по сути он довольно-таки верный: самая главная проблема РПЦЗ(В-В) -- отсутствие официального исповедания веры; то исповедание, которое издал прот. Виктор Мелехов и Ко., авторы нижеследующего д-та (могу запостить и его, если кому интересно), -- правильное, именно такое, как нужно. перешедший в РПЦЗ(В-В) из Бостона прот. Виктор Мелехов -- единственный человек в РПЦЗ(В-В), имеющий опыт построения церковной политики вообще и церк. политики, основанной на православном исповедании веры, в частности.
то, что он пишет про опасность для РПЦЗ(В-В), если она потащится в хвосте у глупых русских националистов из Франции, -- разумеется, правда. не сомневаюсь, что о. Виктор найдет способ задвинуть их куда подальше; возможно, он даже найдет способ не потерять при этом храм-памятник в Брюсселе (что касается приходов в Париже, Лионе и Каннах, то их не жалко и потерять, т.к. сами по себе они малозначимы, а как семена они -- это уже доказано годами -- лишены какой бы то ни было всхожести; во Франции нужно французское православие, а не русский национализм).
это в плюс. но в минус -- то, что прот. Виктор Мелехов становится фактическим главой их церковной организации, да еще и в Канаде. почему это плохо -- кто знает, тот знает, а я не считаю нужным писать об этом здесь.
поэтому выражу здесь мое горячее пожелание вл. Сергию Кидьякову: если уж все равно началась у них там революция -- такой процесс, когда реформы начинают идти "снизу", без всякой инициативы епископата, -- то надо употребить самый надежный способ с нею бороться, а именно, ее возглавить; тогда и для о. Виктора найдется подходящее место в структуре церковной организации. объективно у вл. Сергия сейчас есть для этого все возможности, хотя нет никакого опыта подобных действий. но -- раз полез в епископы -- или уж учись действовать, или смирись с тем, что тебя выбросят на помойку.
если же вл. Сергий не сможет фактически возглавить РПЦЗ(В-В) уже в ближайшее время, то судьба этой церковной организации будет решена извне: прихожане и значительная часть недвижимости будут отжаты специальным прессом и распределены по другим церковным организациям, а все нынешнее начальство будет выброшено как жмых -- т.к. даже чачу из продукта такого сорта не сделаешь.
первый шаг, который можно ему посоветовать, -- издание собственного послание с повторением основных тезисов обоих документов о. Мелехова плюс братское увещание вл. Варнаве Каннскому.
An Appeal to the Clergy and Faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church
St. John Chrysostom
13/26 November 2002
Beloved in the Lord Vladikas, Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,
With great grief, we are obliged to bear witness regarding the
catastrophic condition of our Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (Russian
Orthodox Church in Exile).
A year has passed since the time of the dramatic events involving
Metropolitan Vitaly setting the soul-saving boundary with the
apostate false-brethren of the Synod of Archbishop Laurus. At that
time, the faithful children of the Russian Church Abroad responded to
Metropolitan Vitaly's call, instructing all to stand firmly against
the disastrous apostate course of uniting with the Moscow
Patriarchate and other ecumenist churches. In spite of his forced
announcement regarding his retirement, which could only be confirmed
at a lawful Sobor of Bishops, Metropolitan Vitaly, seeing the
catastrophic situation of the Church and hearing the pleas of the
true pastors and faithful, resumed his leadership of the Russian
Church Abroad, and called all of the faithful under his omophor.
Subsequently, the extra-ordinary Sobors held in November of 2001,
restored the hierarchy of the Russian Church Abroad, and witnessed
concerning their faithfulness to the true Orthodox confession of
The Sobor/Conference held in Mansonville, in December of 2001, turned
out to be a broader extra-ordinary Sobor of Bishops, which is clearly
confirmed by the signatures of all the hierarchs under its
resolutions. Here, a number of important decisions regarding the
confession of Faith and the canonical establishment of church life
were made. The resolution concerning the heretical ecclesiology of
Metropolitan Cyprian was accepted. The Church administration (ROCA-
ROCE) was organized. The Secretary and Treasurer were elected. The
Deans were appointed. All of the participants of this Sobor remember
the wonderful oneness of mind and soul which united all. In truth,
there was the Spirit of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Encouraged by his firm Orthodox confession, the faithful children of
the Russian Church, both in Russia and abroad, gathered under the
omophor of Metropolitan Vitaly. They fully expected the new Synod to
bring Church life back to order, since it was aware of the reasons
which led to the ruinous schism of Archbishop Laurus. The faithful
hopefully awaited a detailed confession of Faith as the foundation
for the rebirth and rebuilding of the Russian Church.
Alas, hardly any hope is now left. The situation is far from any
grandiose plans. It has come down to a fundamental level of
existence with the hope of saving perhaps a remnant of faithful,
whose numbers are diminishing daily. Our Church is presently
undergoing a severe crisis. We are not able to hide this grievous
truth. The situation is indeed catastrophic. In fact, our Church
Ship is presently without control and is being carried into a
complete fog to parts unknown.
Most significantly, this present condition and the reasons for its
cause, were foreseen and recorded by Metropolitan Vitaly in his
Spiritual Will which he provided as his Nativity Epistle for last
year. Metropolitan Vitaly wrote the following:
"Love of power is a great evil. Herod murdered children, in order
not to lose power. But, Our Lord Jesus Christ came to conquer us not
with power, but with love.
Modestly and imperceptibly, God became a man.
So, let us forsake the wretched examples of life, set aside all
pernicious sinful carnal desires in these Holy Days. And those, who
oppress us, let us render them to the judgment of the Lord; as far as
we are concerned, let us arm ourselves according to the word of Our
Savior: "In your patience gain ye your souls." (Luke: XXI, 19)
We live in such times, when they can kidnap me and in my name they
will begin to persuade you.
Let it be known to you, that from prison, I will not be persuading
Although the enemies of the Church were unable to kidnap Vladika
Metropolitan, they were able to imprison him and deny him his
freedom. This occurred quietly, without a scandalous and forceful
seizing. This was accomplished through Ludmilla Rosnianskaya. Mrs.
Rosnianskaya had made an agreement with Archbishop Laurus, where she
promised to bring Metropolitan Vitaly to Archbishop Laurus for his
control. Although Vladika Metropolitan refused to leave Canada with
Mrs. Rosnianskaya, the chief objective of Laurus' Synod (i.e., to
paralyze the activities of the Metropolitan as First-Hierarch, thus
blocking the establishment of our own Synod) was accomplished.
Under the guise of a concerned caretaker for the elder Metropolitan,
Mrs. Rosnianskaya lives next to the Metropolitan in the men's
monastery in Mansonville against canonical order (4th canon, 6th
Ecumenical Council, 18th canon, 7th Ecumenical Council). Using her
position, Mrs. Rosnianskaya impedes and hinders independent access
and communication with the Metropolitan.
However, what is most sorrowful, instead of removing such a
scandalous situation, and guarding the elder Metropolitan from such
destruction, our brethren in France (Vladika Varnava and his clergy)
only serve to strengthen Mrs. Rosnianskaya's position. Having
established an understanding with Mrs. Rosnianskaya, and using her
influence over the elder Metropolitan, the French clergy obtain
whatever decisions they deem necessary. Ruling, in this manner,
according to their own understanding of the needs of the Church,
they, apparently, do not realize that they are in the same camp with
Laurus' Synod and the other enemies of our Church, who use every
opportunity to ridicule and portray the elder Metropolitan as being
unstable, constantly changing his mind, changing decisions of
councils, and signing contradictory letters and documents.
In this manner, for example, the French clergy stopped Metropolitan
Vitaly's trip to Russia by convincing him to change the decision made
at the Sobor/Conference in April, 2002, in Mansonville. In
retrospect, it is difficult to assess the influence such a trip would
have had on Church life. Nonetheless, the arrival of the lawful
First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad (under the present
circumstances, in fact, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church) on
Russian soil would have, indeed, been significant. Alas, this
opportunity was lost, and this historical event did not take place.
Also, Archbishop Varnava and Archpriest Benjamin Joukov have impeded,
and continue to impede, the convening of a Sobor. They succeeded in
changing the date of the Sobor a total of three times. Finally, in
August, 2002, they insisted on the creation of a pre-Sobor committee,
the entire formation of which Archbishop Varnava took upon himself.
The committee's responsibility was to prepare for a Sobor. However,
now, three months later, even the date for the Sobor remains
unannounced, not to mention the agenda.
Because a Sobor has not been convened for an entire year, our Church
finds itself in a situation of canonical uncertainty. In fact, there
is no Synod, nor any lawful hierarchical rule. Complete chaos reigns
in Russia. This state was only compounded over the last year with
the problems of Archbishop Lazar and Bishop Benjamin, which could
have been avoided by convening a lawful Sobor.
However, the most serious problem is the wavering encountered
concerning issues requiring a confession of Faith. First and
foremost, this is in reference to the position taken by Archbishop
Varnava and the French clergy. The action of the Ukaze of November
8, 2001, regarding the cessation of relations with Cyprian of Fili
(signed by all our hierarchs, including Archbishop Varnava) was
stopped on November 20, 2001, through the initiative of Archbishop
Varnava. Then, the resolution of the Mansonville Sobor with a
detailed conclusion concerning the heretical ecclesiology of Cyprian
was signed by all the hierarchs, including Archbishop Varnava.
However, certain clergy, who are active defenders of Cyprian's heresy
(i.e., Protodeacon German 13th) called this resolution the local
opinion of the Canadian clergy, and Archbishop Varnava's signature
was referred to as a "misunderstanding." To date, no comment or
correction regarding this statement has been made by Vladika
Varnava. Therefore, it remains unclear. With whom is Archbishop
Varnava in agreement, the protodeacon in his diocese, or the
hierarchs and clergy of the ROCA (ROCE)?
Without an accurate confession of Faith, especially without a well-
grounded ecclesiological position, it becomes impossible to perceive
the reasons for Archbishop Laurus' schism. It becomes impossible to
correct all of the previous mistakes and deviations. Wavering on
such questions places the very existence of our Church as a part of
the Body of Christ in danger. Under such circumstances, how can one
begin to contemplate the rebirth and rebuilding of the Russian Church?
Because of this, first and foremost, it is most important for us
clearly confirm the confession of Faith of our Church.
We call on all the pastors and faithful of the Russian Church to
unite on the foundation of an Orthodox confession of Faith, and to
resist destructive tendencies. We ask everyone to renounce various
ambitions and vainglorious thoughts which stand in the way of
rebuilding the Church. We ask all to refrain from the dishonorable
act of taking advantage of the infirm and elder Metropolitan, but
rather try to seek his release from his evil imprisonment.
Only then will it become possible to think about the future
restoration of our Church. This can only be accomplished on a firm
foundation, a true Orthodox confession of Faith along with lawful,
Protopresbyter Victor Melehov
Russian Orthodox Church in Exile
Archpriest Joseph Sunderland
Dean of Western America
Russian Orthodox Church in Exile