How do you believe the fragments can be united, when some are so reluctant to understand other people’s point of view?
It may not be polite to quote such a line in a religious publication, but after I read those lines, I immediately thought Yesenin was writing about Laurus, Mark, Hilarion and all those turncoats who in just such a manner, “hitched up their pants” and shamelessly ran after the sergianists. You could not say it better. They ran trying to outdo each other, having forgotten any shame or conscience, and concerned only with who could serve the MP people better. Everything that was professed over the decades disappeared, the wickedness suddenly became goodness. As if sergianstvo and ecumenism never existed.
Metropolitan Agafangel correctly noted in his “Live Journal,” that they now embody all the falsehood which the Moscow Patriarchate has contained and continues to contain. And why? Because there was no repentance and there is still none. And waiting for it now makes no sense.
Metropolitan Agafangel aptly recalled the words of Metropolitan Philaret from 40 years ago, about the dead rat at the bottom of the Patriarchate barrel of honey. This dead rat at the bottom of the barrel exists. It is not possible for our former brothers not to see it or not understand it. As a result, they have completely lost, willingly mind you, all claims on the legacy of the diaspora. When they claim to represent the Church Abroad, it is an outright, brazen usurpation of the title.
It is worthwhile to note that Patriarch Tikhon’s ukase was not only far-sighted, but also prescient. In fact, he foresaw the situation which he certainly did not expect when signing the ukase. The Patriarch could not anticipate that the conditions would continue to this very day. The ukase became a timeless guide, though it was considered a temporary measure. The Church Abroad in a way has outgrown its own purpose. It was the Church of the émigrés, the Church of those who had been forced out by war, by military campaigns and was cut off from its center. Now it has taken on a completely different status.
Once again one hears, even among the fragments, that it is about time to understand that the ukase is outdated, that it has outlived its purpose and so on. That is the same song I first heard at the Bishops Council in 1994, when Bishop Mark spoke. He said the Soviet regime had fallen and the ukase was not applicable in the given circumstances. Many were at a loss for words and did not know how to answer such a deceitful idea. Afterwards, slowly but surely, the more sound and powerful émigrés were pushed out and broken. Then the scandalous affair of the forcing out of Metropolitan Vitaliy occurred, which opened the way for betrayal and the betrayers. But it was not possible to fool and corrupt the entire Church. It was not possible to destroy the Church Abroad. And it is not possible to this day.