Re: [orthodox-synod] Met.Anastassy's Last Will and Testament of 1957
- Michael Nikitin wrote:
> Fr.Alexander conveniently left out Metr.Anastassy's PastoralAddress of
> 1959 and his last will and testament of 1957. It clearly shows thatour
> previous First Hierarch didn't recognize the MP. Will Fr.Alexanderchange
> his opinion when he reads all the facts?JRS: Fr. Alexander has read these texts and commented extensively on
Thus for example:
> "As regards the Moscow Patriarchate and its hierarchs, then, *so longas they
> continue in close, active and benevolent cooperation with the Sovietstrives to
> Government, which openly professes its complete godlessness and
> implant atheism in the entire Russian nation*, then the ChurchAbroad,
> maintaining Her purity, must not have any canonical, liturgical oreven
> simply external communion with them whatsoever, leaving each one ofthem at
> the same time to the final judgement of the Council (Sobor) of theJRS: Now the words "so long as" are obviously a CONDITION.
> futurefree Russian Church."
Today, the Russian government no longer "professes its complete
godlessness and strives to implant atheism in the entire Russian
President Putin openly professes Orthodox Christianity, and he was
sworn in before the Patriarch, with the Cross and Gospel in front of
That is far more than can be said of any American president.
Fr. John R. Shaw
- Vladimir Moss wrote:
I have faith - that is,
> certain belief - in the prophecies of the saints concerning theresurrection
> of Holy Russia through a True Orthodox Tsar who will overthrow almostall the
> hierarchs of the official church. You do not have this faith.JRS: Did it ever occur to you that what you are yearning for is quite
contrary to the Canons?
However, we ought not to be as concerned about the future, as about the
present. Who can say how long any of us might live?
Somewhere C. S. Lewis wrote that the communists lived for the future,
and justified everything they did by the utopia that was to come. But
while their expected utopia never came, what was real was all the
destruction and murder they committed trying to achieve it.
It is quite possible to live for a "future Tsardom" that we may never
see. But all of the discord, the schisms, the confusion of the faithful
supposedly justified by that future reign of justice on earth, is real
Fr. John R. Shaw