Comment: It is not
that often that I can fully agree with all that UK Professor Vladimir
Moss puts out, in fact, I strongly disagree with many of his seemingly
wise and sage [ but for one area of subject matter issues], personally
biased, wrong assessments of the various 'fragment
jurisdictions'...those claiming to be, each one of them, the
'sole' canonical and legitimate continuations of the old free ROCOR, or
of his defining of the various Greek Old Calendar divisions, etc.
He is not always correct in those matters, often he is quite off.
But, on this particular thorny subject, of great common to all true Orthodox, world-wide, he is right on!
think that what we see happening now, world-wide, is a surprising-even
an unexpected, coming together of numerous various traditionally
Orthodox minded clergy and laity, [ from all local Orthodox
churches] to resist this new & major ecumenist/betrayal and
apostasy threat to our Holy Orthodox Faith, being engineered by KGB
agent MP head, Kyrill Gundaeyev, the Pope, and by V. Putin pulling the
strings on his puppets, in the background.
course, much more can be written, and is being written by many others
now, on this complicated and upsetting subject, but what Moss says
here is very sound, factual and truthful, no matter who likes it or
will not like what he says. But then, those deluded and misguided folks
have already abandoned real genuine Orthodoxy anyway, [ if many of
them ever knew or cared, what it was, to begin with!], in order to: 'receive the praise of men'.
Rd. Daniel Everiss in Oregon
Written by Vladimir Moss
IS THE MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE CRUMBLING AT LAST?
of True Orthodox Christians, both in the Catacomb Church and in the
Russian Church Abroad, have understood that the key to the resurrection
of Holy Russia, and therefore to the salvation of millions around the
world, lies in the fall of the heretical and apostate Moscow
Patriarchate, and its replacement by a truly Orthodox hierarchy that
clearly and unambiguously renounces sergianism and ecumenism and all
communion with the ecumenist hierarchs of World Orthodoxy. The
prophecies of the Valaam elders declare that such a resurrection and
radical cleansing of the Russian Church will take place through a True
Orthodox Tsar who will be elected by the True Orthodox people at a time
of national humiliation. However, as many have rightly warned, such a
longed-for event will not take place until the people as a whole – or at
any rate, a significant percentage of it – show by their deeds that
they have truly repented of sergianism and ecumenism and are ready to
receive the true faith of the One True Church.
this connection, the recent meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Cyril
in Havana may prove to be a significant turning-point. The meeting –
which, as Cyril admitted, was made known beforehand to only five people,
- was accompanied by the publication of a communiqué in which the two
churches clearly recognized each other as “sister churches” in the
spirit of the notorious Balamand agreement of 1994. As if finally waking
up to the reality of what has been happening between Rome and Moscow
for several decades, many priests, communities and laymen, from Moscow
to Belorussia to Moldova are calling Cyril a heretic and refusing to
commemorate him in their Divine services. Only a few believe one
archimandrite’s theory: that the Pope wants to become Orthodox! The truth is: it is the patriarch who is in spirit a Catholic already…
course, something like this happened once before, after the famous “our
prophets – your prophets” speech of Patriarch Alexis II (Agent
“Drozdov”) to the New York rabbis in November, 1991. Then many priests
stopped commemorating the patriarch for his blasphemous recognition of
In 1992, the president of the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods, Sergius
Poliakov, declared that the patriarch’s speech to the New York rabbis
had been “clearly heretical”. And a representative of the Tver diocese
declared that “almost 60% of the diocesan clergy” were refusing to
commemorate the patriarch. Unfortunately, only one of those priests actually joined the True Church…
that time the MP was able to face down its dissidents. Thus in
December, 1994, the patriarchate's participation in the WCC was
unequivocally endorsed as having been inspired “primarily by
considerations of the good it would do for the Church”. Then a purge of
the anti-ecumenist brotherhoods began. The decision was made to permit common prayers with heretics with the blessing of the local bishop!
And with the death in 1995 of the only anti-ecumenist in the hierarchy,
Metropolitan John (Snychev) of St. Petersburg, the victory of the
ecumenists appeared to be sealed.
in December, 1995 a group of about fifty Moscow clergy addressed an
open letter to the patriarch denouncing the "crypto-catholic" teaching
and actions of several modernist priests and laity in the capital. They
pointed to numerous instances of the MP offering direct assistance to
Latin propaganda, listing ecumenical or purely Catholic radio stations
(“Sophia”, “Blagovest”) and periodicals (Simvol, Istina i Zhizn’, Novaia Evropa, Russkaia Mysl’).
Active contributors and sometimes even managers of these organs of
Latin propaganda included Archpriest Ioann Sviridov (Department of the
Religious Education and Catechization of the MP), Igumen Innokenty
(Pavlov) (Secretary of the Russian Bible Society), Priest Alexander
Borisov (President of the same Society), Igumen Ignaty (Krekshin)
(Secretary of the Synodal Commission for the Canonization of Saints of
the ROC), Igumen Ioann (Ekonomtsev) (Rector of the Orthodox University
of St. John the Theologian), V. Nikitin (chief editor of the official
journal of the Department of Religious Education and Catechization Put’ Pravoslavia),
the “priest journalists” G. Chistiakov and V. Lapshin, Priest G.
Ziablitsev (employee in the Department of External Church Relations of
the MP), who was appointed by his superior, Metropolitan Cyril
(Gundyaev), to the commission of the Catholic Church (!) for the
canonization of one of their saints. “Such a scandalous fact,” wrote the
fifty clergy, “i.e. participation in a heterodox enterprise of a
canonical character, has not been heard of since the Latins fell away
from the Church of Christ in 1054… One is left with the impression that
the Vatican is attempting to create within the Church a layer of clergy
loyal to the Catholic doctrine who serve the cause of union.”
patriarch deflected this protest by complaining about Catholic
proselytism and their use of humanitarian aid as a cover for their
missionary work in Russia.
It is not recorded, however, that he rejected the offer of one Catholic
organization, "Aid to the Suffering Church", to give every priest in
the Russian Church an annual salary of $1000.
Nor was he particularly disturbed when the Pope was declared an
honorary member of the new parish of the MP in Ulyanovsk in gratitude
for his sending $14,000 for the construction of the city’s cathedral.
Nor when, in 1996, “Aid to the Suffering Church” gave $750,000 to Radio
The patriarch’s right hand (his criticism of the Catholics) clearly did
not know what his left hand (his reception of largesse from them) was
the anti-ecumenist unrest of the early 1990s was successfully
suppressed by the MP (as similar disturbances were suppressed in other
Orthodox countries by the hierarchs of World Orthodoxy). Two important
events contributed to this unfortunate outcome. The first was the
failure of the mission of the Russian Church Abroad inside Russia. ROCOR
under St. Philaret of New York had anathematized ecumenism in 1983, and
her anti-sergianism and anti-ecumenism had been very influential among
MP clergy who were now for the first time able to read non-Soviet church
literature, and learn the truth about the history of twentieth-century
Orthodoxy. However, divisions inside ROCOR, and a successful MP campaign
slandering ROCOR as an American church under the control of the CIA,
arrested the growth of ROCOR parishes in Russia as the country as a
whole moved sharply against the West and all things western.
second event was the rise to power in the year 2000 of KGB Colonel V.V.
Putin, who gradually began moving the nation back towards “Orthodox”
Sovietism with a Fascist face. The MP’s KGB hierarchs willingly joined
in this pseudo-resurrection of Holy Rus’, especially as it stood to gain
financially from it. Thus the new Patriarch Cyril (Agent “Mikhailov”)
was reported to have made a personal fortune of $4 billion, gained
through the duty-free import of alcohol and tobacco, and to be involved
in still more morally dubious ventures.
In 2009 he proclaimed the astonishingly blasphemous idea that the
anti-theist Red Army’s barbarous victory over Nazi Germany in 1945 had
somehow expiated the sins of the 1930s, and that Stalin had thereby
“trampled on death by death”.
The tepid reaction of Church society to these ever more extreme
manifestations of the MP’s apostasy was discouraging, to say the least.
it looks now as if the MP may have finally overstepped the mark.
Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine, with its disastrous consequences for
relations with the West and for the Russian economy, is eliciting
increasing criticism. And Cyril’s slavish following of Putin in all
things – the price, of course, of his church’s large share in Putin’s
ill-gotten gains – is far from universally admired. Again, many parishes
in the “Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate” are
deserting to other jurisdictions such as the Kievan Patriarchate, which
is recognized by Constantinople but not by Moscow. Cyril
calls them “schismatics”, and blames uniate propaganda by nationalist
“Banderites” – but is thereby placing his sceptical Ukrainian flock in
an increasingly difficult position, having to choose between loyalties
to the Russian church or to the Ukrainian state.
concern over the worsening situation in the Ukraine was the main
motivation for Cyril’s meeting with the Pope in Havana. For his master
Putin’s sake, he wants the Pope to exert his influence to weaken the
West’s sanctions regime against Russia. And for his own sake, he wants
the Pope to recognize the canonicity of the MP in the Ukraine rather
than that of Kievan Patriarchate, which is backed by his chief global
competitor, the Patriarch of Constantinople. But for many in the Russian
Church these essentially political issues were less important than the
issue of the faith: that their patriarch had publicly
recognized the world’s number one heretic. And the patriarch must have
known that this would be a problem. For why else would he conceal the
meeting from all except five people? He must have sensed that public
announcement of the meeting a long time in advance risked eliciting a
powerful negative response that might have endangered the meeting taking
place – and he was right.
leads us to think that it will be more difficult, perhaps impossible,
for the MP to shrug off the anti-ecumenist reaction in the way it did
twenty years ago. Although pro-Catholic ecumenism has been a fact of
life in the MP since the time of the notorious Metropolitan Nikodim
(Rotov) - who as well as being the mentor of the present patriarch was
simultaneously KGB Agent “Sviatoslav”, metropolitan of Leningrad, and a
secret Catholic bishop, and died at the feet of Pope John-Paul I, having
received communion from him – there is a big difference between
metropolitans signing ecumenist agreements with Catholic cardinals and
this meeting at the highest level between the Pope and the Patriarch –
something that has never taken place before in history. The symbolism of
the papal-patriarchal meeting is more direct and more powerful – and
much more dangerous for the internal stability of the MP.
difference between 2016 and the early 1990s is that the clergy are more
educated now; they have outgrown the ecumenist Paris theologians that
were so popular in the early 1990s and are now familiar with stronger,
strictly patristic food in the form of the writings of St. Ignaty
Brianchaninov, St. Theophan the Recluse and Archbishop Averky of
Jordanville. And while the anti-ecumenist ROCOR has been crushed – and,
since 2007, absorbed into the MP – the seeds it sowed in the earlier
period have sunk into the earth of the MP’s consciousness. Ecumenism is
now widely recognized as a heresy; the metropolitan of Vladivostok has
even called publicly for the MP’s withdrawal from all ecumenist
organizations, including the World Council of Churches, which the
present patriarch once famously called “our common home”…
Putin’s anti-western policies may have indirectly contributed to the
impending unia. For just as Putin may thunder against the West’s moral
vices, but has no intention of depriving himself of western pleasures
himself, so Cyril may thunder against Banderites and schismatics, but
has no intention of foregoing his friendship with the world’s number one
heretic. And just as Putin and Russia’s secular elite still send their
children to western schools, live in fabulously grand houses in the evil
West, deposit their money in London banks, cruise the world in western
yachts, buy western football clubs and build villas on the Mediterranean
coast of France and Spain, so Cyril and Russia’s ecclesiastical elite
drive around in limousines, buy rolex watches, have usually homosexual
lovers and engage in extremely profitable and immoral business deals in
imitation of their secular rulers. So, far from building up a true
spiritual and moral alternative to western civilization, Church and
State in Russia are simply showing themselves to be a deeply corrupt
extension of that same civilization. Only the Russians are worse than
the westerners they ape because their sins are compounded by the vast
legacy of the unrepented mega-crimes of the Soviet period, and the
terrible guilt and hypocrisy that comes from knowing what Orthodoxy is,
and trumpeting their “Orthodoxy” to the skies, while denying it in
one may ask: now that the MP is returning to that ecumenism from which
it was supposed to have liberated itself as a condition of its union
with ROCOR in 2007, will not ROCOR-MP rise up in protest and denounce
the treachery of their patriarch? The tragic but predictable answer is:
ROCOR-MP are the last people who will rebel against the
heretic. For having betrayed Christ and His Holy Church in 2007, they
are too proud to admit their treachery, but are rather trying to justify
themselves by an exaggerated justification of their MP masters.
As an example of this lamentable spiritual condition, let us take a recent article by Fr. Andrew Phillips, a ROCOR-MP priest.
Phillips is a very intelligent man who has written excellent things on
Orthodox England, and good things on the corruption of the West. But,
having consciously taken part in ROCOR’s Judas act of 2007, his views on
Russia are wildly misguided.
Phillips believes that resistance to the Anti-Christian empire of the West is coming from “what
is organically reviving in the place of the old Soviet Empire – the
Sacral Christian Empire of Rus”. Phillips seems to forget the words of
the Lord: “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from
thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good
fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad
fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear
good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their
fruits you will know them.” (Matthew 7.16-20).
fruits of Putin’s reign have been unequivocally evil. On every index of
social misfunction – suicide, alcoholism, child mortality, drug-taking –
Russia comes in the first or second place in the United Nations
rankings. This would be impossible if Russia were a truly Orthodox
country, a good fruit from a good tree. But in fact Putin has done
everything to demonstrate his and his regime’s roots in the ultra-evil
tree of Soviet power. The same applies to the Soviet church of the
Moscow Patriarchate. It has repented of none of its heresies; the moral
evil of its hierarchy – especially its homosexuality – is tolerated and
its practitioners promoted; True Orthodoxy is persecuted.
Phillips continues with the familiar KGB lies that Russia was invaded from Georgia
in 2008, and that in 2014 the “legitimate” authority of the Ukraine was
overthrown in a western coup. We will not dwell on these myths, since
they are not central to our ecclesiastical theme. More relevant are
these words of his: “Slandering and even destruction can come in two
other ways... The first is by infiltrating the renascent Christian
Empire with modernism, which is what individuals have been trying to do
in recent years and especially now with the divisive draft documents for
the Crete meeting of selected Orthodox bishops next June. The second
way is protesting against those unacceptable documents in a divisive and
even schismatic way, exactly as Metr Onufry of Kiev and others
predicted.” It is astonishing that Phillips thinks that modernism in
World Orthodoxy comes only from certain “selected Orthodox bishops” who
do not include his own patriarch. As if the meeting of the pope and the
patriarch were not modernism, and their joint communiqué not
“unacceptable” no less than any of the draft documents he mentions.
Evidently, leaving True Orthodoxy and joining the modernist MP and World
Orthodoxy has made Phillips a dyed-in-the-wool ecumenist!
But even Phillips cannot ignore the protests against his patriarch that have begun in his own false church, “with
several perhaps hot-headed priests in Moldova no longer commemorating
their bishops. Other individuals are following. We suggest that this is
an error. Two wrongs do not make a right. However understandable, the
far better method of protest is, as we have suggested, for monasteries
and parishes simply to petition their diocesan bishops stating that we
do not accept the draft documents and that if they are accepted in
Crete, we will tear them up, refusing to receive them.”
suggests that these non-commemorating priests are “hot-headed” and “in
error”, and then goes on to assert that “the temptation of
non-commemoration is a simplistic error of schismatic proportions”.
Logically speaking, he should say the same about all the hierarchs of
ROCOR throughout its history, declaring St. Philaret, who left the MP
and anathematized the whole of World Orthodoxy to be a hot-headed
schismatic, and St. John Maximovich, who bitterly repented of having
once commemorated Patriarch Alexis I, to have succumbed to “the
temptation of non-commemoration” But these were great men who were
capable of repentance and taught it to their right-believing flock.
Phillips is a turncoat who is now engaged in whitewashing the Pharisaic
KGB agents and ecumenist heretics whom he serves and who are destroying
what little is left of Holy Russia. Russia will indeed be resurrected,
as the true prophets proclaimed – but only when the people steadfastly
block their ears to the false prophets like Phillips who call evil good
and good evil, who hypocritically denounce the supposed perverters of
Orthodoxy while themselves promoting the neo-Soviet Anti-Christian
Empire and its Soviet puppet-church!
February 17 /March 1, 2016.
St. Hermogen, Patriarch of Moscow, who was martyred by the Latins in 1612.
(The Straight Path), February, 1992, p. 5; E. Polyakov, "Khronika
Tserkovnoj Zhizni v Yanvare-Fevrale 1992 g." (A Chronicle of Church Life
in January-February, 1992) (MS), p. 2.
Russkii Pastyr’, (Russian Pastor), №
30, I-1998, p. 86. Cf. Fr. Timothy Alferov, "Nekotorie uroki dvizhenia
'nepominaiushchikh' (Some Lessons of the Movement of the
Non-Commemorators), Russkii Pastyr' (Russian Pastor), № 19, II-1994, pp. 102-104.
A. Soldatov, "Obnovlenie ili obnovlenchestvo?" (Renovation or Renovationism?), Pravoslavnaia Rus'(Orthodox Russia), № 20 (1521), October 15/28, 1994, pp. 6-9; Service Orthodoxe de Presse (Orthodox Press Service), № 194, January, 1995, pp. 7-10 (F); V.N. Osipov, "Pravoslavnoe serdtse na vetru", Pravoslavnaia Rus'(Orthodox Russia), № 2 (1527), January 15/28, 1995, pp. 14-15.
Perepiolkina, Ekumenizm: Put’ k pogibeli, p. 205; from the Documents and Reports of the Council published by the MP in 1995, p. 191.