishioners and clergy:
Your testimony is true.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Basil Yakimov <byakimov@...>
>Against Union With the Moscow Patriarchate
> DOCUMENT: Statement of the Mother of God Parishioners. Who Are
> ---------------------------------Protection of the Mother of God parish in Rochester, NY are all
> We, the undersigned clergy, parishioners and friends of the
united in our strong feelings of opposition to the union between the
Russian Church Abroad and the Moscow Patriarchate. We pray for union
in God's truth, but this union threatens to leave critically
important issues unresolved.
> First and foremost is the dangerous teaching of Sergianism, theidea that Metropolitan Sergius saved the Russian Church by making a
deal with Stalin. This teaching has far-reaching consequences by
establishing a precedent and a mind-set whereby capitulation to even
the most extreme evil can always be justified. The Patriarchateâs
so-called break with Sergianism is tepid, forced and parenthetical.
It is completely overshadowed by the Patriarch's public statements
praising Sergius' actions as having saved the church and the
construction of a monument glorifying Sergius as a hero. This is not
the renunciation of Sergianism that the Church Abroad has always
required for union.
> Second, the Russian Church Abroad has been a vocal opponent of theEcumenical Movement and its teaching that all faiths are equal and
need to be united into one. The Moscow Patriarchate, while claiming
to have rejected the branch theory that all churches are equal
branches, last year sent a large delegation to the 9th Assembly of
the World Council of Churches in Brazil where it upheld a resolution
that stated, "Each church is the Church catholic and not simply a
part of it. Each church is the Church catholic, but not the whole of
it." MP Metropolitan Kirill (Gundayev), chairman of the Department of
External Church Relations, has stated that the Patriarchate's
involvement in the WCC will certainly increase. This is not the
renunciation of Ecumenism that the Church Abroad has always required
> Perhaps the most visible warning that we must heed are increasingsigns that the ruthless totalitarian state of the Soviet past is not
dead. The fact that the leadership posts of the Patriarchate continue
to be occupied by agents of the KGB, such as Patriarch Alexy II
himself, is well documented by Mitrokhin, the Estonian archives,
Kalugin and others. What we have seen from the State is the return of
the red banner and the theme of the Soviet anthem, a general
nostalgia for the Soviet past, and a severe crackdown on any
dissenting voices. What we have seen from the Patriarchate are
letters of praise for the leaders of North Korea, Vietnam and Cuba
and admiration for the Soviet legacy. This is not the fall of a
totalitarian dictatorship that the Church Abroad has always required
> These and other related issues have been clearly and openlyproclaimed by hierarchs of the Russian Church Abroad for all of its
history. We do not feel that the work of the
commissions "negotiating" unification has resolved these problems. We
see our hierarchs and church leaders changing their minds about
beliefs that the Church Abroad, until only recently, saw as non-
> Our hearts truly rejoice at the sight of the many pious OrthodoxChristians in Russia. We sincerely hope that this is a sign of the
resurrection of that Russia that was murdered by the Bolsheviks 90
years ago. But those same people are ill-served if the Church Abroad
gives up the precious inheritance entrusted to it by compromising on
the things that many great men and women have suffered and died for.
This is not love towards our brethren abroad or in Russia.
> It is a testament to our teachers in the faith that we hold true tothe ideals that we have been steeped in for most or all of our lives.
We are products of the Russian Church Abroad and we love our Church.
We are dedicated to our Church. We have poured countless hours and
many hard-earned wages into our parish as well as the Russian Church
Abroad as a whole. It is the love that we feel for our dear pastor,
our parish and our fellow parishioners who are not of like mind with
us that makes this parting of ways so incredibly heart-breaking. You
are our friends and we have shed many tears over this.
> We are motivated by nothing more than trying to preserve what istrue. We want to look in our children's and grandchildren's eyes and
tell them about the heroes of our Church, the holy New Martyrs, who
stood strong in Christ and did not give in to their Soviet
interrogators. These are our true heroes, and our devotion to what
they stood for, and what ROCOR has always stood for, is what prevents
us from considering union with the Moscow Patriarchate at this time.
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