The future of the MP.
- Dear List,
Since the ROCOR is well on her way to unity, and since Met. Alexy II
will probably have a successor soon, why longer speak about Agent
Drosdov? Let us look to the future. it is well advised to see who is
going to lead the MP in the next years, when the new unity is fully
An important person in the MP is Met Kyrill (often described as the
future patriarch), a great orator as well as a specialist in import
and ecumenism. As Mr. Boitchenko wrote recently, the ROCOR needs more
the MP than inversely.
The MP however will need ROCOR's help to correct a few misconceptions
in its philosophy and ethics. A sample is given below, which shows
that the ROCOR's programme is a vast one. Who is going to influence
the other? The future will tell us, but I have my idea on this topic.
Budiet intieriesno. Posmotrim.
A reassuring note is that Metropolitan Kyrill has no fear about
keeping the faith intact in ecumenical conditions. Metropolitan
Kyrill is one of the best known hierarchs of the MP, but not because
of some kind of radiant sanctity or spiritual richness. The free
voice of the Russian Church will have to speak a lot. Will it speak
in unisson with Met. Kyrill, or do we have to fear any cacophony?
Let us remark that there is no ounce of spirituality in the
descriptions below. Of coure, spiritual rebirth cannot touch all at
the same time.
Metropolitan Cyril of Smolensk and Kaliningrad. As head of the
largest church department, he outweighed many other trumps (in the
prospective succession to Met Alexis II). Thanks to his doubtless
oratorical abilities and his active contacts with the authorities and
the mass-media, metropolitan Cyril became the most recognized MP
cleric after the Patriarch in the country. The situation has changed
at the end of 1996 when the central press published documents about
half legal import of cigarettes in the country, under a kind of
humanitarian help programme, in which the MP external relations
department was involved. Such articles seriously discredited
metropolitan Cyril in the eyes both the public, and the members of
Metropolitan Cyril (Gundyaev) hopes for the revival of contacts
between the orthodox and catholic churches (Russian line - VD-inform,
During his March business trip to Italy, the chairman of the MP
external relation department, metropolitan Cyril (Gundyaev) mentioned
obstacles in the relations between the MP and the Vatican. In the
opinion of this great actor of world ecumenism, among those
obstacles is, first of all, the activity of the Catholic missionaries
in the Ukraine and uniatism. Secondly, the events in the Balkans,
which seriously interfere with an adjustment of the dialogue between
the orthodox and Catholic churches.
The Metropolitan very vaguely expressed his ideas about the future of
the relations between Orthodoxy and Catholicism: " I am neither a
pessimist, nor an optimist, I am a realist and I think that only the
unity of Christians can be the key to the solution of the faith
crisis of between East and West ".
Here is the logic mistake in metropolitan Cyril's fundamental
reasoning: obviously, the unity of Christians cannot be "the solution
to the faith crisis" The Orthodox understand such a unity as a
pasage of the true faith to the papists' stray, and ecumenism as a
mixture of faith and heresy, inadmissible for the real, right and
glorifying Divine Truth.
Circumstances in Russia are now particularly favourable to ecumenism:
liberalism and consumerism disseminate, and nobody is interested in
the difference between truth and lie. The official ecumenical
churches " adjust their dialogue in the name of the world and