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Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus. Outside the Church there is no salvation, because salvation is the Church. For salvation is the revelation of the way for everyone who believes in Christ's name. This revelation is to be found only in the Church. In the Church, as in the Body of Christ, in its theanthropic organism, the mystery of incarnation, the mystery of the "two natures," indissolubly united, is continually accomplished. -Fr. Georges Florovsky

ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΙΑ Ή ΘΑΝΑΤΟΣ!

ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΙΑ Ή ΘΑΝΑΤΟΣ!
§ 20. For our faith, brethren, is not of men nor by man, but by revelation of Jesus Christ, which the divine Apostles preached, the holy Ecumenical Councils confirmed, the greatest and wisest teachers of the world handed down in succession, and the shed blood of the holy martyrs ratified. Let us hold fast to the confession which we have received unadulterated from such men, turning away from every novelty as a suggestion of the devil. He that accepts a novelty reproaches with deficiency the preached Orthodox Faith. But that Faith has long ago been sealed in completeness, not to admit of diminution or increase, or any change whatever; and he who dares to do, or advise, or think of such a thing has already denied the faith of Christ, has already of his own accord been struck with an eternal anathema, for blaspheming the Holy Ghost as not having spoken fully in the Scriptures and through the Ecumenical Councils. This fearful anathema, brethren and sons beloved in Christ, we do not pronounce today, but our Savior first pronounced it (Matt. xii. 32): Whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. St. Paul pronounced the same anathema (Gal. i. 6): I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another Gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you, than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. This same anathema the Seven Ecumenical Councils and the whole choir of God-serving fathers pronounced. All, therefore, innovating, either by heresy or schism, have voluntarily clothed themselves, according to the Psalm (cix. 18), ("with a curse as with a garment,") whether they be Popes, or Patriarchs, or Clergy, or Laity; nay, if any one, though an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Thus our wise fathers, obedient to the soul-saving words of St. Paul, were established firm and steadfast in the faith handed down unbrokenly to them, and preserved it unchanged and uncontaminate in the midst of so many heresies, and have delivered it to us pure and undefiled, as it came pure from the mouth of the first servants of the Word. Let us, too, thus wise, transmit it, pure as we have received it, to coming generations, altering nothing, that they may be, as we are, full of confidence, and with nothing to be ashamed of when speaking of the faith of their forefathers. - Encyclical of the Holy Eastern Patriarchs of 1848

За ВѢру Царя И Отечество

За ВѢру Царя И Отечество
«Кто еси мимо грядый о нас невѣдущиiй, Елицы здѣ естесмо положены сущи, Понеже нам страсть и смерть повѣлѣ молчати, Сей камень возопiетъ о насъ ти вѣщати, И за правду и вѣрность къ Монарсѣ нашу Страданiя и смерти испiймо чашу, Злуданьем Мазепы, всевѣчно правы, Посѣченны зоставше топоромъ во главы; Почиваемъ въ семъ мѣстѣ Матери Владычнѣ, Подающiя всѣмъ своимъ рабомъ животь вѣчный. Року 1708, мѣсяца iюля 15 дня, посѣчены средь Обозу войсковаго, за Бѣлою Церковiю на Борщаговцѣ и Ковшевомъ, благородный Василiй Кочубей, судiя генеральный; Iоаннъ Искра, полковникъ полтавскiй. Привезены же тѣла ихъ iюля 17 въ Кiевъ и того жъ дня въ обители святой Печерской на семъ мѣстѣ погребены».
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Beneath Contempt ( A Second Open Letter To Fr. Andrew Phillips & The Clerics Of ROCOR)

Otche Blagoslovite.

It has now been nearly a month since my initial correspondence to you. You have as yet not responded. On your website, Orthodox England, you have felt it necessary to provide your readers with a Russian history lesson and a list of Russian freemasons, which curiously omits many of the ne'er thee wells of the last Duma as well as the Provisional Government and Army, not to mention the former Imperial House, viz. the "Nikolaevichi" and "Vladimirovichi." Pathetically, you also fail to mention YOUR OWN Metropolitan in that list and his Latin American "concordats" which have resulted in certain "juridicial advantages" for a ROCOR unwanted and morally compromised in the eyes of Latin American believers.

But you do make one curious statement which reads roughly, "Of course, it is well known that the freemasons were responsible for the overthrow of the Russian monarchy." Then you leave it at that. No mention of Arthur Ransome's DIRECTED role in the Rasputin slander of the Holy New Martyr Tsarina Alexandra and the martyred Tsarevny, DIRECTED BY AMBASSADOR BUCHANAN AND THE BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE (BFO). You curiously fail to mention how that BFO directed the strikes and Duma reaction to them in those days of late february. You fail to mention that that BFO essentially appointed the "provisional" (USURPER!) governments, be they that of Lvov or especially that of Kerensky. You fail to mention that that BFO encouraged the "dual rule" which transpired as a result of the February White Treason and had a hand in the various soviets as well as their orchestration of an "arrangement" with Lenin and the Bolsheviks as a result of the "July Days" of the FREEMASON AND TRAITOR (The Bolsheviks were ARMED by Kerensky at the suggestion of Arthur Ransome through the BFO), General Kornilov. You also curiously fail to mention that the White Movement was started by these same Russian freemasons and that they WERE IN NO WAY INTERESTED IN RESTORING THE LEGITIMATE RULER OF ALL THE RUSSIAs, BUT WERE, FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES, ATTEMPTING TO ORGANIZE A WESTERN FREEMASONIC PLEIBESCITE AGAINST THE BOLSHEVIKS, WHO VACILLATED BETWEEN BRITISH & PRUSSIAN PATRONAGE. After all, Arthur Ransome relayed intelligence to the Bolsheviks and Trotsky at the behest of the BFO, in turn receiving intelligence on Prussian activities in Russia. Arthur Ransome, who was so ever present at meetings of Bolshevik soviets, even in the aftermath of the April Theses of 1917.

Perhaps, you weren't so fully aware of these things and the role of your VILE nation, Britain, a nation increasingly GODLESS BY POPULAR VOLITION and a pioneer in the "renunciation of baptism" movement poisoning the "New Europe," in the savagery and atrocities YOUR GOVERNMENT SET IN MOTION on Russian soil. Or is guilt for the martyrdom of old Russia something you wish to "politely ignore"?! How +Kallistos Ware of you. Enough of your cowardice and presumption. You have entered the Russian church and are beholden TO THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX people and not vice versa. YOU WILL NOT IGNORE THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX PEOPLE IN DIASPORA OR TREAT THEM WITH CONTEMPT. HOW DARE YOU?!

Did you miss that the Russian church hierarchy GREETED FEBRUARY AND TRIED TO INGRATIATE ITSELF TO THE VARIOUS PROVISIONAL, "WHITE" (FREEMASONIC!) GOVERNMENTS OR THAT YOUR OWN METROPOLITAN IS AT VERY LEAST "ASSOCIATED WITH THE CRAFT" IN LATIN AMERICA?! Is it not BENEATH CONTEMPT to have a Metropolitan associated with the VERY PEOPLE you admit responsible for the Russian February Revolution and the horrors that befell Russia in its aftermath?! Is it not BENEATH CONTEMPT to allow a person COMPROMISED BY LUCIFERIAN ASSOCIATIONS to be your ruling hierarch without so much as a dot of spittle from your refined and "traditionalist" ROCOR "loyal opposition"?! Or is worship of Lucifer "a perfectly acceptible English avocation" in "some circles"?!

Moreover, have you managed to notice that the ROCOR website, managed by such (in-)credible Judases as Fr. Seraphim Gan, Fr. Alexander Lebedev, and Bishop Jerome (The former Fr. John Shaw, who, AFTER OVER FORTY YEARS AND EPISCOPAL CONSECRATION, STILL HAS NOT BEEN BAPTIZED IN THE ORTHODOX CHURCH, the UNA SANCTA. Since when did ROCOR adopt the WCC's BEM?!) has perpetuated your folly with wrath, albeit with more honesty. Metropolitan Alfeev's odious and sectarian FILTH is something they cherish there, calling him their "beloved Metropolitan Ilarion." It seems they want to distinguish between their freemasonic Hilarion and their crypto-Uniate, Renovationist, HERETIC "Ilarion." They do so ever enjoy parading images of photo opportunities between Anglican HIEROSODOMITES and your ROCOR Archbishop of San Francisco. The images that stirs of the "faithful" he ministers are appallingly inappropriate. Is this his "Christian concession" to "San Francisco values"?! The ROCOR site even relishes photo ops with a pretender to the Throne of All the Russias, whose direct ancestors were freemasons and at the gates of the Winter Palace in 1917, threatening the Tsarevich, the Tsarina and the Tsarevny. It seems they like association with such unrepentent ENEMIES OF THE RUSSIAN MONARCHY AND THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE. After all, the Grabbes and Rodziankos were/are "esteemed" churchmen of ROCOR, are they not?! Or is Fr. Potapov's matushka "not to blame" for pursuing the SAME COURSE OF BETRAYAL AND MARTYRDOM OF RUSSIA her grandfather perpetrated with abandon and revolutionary fervour?

Where is your "history lesson" for them, Father?

I personally attended seminary with the man who is now Fr. Seraphim Gan. He was a boy then fresh out of high school, all of eighteen years when he entered. I noticed then a proclivity to slavish fealty to the various cliques which surround ROCOR hierarchs and their "agendas" along with a thorough awe of Russian officialdom, often at the expense of even a modicum of understanding of fundamental Orthodoxy or Russian history. At that time, when Jordanville was still baiting the "Paris school" (Which you still perpetuate), this FRAUD, who was to become Fr. Seraphim Gan, "cultivated" by a certain hierarchical clique, found it so very "Russian" and "sophisticated" to "try" to ruminate on the "Russian theology" of Fr. Sergius Bulgakov, Nicholas Berdiaev, Anton Kartashev and other personae of the Paris school, always failing to mention its more sober representatives like Archimandrite Kiprian (Kern) and speaking with disdain for traditionally Orthodox churchmen like Fr. Georges Florovsky and Vladimir Lossky, who at one time or another had some association with the Institute of Saint Sergius. When it was brought to his attention on occasion that Fr. Bulgakov and his teaching was condemned by ROCOR and the MP as HERETICAL, Fr. Gan found that to be "typical" of the "old school" and intimated its "boorish lack of enlightenment" in hushed conversation. Witnessing where he has piloted ROCOR's website has only confirmend appreciation for the contempt this cleric has for Russian Orthodox traditional theologians and traditional Russian Orthodoxy.

His grandfather, being of a confessor temperament, would disown this Judas as a bareheaded Renovationist, something which he considered even more vile than a "sergianist." Alas, his grandson has demonstrated his esteem for TRUE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX THEOLOGY AND TRADITIONALISM. Sic transit gloria mundi.

Curiously, where has your "variance" with the ROCOR website and certain ROCOR "personae" been, Fr. Phillips? Where were your words when Fr. Lebedev UNILATERALLY vacated the decisions of the San Francisco ROCOR sobor, which predicated reunion with the Patriarchate only after ecumenical activity was renounced and cessation of participation in the WCC called upon to be permanent?! Why did you not cite your "traditional Orthodoxy" and "fidelity to the Russian historical church" then?! Where are your words today when your Archbishop Arndt is praying with heretics and also pursuing freemasonic associations in the "New Europe"?!

To be an Orthodox cleric and yet so disingenuous and dishonest is, frankly, beneath contempt, but ever so +Kallistos Ware in modus operandi, quite dishonestly English.

Of course, by now you have become aware of Elder Raphael's call to act to safeguard the Russian church from (neo-)Unia and the Nikodimite orientation which is threatening Russian Orthodox renewal and perverting it as this correspondence is typed. Why is it you choose to ignore it in your +Kallistos Warean "confessorship"?! Why is it you choose to ignore that the HERETICAL Metropolitan of Volokolamsk has been instructed to advance the RENOVATIONIST agenda of the "Eighth Ecumenical Council" with the UNIATIZING EP, an agenda which includes not only an imprimatur for the New Calendar but a new paschalion, recognition of "papal primacy," formal adoption of "Two Lungs Ecclesiology" (Wasn't this condemned at the 2000 Moscow Sobor as "unacceptible and heretical ecumenism"?!), recognition of Latin "sacraments," second and third marriages for Priests and even Bishops, and the list goes on and on?! Perhaps, your +Kallistos Wareanism and its intentional deception and hypocrisy finds comfort in this orientation and its celebration by the ROCOR website. After all, it would allow you to not jettison your Anglican baggage (along with your Bishop Jerome and your Archbishop Arndt), would it not and be a triumph of the "comprehensiveness" of your (former?) Anglican "denomination"?!

Tell us, Father, how you reacted to the deposition of Bishop Diomid and condemnation of his anti-ecumenism by your European ROCOR Bishops, who then proceeded to vote for the election of a Nikodimite and his curia to rule the Moscow Patriarchate?! Perhaps, the neo-Nikonianism inherent in such betrayal of Russian Orthodoxy is what attracted you to silence and "appreciating the foresight and propriety" of such Iscariotism.

Tell us, Father, have you ever encountered the Russian expression "GOD IS NOT MOCKED!"?!

No, Father, your deception and BETRAYAL of Orthodoxy, historical Russian Orthodoxy in this instance, is beneath contempt.

These correspondences are being addressed to you, Father, for you presume to "wear the mantle" of Orthodox Traditionalism in the New ROCOR. While, your fellow ROCOR clergy are also addressed in commensurate condemnation of their betrayal of Orthodoxy in a spiritual counterfeit they are perpetrating with you. Your lack of shame, of honesty, of fundamental Christian decency is hatefully beneath contempt; while the ROCOR flock is being informed of YOUR COMPLICITY in the Nikodimite ruin that is overshadowing the Russian church today.

You, Father, along with those clergy who walk your path of betrayal with you, will not relish reformation of the Orthodox Church. You will be held to account and stopped.

Of course, an explanation for your willful betrayal of Christ's Church and the Russian local church would be appreciated. Perhaps an understanding as to why your "Traditionalism" lacks such consistency and why the Anglican petticoat shows even upon a cursory examination of your misdeeds. Please explain for the ROCOR faithful (and those of the Russian church as a whole) just what exactly you are trying to accomplish with your "confessorship." Can it be that your "sin by silence" is something not fully understood and appreciated even by yourself?!

Do tell us, Father. Do condescend from your Warean perch to enlighten the "unwashed" (Yet Bishop Jerome celebrates he truly is unwashed?!) and explain to us the contradictions inherent in your "Orthodox pastorship."

Perhaps, your fellow ROCOR clerics can also explain why they tolerate freemasonry establishing itself amongst the ROCOR higher clergy and their acceptance of the Alfeev-Lebedev neo-Mysteriology and its accompanying ecclesiology.

They are your contemporary St. Cyprians of Carthage it seems.

That is, of course, when you can emancipate yourself of the notion that you are "above the Russian Orthodox flock" and "don't have to answer to them."

No, Father, in a good year, your silence and haughtiness would be a disgrace to Russian Orthodox clerics and a statement of false "traditionalism," but in this Nikodimite season of neo-Unia, you and those ROCOR clerics with you have become reminiscent of the handful at Brest in 1596 who proclaimed a "submission to the Holy Father" they had already made in 1595 at the behest of the Polish crown.

The holy memory of such Russian confessors as St. Athanasius of Brest and St. Germogen of Moscow sits in judgement of those ROCOR "traditionalists" like yourself. Perhaps, you might mention them in your next Warean "history lesson" and explain to us why the House of Romanov was chosen to rule Russia in 1613 in the face of Polish attempts at conquest and unia.

This correspondence is written, Father, for the benefit of the Russian flock that they see you and your compatriots for who they are, that they begin appreciating the threat your quiet betrayals and ommissions foreshadow. You ROCOR clerics are betraying Orthodox Russia and the Russian land and people in your feigned "traditionalism."

ORTHODOXIA I THANATOS! (Have you encountered the Lives of the Holy Martyrs of Zographou yet?)

Rostislav Mikhailovich Malleev-Pokrovsky, Tserkovnye Vekhi Blog

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