In his post 6136, father Alexander so converses with former
Metropolitan Filaret :
> So the question is: did Metropolitan Philaret consider that
> all the time he was a clergyman of the Moscow Patriarchate
> that he was without grace and that all the mysteries he performed
> over those seventeen years were invalid?
If really everything was all right with grace and mysteries in the
MP, then why would Metropolitan Filaret have needed a penance ?
In this respect, what we know for sure is what vladyka Filaret
himself wrote :
« The history of Christian Church knows no other example of such
inner enslavement of the Church to Her enemies as the one presented
to the world by the Moscow Patriarchate. Not only does it resignedly
endure the persecution of religion, which is comprehensible, but it
has also put itself at the service of the lies of the atheists,
praising the persecutors of the Faith as if they granted it freedom,
the tormentors of the nation as its benefactors, and the instigators
of world conflicts and unrest as peacemakers. Though the communists
themselves have disclosed the innumerable crimes of Stalin as a
murderer unsurpassed in the history of the world, the Moscow
Patriarchate has praised him as an exemplary and virtuous leader
elected by God ...
Although for those who do not know its real situation, or do not wish
to know it, the title of Church od Russia would seem to stand behind
that voice, we, being aware of the actual state of affairs, could not
recognise as valid or binding in either a canonical or a moral sense
any decision arrived at with the participation of bishops enslaved by
(letter to Patriarch Athenagoras).
Here is another quote from Metropolitan Filaret which sets the record
straight with respect to some matters recently discussed in this
« The late Patriarch Sergius and the present Patriarch Alexis [the
same is true for present Alexis 2] were elected in violation of the
rules which were instituted by the All-Russian Church Council of 1917
at the restoration of the Patriarchate. Both were chosen according to
the instructions of Stalin, the fiercest persecutor of the Church in
history » (Sorrowful epistle to the Primates of the Holy Orthodox
Eternal memory and glory to our confessor First-Hierarch Filaret !