Monday, August 2, 2010
The First Commitment (An Open Letter To Fr. Andrew Phillips & All Clerics Of ROCOR)
At the outset of this correspondence, I will emphatically underscore, that I am faithful to the Moscow Patriarchate and the ROC.
That does not mean, by any means, I favor the balkanization of voices not in the nikodimite mode, nor do I appreciate the lack of general honesty and respect for Russian Orthodox Traditionalists that the current Patriarch exhibits.
Many times people speak up and say Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeev is somehow a creature of his own caprices, not beholden to anyone, not bearing any authority, not in any way an executive operative of the patriarchal administration.
It is as if you all in ROCOR are trying to lie to yourselves in the hopes that you won't be exposed for being incapable of dealing with reality. No, Metropolitan Alfeev (And I do intentionally underscore the surname of this Renovationist and ecumenist, Uniate heretic) is AN OFFICIAL SPOKESPERSON FOR THE PATRIARCHATE. I reiterate, his words are APPROVED AND SUPPORTED BY THE PATRIARCH AND HIS VARIANCE WITH PATRISTIC AND CANONICAL ORTHODOXY IS THE "NEW DIRECTION" A NIKODIMITE PATRIARCHATE SEEKS TO INSTILL. He is not autonomous, is not some "optional" voice we may ignore if we so choose. He is not a flamboyant crank, but a mainstream and malignant official sent as an emissary to "the city and the world" from the offices in the Danilov Monastery.
It is a travesty that anyone either believe otherwise or deceive others into believing in the fiction of his "autonomous" sectarianism.
Such brazen deceit is beneath contempt and, frankly, REPUGNANT issuing from a cleric whose chief responsibility is to shepherd his flock and form them in the tradition of holiness and Truth in the hope of salvation in Christ Jesus.
That is your first commitment, and it cannot be compromised. Let me restate that. Your first commitment is to Truth and to safeguarding your flock in that Truth so that they be formed in the Faith of the Fathers and enhypostasized in Christ in the Holy Spirit in the saving enclosure of His Church.
This means that the flock needs to be shepherded from FALSE PASTORS. When someone equates the "sacraments" of heretics with those of the True Church, he speaks words of blasphemy. This is not a matter of opinion. When someone readies unia with Rome, he is an apostate and an heretic. The nikodimite, patriarchal administration feverishly rushes to quell those who rise in dissent against this sectarianism and dares to malign Elders and Orthodox Traditionalists as being somehow "fanatics" or "charlatans" or an "ignorant fringe of superstitious (im-)piety" for upholding the Faith of the Holy Fathers and insisting on conciliar life and enforcement of the Holy Canons. This is precisely the attitude of Patriarch Kirill in regard to those who are opposed to this H-E-R-E-T-I-C and his "personal opinions."
Thus, how "official" are "his personal opinions" and what motivates his barehaeaded teaching of heresy is what ROCOR (The entire ROC) should be concerned with.
You English have a peculiarly overstated regard for your institutions of higher learning, one which acts to stifle and quash even Truth when it does not correspond to this sacrosanct English college or that all-hallowed British university. Such incestuous lack of scruple in appreciating in real terms, and not in some groupthink of "superstitious awe," the inadequacy and POOR EDUCATION that these dogmatically LIBERAL institutions offer is precisely why faustian temptations and petty characters, who would be derided as scoundrels in former times, are dominating the ROC today and leading many astray with the sectarianism of this Nikodimite Patriarchate. Emissary of the "crypto-Uniate" EP, Metropolitan Ware, hierofeminist and renovationist extraordinaire and also rabid PLAGIARIST where he is relevent, is neither a sine non qua of "acceptible Orthodoxy" and "polite Orthodox dialogue." His WCC advocacy and participation has resulted in a proposed Christianity of Christ as an "Ishtadeva" in some syncretistic pantheon of all faiths, where the Scriptures must be pruned to remove "scriptural fundamentalism" and where the "bigotry of conversion" must be fought to preserve the "integrity of sister faiths and a common ecclesiastical reality, ie church." Anything else, he has tried by credential to deface with ecumenist innuendo and silence condescendingly with "checking for passports" to exclude the voices of not only Orthodox Traditionalists, but the Fathers and Holy Canons themselves.
Such an ecumenist bully establishes his faith not in Orthodoxy, but in the "church" known as the WCC. That is not Orthodoxy, but its cooption and overthrow, and his calls for "polite and measured dialogue," while intentionally ignoring Orthodox Traditionalism and those devoted to Patristic teaching is by no means polite, but, patently offensive and boldly authoritarian in its trappings of "Orthodox establishment." Such is the way of the Uniate and sectarian, of Arius and Isidore.
Metropolitan Ware is the man who formed the spiritually depraved Alfeev in the "faith."
All the while, your "magisterium" of English higher learning, in your lost misappraisal, somehow present in the education offered in your schools, has emptied your churches, bred impiety and turned England into not only a secular nation, but a rabidly anti-Christian one. Anti-Christian hate and activism, persecution, is a societal institution in England and one propagated in the West as a result of the mythology of the infallible authority of your "elite" institutions. The likes of a Professor Dawkins or a Christopher Hitchens are precisely the doctrinaire products of your FREEMASONIC British "higher education." Your hateful institutions are latter-day commissariates of the League of Militant Godlessness and your country as irreligious as Lenin's Soviet Union BY CHOICE RATHER THAN BY IMPOSITION.
So your "lettered" vandals cross the Atlantic and bring their religion of "awe and wonder of British colleges," and their EVIL relativism, syncretism, higher criticism and impiety come here, having poisoned faith in your homeland and created cadres of intolerance, godlessness in your public squares.
Thus Fr. Steenberg comes here with his sectarian awe of himself and his British education, for his ministry has collapsed in Britain as a result of impiety and the hubris of British letters, their ultimate irreconcilable cacodoxy with the Truth of Christ's Church. So, too, Fr. Meletios Weber hawking Latin, heretical, mystical texts in the name of St. John of San Francisco. It would be tiresome British boorishness and asinine self-appraisal and self-glorfication in a cult of appanage to Oxford and Cambridge if souls were not at stake. This is what you seem to lose sight of in your wanton self-estimation: souls are at stake.
Of course, in ROCOR, you all have a Metropolitan who enjoys freemasonic compromises and photo-ops, your mediocrity approves of the Iscariotism of the likes of a Fr. Lebedeff and your Matushkas read Lancelot Andrews as St. John of Kronstadt or St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite are "bigotted and insufficiently interesting," for "no one seems to have gotten anywhere calling someone an heretic." No the era of the Seven Ecumenical Councils was a total failure to appreciate the sectarian musings (vapid ignorance) of a Fr. Perekrestov.
Was it really that the Seven Ecumenical Councils were "bigotted, anti-Evangelical events" or is it that Fr. Perekrestov and his matushka are inherently failures as Orthodox Christians and forego Orthodox piety for an echo coming from a "comprehensive" hiero-sodomite institution? Archbishop Kirill of San Francisco and his "clutching for a relevance" in ecumenist photo ops tends to reinforce the latter assertion.
Alas, the times in which we live represent a grave, spiritual peril so granting license to some sort of ultramontane, patriarchal administration is not a matter of "duty to Faith, Tsar and Fatherland." Unia and ecumenism do not save, but imperil and condemn souls. The Patriarchate under +Kirill has taken this direction and Alfeev is a herald of it. In other words, persecution has been announced of Patristic Orthodoxy. It is as real as Lenin's or Khruschev's "war with the Church and its superstition."
You in ROCOR are either too unconcerned or too mediocre to do much more than blink. You are complicit in this great evil when you make excuses for the nikodimite, patriarchal administration or underscore that Metropolitan Alfeev is some sort of Oxford scholar, presenting a "dissenting" voice, with the implication there being legitimacy to his "variant, theological opinion."
There is the Faith of the Fathers, and there is error, apostasy. The one is the life in the Holy Spirit, the other blasphemy of that life and condemnation. The two are not equivalent and cannot be reconciled.
Barlaam would have been a doctor of philosophy in his era, but is none the more a propagator of error, blasphemy, while his "erudition" is a curse, rather than some sort of "standard of authenticity," save for being authentically hubritic, impious and spiritual death.
Not without reason has Elder Raphael on Mt. Athos, formerly of Valaam, called us to prepare the mechanisms for judgement of impiety and apostasy, for the "Russian church may be lost," and as a result it is "inadequate to say Moscow stands behind us." The response of the Patriarchate has been to deride the "sectarianism" and "rebelliousness" of "fanatics, self-appointedly upholding the Faith of the Holy Fathers." Impiety, draconian repression and Renovationist-Uniate message discipline-all the very reasons why a Nikodimite Patriarchate was greeted with concern and doubt by sober Traditionalists when your ROCOR Bishops voted for its advent. Heretics like Fr. Lebedeff (He too holds the "sacraments" of heretics have grace) made it possible by providing impious men like +Kirill with "accomplishments." A man who is a modern day composite of Nikon and Ipatius Potij and Fr. Sergius Bulgakov is already a compromised character in terms of his "Orthodoxy," notwithstanding his office.
Your ersatz and clumsy "dictatorship of a mediocre dukhovenstvo" is not a traditional expression of Russian Orthodox sobornost: it's even a failed, sectarian paternalism as you are emptying churches. It must be remembered that the clergy have betrayed the Holy Faith before and engaged in impieties, willingly participating in the White Treason of February. The Russian church endorsed the freemasonic coup which led to the removal of Tsar Martyr Nicholas II as lawful sovereign of all the Russias to curry favor with luciferian freemasons (acting in pleibescite to the BFO), who assumed control of the Russian government as usurpers. They were as much responsible for the horrors which befell Russia as the Bolshevik reaction which swept them from power, for their White treason rose its hand against Russia's anointed sovereign and inaugurated the era of revolution.
It must be remembered that sobornost not only was the operative mechanism behind the Zemsky Sobor which established the Romanov dynasty in 1613, but also the mechanism behind the Orthodox Brotherhoods battling apostasy, heresy, Unia in Polish occupied Rus'. Sobornost is not in any way, an "institution of malcontent and rebellion," but of LEGITIMACY AND ORTHODOX CONFESSORSHIP, expressing a nexus of the Truth of the Church Militant indelibly united with Church Triumphant and saving the People of God in Christ Jesus. Sobornost' is the Orthodox Way. It is Russian Orthodoxy.
Elder Raphael has seen the peril of Nikodimite control of the patriarchate, is not so dismissive of the "innocuousness" of heresy and apostasy bareheadedly preached (LITERALLY!) by the "official representative of the Moscow Patriarchate." The Elder calls us to sobriety, podvig, and to be ready for persecution and, perhaps even martyrdom. He confesses Orthodoxy in affirmation of the Russian Orthodox way and not as some "superstitious fanatic" or "sectarian rebel."
I would not insist on Greek Old Calendarism or Old Believerism as a response to the peril of our time (I discourage such ecclesiologies as much in error as ecumenism and Unia), but, rather, preparation for conciliar condemnation of even the Patriarch and his Uniate, ecumenist administration, voiced by a Pomestny Sobor. I encourage the formation of Orthodox Brotherhoods and Societies of Orthodox Traditionalist piety.
The hour is late while the Russian renewal is being subverted for the Vatican agenda and WCC money. Such betrayal of Christ has not been witnessed since the thirty silvers of Judas Iscariot.
One can be loyal to the Patriarchate and act to safeguard the institution, while readying the case behind condemnation of a sectarian Patriarch. One must be. Let us not fall into some ultramontane temptation and ratify apostasy because it is preached beneath a miter. Let us be prepared to forthrightly reject false pastors and establish Traditional Orthodoxy, even in ecclesiastical administration, as the basis for further Russian Orthodox renewal.
We must be prepared to call heretics like Metropolitan Alfeev to account and bring him to the condemnation of the Russian Orthodox church. His Oxford education is not at all any indemnification against the anathema of his doctrine and that of his confederates and, ultimately, his patron.
Lest denunciations of "Diomidism" begin to whistle from the lips of the mediocre and establishmentarians of ROCOR and the ROC, it is reemphasized that the Pomestny Sobor act to depose those who dare to preach heresy in the Russian Orthodox Church, not one cathedra standing against another (or all). Sobornost expresses the voice of the Holy Spirit, especially when Russian Eldership calls for the Sobor and guides the deliberation in the Uncreated Light of the Holy Fathers. It is in this Sobornost particularly, and not so much your vaunted "officialdom," where authentic Orthodoxy is established and the Church is to be found, the Holy and beloved Truth of the Fathers affirmed and the Canons enforced. It is the way of the Holy Spirit's pastorship of His Church, for He is with us even now.
He is with us.
Thus, you have a first commitment in ROCOR to the Truth, to Christ, and to the People of God being saved in His Church. Deceit and intentionally shifting attention from the great spiritual upheaval in the works is not only inadequate, but a rebellion against Christ and the canonical order of His Church. Ratifying the presence of a freemasonic Metropolitan in your own ROCOR to act with impunity is a disgrace and act of betrayal of Christ, for what part hath Christ with Lucifer?
My blog, Tserkovnye Vekhi, will share the call of Elder Raphael to rise to defend the Orthodoxy of the Russian church, her renewal in the Russian Orthodox Tradition, reaffirmation of conciliar statements and confessions of Orthodox fidelity condemning Unia, Renovationism and Ecumenism as soul destroying heresies in the Tikhonite and "Sergian" eras, in such wise calling for a local council. We reject freemasonic clerics like your ROCOR Metropolitan and Renovationist Nikodimites advancing Unia and blasphemous mysteriologies and ecumenist ecclesiologies. RUSSIAN ORTHODOXY WILL NOT STAND FOR IT.
Nor will it further tolerate the betrayal by silence of ROCOR clerics deceiving the flock in this faustian era of ROCOR's demise inaugurated by your tolerated (intolerable)heretic, Fr. Alexander Lebedeff.
Orthodoxia i Thanatos! (Voiced by the Holy Martyrs of Zographou in resistance to the Union of Lyons, not by any means "at odds" with Orthodoxy as those not fully formed in the Orthodox Tradition have dared to maintain.)
Rostislav Mikhailovich Malleev-Pokrovsky