The Moscow Patriarchate on August 8th, celebrated the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Butovo massacres. Butovo was a site of mass executions during the Great Terror, and many were shot in its area (20,000 or so, to many numbers). Numbered among those shot are Bolshevik activists and revolutionaries, film actress, and Sergianist clergy of different sorts; there were, also, True Orthodox Christians executed on this site, such as St. Arsenius of Serupkhov, and his companions. It is a place of great sorrow, and mixed bones; some righteous, some wicked, and some, it seems, that didn’t care to either, or so they thought.
However, the Moscow Patriarchate likes to highlight its own people; often times those who went along with Sergius, but, sadly, and predictably, were consumed by the very monster that they sought to serve. And, not surprisingly, the Sergianist organization in Moscow; that monster that seeks to deceive the world to no end, could often times never recognizes the martyrdoms of the true New Martyrs who confessed the true Faith against the heretical Sergius; the holy ones like St. Arsenius. And if, perhaps, they did, would this not be supreme irony? They canonize a man who called them heretics, schismatics, etc, yet, care not a wit for his doctrines of them? Indeed, the holiness of some was so great it was impossible to hide, such as St. Victor of Vyatka, and others, who lie in a Sergianist controlled cathedral.
The words of Sergius Kanaev on the ‘selective’ canonization, are important: “In the report of
the President of the Synodal Commission for the canonisation of the saints,
Metropolitan Juvenal (Poiarkov), the criterion of holiness adopted… for
Orthodox Christians who had suffered during the savage persecutions was clearly
and unambiguously declared to be submission ‘to the lawful leadership of the
Church’, which was Metropolitan Sergius and his hierarchy. With such an
approach, the holiness of the ‘Sergianist martyrs’ was incontestable. The
others were glorified or not glorified depending on the degree to which they ‘were
in separation from the lawful leadership of the Church’. Concerning those who
were not in agreement with the politics of Metropolitan Sergius, the following
was said in the report: ‘In the actions of the “right” oppositionists, who are
often called the “non-commemorators”, one cannot find evil-intentioned,
exclusively personal motives. Their actions were conditioned by their
understanding of what was for the good of the Church’. In my view, this is
nothing other than blasphemy against the New Martyrs and a straight apology for
Sergianism. With such an approach the consciously Sergianist Metropolitan
Seraphim (Chichagov), for example, becomes a ‘saint’, while his ideological
opponent Metropolitan Joseph of Petrograd, who was canonized by our Church, is not
glorified. For us another fact is also important, that Metropolitan Seraphim
was appointed by Sergius (Stragorodsky) in the place of Metropolitan Joseph,
who had been ‘banned’ by him.” (Report given to the ROCOR Synod, 2001)
Discuss this Post in our Forum or Comment Below.