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Truth and Mercy: The Twentieth Century is At Last Over

The chimes of Big Ben. London speaking. This is the BBC. Here is the news at 6.00 pm on Wednesday 15 March 2017.

The conflagration that was spread by Western invasions and occupations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and the former Ukraine since the start of the calendar millennium is now extinguished. All these countries are now at peace, as new members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). This brings the total number of its member-countries to 33, not including newly-united Korea, Japan, China, India and Thailand, which are still only associate members and await accession next year. Their accession will mean that over 35% of the world population will belong to the EEU, which was only founded three years ago.

Its members, in order of accession, are: The Russian Empire (formerly the Russian Federation), Kazakhstan, Belarus (the three founder-members), Novorossiya (in Soviet and capitalist times known as southern and eastern Ukraine), Malorossiya (in Soviet and capitalist times known as central and northern Ukraine), Carpathian Rus or Ruthenia (known in Soviet and capitalist times as Transcarpathian Ukraine), Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tadjikistan. Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Serbia, Montenegro, Moldova, Bulgaria, Georgia, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Macedonia, Iran, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Meanwhile in Berlin, the German Chancellor has complained about the presence of thousands of refugee CIA spies and mercenaries in Galicia and the huge cost for Germany of denazifying and absorbing bankrupt Galicia (formerly north-western Ukraine, formerly Poland, formerly part of Austria-Hungary) into the ageing EU population. (We remind our listeners that the EU offices in Brussels were closed and demolished after the transfer of the EU bureaucracy to Berlin nine months ago, following the collapse of the Belgian government and the division of its territory between France, the Netherlands and Germany).

In strike-bound Paris the elderly and ill French Socialist President has in mitigation pointed out that several poorer countries, Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, had all left the ailing EU to join the Eurasian Economic Union. He also pleaded with Berlin for loans of 40 billion euros to prop up the French economy, which is now unable to pay its pension burden in full. In south-western Europe, Italy, Spain and Portugal have all stated that they will leave the EU and form the LEU (Latin Economic Union), if Germany does not abandon the euro, which has proved to be what they called a ‘Calvinist straitjacket’ for their economies. In France a spokeswoman for the National Front, which has just over 45% of the popular vote, said that it was time for France ‘to stop being a German colony and join the future LEU, so taking up her rightful place and destiny in the Latin world’.

Meanwhile, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Lands, Austria, newly-independent Scotland, newly-united Ireland, Finland, Sweden and Denmark have issued a joint statement, saying that they are about to enter into ‘serious negotiations’ on joining the EEU next year. These are aimed at regaining their sovereignty and freedom by quitting the EU. We remind listeners that Iceland, Greenland and Norway have already joined the EEU. Representatives of all these countries stated that last year’s transfer to Berlin of Lenin’s mummy and the construction of a mausoleum for him as ‘a hero of European thought’ in the German capital had been ‘the last straw’ for their patience.

Poland is also deeply divided on this issue, with Catholic and nationalist sections of the population now very hostile to Germany and its EU Reich, which is supported in Poland only by atheists and secularists. In Rome the much discredited and diminished pro-EU Papacy, weakened by years of moral and financial scandals and under pressure from Berlin, is hesitant about which side to support. The Anti-Calvinist League and pro-Freedom Party in Germany itself, especially in Bavaria, Mecklenburg, Pomerania and Saxony, also wants to leave the EU and abandon the euro, whose imposition by the German industrial and banking elite it considers to have been a catastrophe for the German peoples.

We should recall that England and Wales have finally been allowed to hold their referendum on leaving the remnants of the EU this September, three months before Wales is to hold its own keenly supported referendum on independence from England. Opinion polls show that the anti-EU and pro-English ‘Freedom and Sovereignty’ campaign, headed by the Free England Now (FEN) movement, can expect to obtain at least 75% of the vote in the anti-EU referendum. Plans are being drawn up for the House of Commons to become the new English Parliament and to build a centre for the Inter-Isle Council on the Isle of Man, from where all four countries of the future Island Confederation of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales can be seen.

Elsewhere in the northern hemisphere, the civil war in Turkey which began after the fall of the much hated American puppet government there last year has ended with the country being divided into three different countries: Rom (formerly Turkey in Europe), Asia Minor and Kurdistan. Transfers of populations are already under way. The new people’s governments in Libya, Bahrein and Saudi Arabia have released the many who had been imprisoned by the hated regimes there and begun trying representatives of those regimes for treason, murder and torture. Meanwhile, in the Far East, the virtually peaceful Chinese takeover of Taiwan is now complete and Tibet has been granted independence.

In North America, it is still not clear how Washington will react to oil-rich Alaska’s vote to rejoin the Russian Empire. After all, its bid for freedom is strictly constitutional. In general, the now bankrupt US administration, a pariah State hit hard by EEU sanctions for its trampling of human rights internationally, seems to have been paralysed by infighting. This began when the Chinese yuan became the world reserve currency two years ago, thus displacing the dollar just over 70 years after the Bretton-Woods accords came into force. In the southern US the pro-Confederation Anti-Tyranny Leage (ATL) has called for a vote for the Free South on leaving the Union, as in Alaska.

However, today all eyes have been on Moscow, where at 10.00 local time this morning the Coronation and Patriarchal Anointing of Tsar Nicholas III took place in the Cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour. Some 180 world leaders gathered there, with every single country from the EEU as well as from Asia, Africa and Latin America represented. Only 19 of the remaining 22 EU countries (Hungary, Slovakia and Finland excepted) and the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have not sent representatives or else not been invited. This was the result of their disastrous support for war crimes in the bitter, two-year long Ukrainian civil war. This ended last year after the collapse of the neo-Nazi junta in Kiev, support for which completely discredited and isolated the West from the international community.

After his Coronation Tsar Nicholas made a speech at a Lenten reception in the Kremlin, saying that ‘today, with the restoration of the Sovereignty of Russia, the real twentieth century, which began not in 1901, but in 1914, a century of unheard of Western barbarity, wars, slaughter and dictatorships, is now over’. He announced a five-year programme to build 100,000 churches worldwide, 60,000 in the Russian Empire, 20,000 in other EEU countries, 19,000 in Asia, Latin America and Africa and 1,000 in the Western world. He explained that ‘repentance for the 20th century could only take place on our knees’, He also announced large subsidies, generated from the new oligarch tax, for tens of millions of Russians to repopulate the countryside and made clear his view that Russia’s destiny was to become ‘the organic breadbasket of the world’.

In his speech Tsar Nicholas generously called for ‘truth and mercy’ for all the peoples of the world who for a millennium had been oppressed by colonialism. He advanced his hopes for ‘a new, just and independent International Court in the Hague’ to try the war criminals who had ‘bombed Serbia, supplied arms to Islamic terrorists in Kosovo, invaded and occupied Afghanistan and Iraq, bombed Libya and trained and armed terrorists in Syria’. No news has been heard from Anthony Blair, the former Prime Minister of the former UK, who is believed to be in hiding with Establishment cronies who are holed up on a ranch in Texas.

Tsar Nicholas’ words were greeted enthusiastically by all present at the reception, especially by Indians, Ethiopians, Tibetans, Thais, Serbs, Syrians, the representatives of the new Palestinian State centred in East Jerusalem and the assembled chiefs of the native North American tribes, all present in Moscow for the celebrations. Notably, the Chief of the Sioux Nation, Chief Whistling-Wind-that-Speaks-the-Truth, spoke of historic injustices against his peoples being righted. Prominent in Moscow too are former Buddhists from Mongolia and South-East Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam) and former Catholics from Cuba, the Philippines and Maya areas in Central America, who have all been baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church in recent times.

With Tsar Nicholas’ enthronement the world breathes again with relief and an age of truth and mercy dawns at last. Now is the time for home truths, but also for the compassionate understanding that those responsible for the errors of the last millennium, and especially of the last century, and its human suffering have themselves only been foolish and deceived pawns in Satan’s hands. Further developments are imminent.

Economic Nazism: On the Murder of the Sick and Elderly

The word ‘euthanasia’ is a euphemism invented from Greek words for ‘good death’. It is therefore a fantasist invention, for there is no such thing as a ‘good death’. Death is unnatural, a product of the Fall. Similarly, there is no such thing as a ‘dignified death’, as secularists also like to call it. Death is never dignified, for death, like life itself, always involves suffering. Forty years ago a bishop whom I met (who also had a secular training as a doctor) called ‘euthanasia’ a euphemism for murder. And that is what it is.

Herein is the essential difference between the Christian world-view and the secularist world-view. This latter includes the world-view of those who may call themselves Christians, like a former Archbishop of Canterbury, who are essentially secularists and not Christians. The Christian world-view accepts suffering because it is the result of sin and even sees how it can be positive. Secularism, however, does not recognize sin and therefore rejects suffering. The result of this is that secularism also rejects the Resurrection, but, therefore, ironically has to accept death, to which it has no answers.

Here we do not reject the use and usefulness of painkillers. We also reject the secularist concept of keeping the dying alive artificially. Death is inevitable and there is no such thing as ‘saving’ someone’s life, only of extending someone’s life. But we clearly realize that the real reason behind the introduction of State-sponsored euthanasia is not a humanistic desire to curtail human suffering, but to curtail State health budgets. The hospital chimneys of the secularist world already belch out smoke from the millions of babies slaughtered every year. Now, with the economic Nazism of ‘euthanasia’, the crematoria of the secularist world are going to be working overtime too.

Is the West Brave Enough to Resist its Warmongers?

Parallels

July 1914: The West is haunted by the threat of a European War, encouraged by its warmongering tabloid media, a War which risks becoming worldwide.

July 2014: The West is haunted by the threat of a European War, encouraged by its warmongering tabloid media, a War which risks becoming worldwide.

February 1917: The Russian Revolution, orchestrated from the British Embassy in Saint Petersburg, overthrows the legitimate Russian government. Seven months later the Embassy and its Russian puppets lose control of the situation, extremists take control and begin their genocide.

February 2014: The Ukrainian Revolution, orchestrated from the American Embassy in Kiev, overthrows the legitimate Ukrainian government. Three months later the Embassy and its Ukrainian puppets lose control of the situation, extremists take control and begin their genocide.

As Christians in Mosul (formerly Nineveh, the place where the Prophet Jonah once preached) are threatened either with apostasy, high taxes, flight or beheading, they are ignored by the Christian-hating Western world, which brought about their plight through its illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq.

As Christians in the Gaza strip face genocide from Western-backed Israeli State terrorism, they are ignored by the Christian-hating Western world, which brought about their plight through its use of Israel as a Middle Eastern Crusader colony and a pawn in the great game for Western global hegemony.

As in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, and very nearly in Syria and perhaps in the Ukraine, the West has backed terrorism and created chaos so that it can divide and rule. Millions lie dead.

Facts

Washington’s propaganda machine is in such high gear that we are in danger of losing the facts. One fact is that the separatists do not have the expensive Buk anti-aircraft missile system or the trained personnel to operate it. Another fact is that the separatists have no incentive to shoot down an airliner and neither does Russia. Anyone can tell the difference between low-flying attack aircraft and an airliner at 33,000 feet. The Ukrainian junta does have Buk anti-aircraft missile systems and a Buk battery was operational in the region and deployed at a site from which it could have fired a missile at the airliner. One Russian general familiar with the weapon system offered his opinion that it was a mistake made by the Ukrainian military untrained in the weapon’s use. The general said that although Ukraine has a few of the weapons, Ukrainians have had no training in their use in the 23 years since the Ukraine separated from Russia. The general thinks it was an accident due to incompetence.

The Interfax news agency citing anonymous sources, apparently air traffic controllers, reported that the Malaysian airliner and President Putin’s airliner were traveling on almost the identical route within minutes of one another. Interfax quotes its source: “I can say that President Putin’s plane and the Malaysian Boeing intersected at the same point and the same echelon. That was close to Warsaw on 330-m echelon at a height of 10,100 meters. The presidential jet was there at 16:21 Moscow time and the Malaysian aircraft at 15:44 Moscow time. The contours of the aircrafts are similar, linear dimensions are also very similar, as for the colouring, at a quite remote distance they are almost identical.”

This report has led to speculation that Washington decided to rid itself of Putin and mistook the Malaysian airliner for Putin’s jet. Before you say Washington is too sophisticated to mistake one airliner for another, keep in mind that when Washington shot down an Iranian airliner over Iranian air space, the US Navy claimed that it thought the 290 civilians that it murdered were in an Iranian F-14 Tomcat fighter, a US-made fighter that was a mainstay of the US Navy. If the US Navy cannot tell its own workhorse fighter aircraft from an Iranian airliner, clearly the US can confuse two similar airliners.

So when do sanctions begin against the CIA-installed junta in Kiev, elected by 25% of the population (unlike the overthrown Yanukovich government, elected by 54% of the population), and its banana republic? Or is the Western world really so crazed with its hatred-filled hawks that it wants to create yet another war? Or are there still enough people of goodwill in the West to realize that it is the neo-colonialist EU that has blood on its hands in Kiev (to quote one British politician), as it created this situation, and that it is the neo-imperialist USA, so full of hubris, and its puppet junta in Kiev, that is now bringing the possibility of a Third World War in Europe ever closer? Napoleon and Hitler learned their lessons in Russia. Will the West never learn from them in its insatiable urge for total control of the planet?

The Russian Church to Recruit Missionaries for the Philippines

Bangkok: The Dependency of the Russian Orthodox Church in Taiwan is to recruit young people who wish to bring the news of Christ to the Philippines. The Dependency Press Service stated that:

‘The Lord has now brought about extremely favourable conditions for such a witness in the Philippines, where thousands of people wish to join the Orthodox Church’. ‘Young people of both sexes who wish to do missionary work in the Philippines must be prepared to serve the Church with zeal and self-sacrifice, must have a profound faith and be loyal to the traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church and possess high moral qualities’. ‘The missionary must be ready to spend two months or more there. Knowledge of English and experience of missionary work are welcome but are not essential. It is vital to have the recommendation of your confessor, parish priest or diocesan bishop’.

A Decisive Moment in History

In order to wipe out the Russians, we must not only destroy their army, wreck their towns and liquidate their State, but it is also vital to kill their culture, deprive them of moral direction, belittle their heroes and force them to forget all their achievements. Only then can this people finally be defeated.

Josef Goebbels

If people lose faith in God, it is a tragedy, and if they do not repent, they die and disappear off the face of the earth. Many peoples have disappeared, but Russia exists and will continue to exist. Pray, entreat and repent! Then the Lord will not leave you; He will save the whole Earth!

Blessed Matrona of Moscow

We live at a decisive moment in history, at an exceptional time, when prophecies are taking flesh before our very eyes. When the Washington puppeteers sent their junta on its blitzkrieg against the people of the eastern Ukraine, it thought that if it used carpet bombing against an intimidated population and destroyed their infrastructure, then they would rise up against the ‘separatists and terrorists’.

This plan did not work. Poroshenko’s (Waltzman’s) American advisors grossly miscalculated when they thought that they knew his subjects’ psychology – they thought that the people would settle for the mess of pottage of comfortable consumerism, for bread and circuses, like Western people. They will not. Like the Mongols, the Swedes, the Poles, Napoleon and Hitler before them, the CIA are wrong again.

Every day the war in the Ukraine takes the lives of civilians, including children. Spilled blood is marking out the future borders. However, although the régime continues to massacre the people in its occupied territories, it has failed to stamp out resistance. In captured Slavyansk and Kramatorsk they have staged mass shootings of residents and of the mothers of Home Guardsmen. Already the angel of vengeance has erased the names of the executioners from the Book of Life.

From a spiritual perspective, a pathological hatred of Russia is understandable. Stating a commitment to ‘traditional values’, in fact to Orthodoxy and Christ, Russia has made Satan gnash his teeth. For more than twenty years he believed that Russia was his. Then, after nearly a generation, at the State level we have seen spiritually informed decisions. Satan wanted Orthodox to continue to bow down before his golden calf, to have no other god but it. He decided to punish Russia with sanctions until it changed its mind.

In the eastern Ukraine we are seeing the Resurrection of Orthodox Rus, a new social system, that which the Tsar-Martyr had tried to introduce before the Revolution, that is, before the Western-organized coup d’etat of February 1917. As then the aristocrats resisted that social system, so today the oligarchs resist it. The oligarchs now face a new generation brought up on the Orthodox White Idea – and that generation is the future Orthodox political élite of Russia. People in the Ukraine long endured economic slavery under the oligarchs without a murmur, but they rebelled against spiritual slavery, against the bloodthirsty Nazi idol erected on the independence of the Ukrainian nation. For idols collapse onto the heads of their devotees.

The thesis of the Russian Orthodox thinker and prophet Ivan Ilyin was that after the collapse of the USSR twenty quasi-states would exist on the sacred sites of Holy Rus, but then ‘a new Russian union would implement a policy based on religious contemplation and spiritual freedom, on justice and fraternal patriotic feelings, and on the dignity of the government, on its power, strength, and universal trust’. He was right. The plans of the global hegemonists are coming to naught.

The Nazi bandits sent by Washington through Kiev are only victims of their own ignorance; the time will come when they will realize who and what drew them to the slaughter. The world’s grandmasters calculated that President Putin would play by the rules of this world. He has not. According to the law of Russian Orthodoxy, when the country is in danger, God chooses to bring the things of this world to naught, the commoner trumps the powerbroker, and those who calculate according to the rules of digital culture the consequences of disobeying the golden calf are proved wrong.

The Poles and the French walked around the Kremlin, then, the fickleness of fate struck them – they had to eat horse-feed. When Napoleon sat in the Kremlin, the French desecrated the holy places, ravaged Russia, but the scales on the eyes of the Russian elite, the allure of the West, fell away. In 1941, the Germans admired the Kremlin through their binoculars. In 1942, Ivan Ilyin wrote the article ‘Why We Believe in Russia’. In 1943, anyone could have written it, but in 1942, in defeat, only Ilyin did. That is, faith saves.

Orthodoxy is not only a gift; it is also a cross. Some people drink the cup of suffering in the name of Russian Orthodox faith, while at the same time others blithely lead carefree lives, wasting their time, not knowing why they are Orthodox. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? (Lk. 13, 4). The Lord warns us. God judges people. His Judgement comes about at the time of our actions, but He does not execute His sentence immediately, God gives people time to repent.

Political frontiers reflect human truths, but often they do not coincide with the frontiers of spiritual civilization. Between Galicia and the rest of the Ukraine there is a frontier, it is a spiritual frontier, that between apostasy and faith. Satan deceives nations with the spirit of national pride. This is symbolized by the Ukrainian Army, most of which refuses to fight or simply joins those whom it is supposed to be fighting. Another 300 have now joined the side of freedom against their CIA paymasters. The worst thing for the hopelessly provincialist nationalist Uniat Galicians is that they still do not realize that they have been judged by God.

War often gives a nation a painful shock. Such a painful shock stopped the Vietnam War. When burial crosses dot the Western and Central Ukraine, serving to subsequent generations as a reminder of how dear the cost of the Nazi hallucination was to the people, then, the mothers of the dead and maimed soldiers will stop the war. Hubris and blind hatred led them to reject federalism, which alone would have allowed people to live within a shared common frontier, as heirs of Kievan Rus.

Feelings overrode reason. Hatred destroys, and only love can create. Thus, Nero hated the Christians, he wanted to immortalize himself in grand architectural monuments and wipe Christians off the face of the Earth, but the persecution only strengthened Christianity in a phenomenal way, while there is nothing left of Nero’s grandiose buildings. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the wicked will perish (Psalm 1, 6).

Adapted from an article by Sergey Moiseev.

A Time of Decision for Members of the Church of England

If the ‘Church of England’ is, as we Orthodox believe, merely a group of sectarian Protestant congregations, then the decision to introduce female ‘bishops’ is long overdue. The only reason for its delay can be misogyny. After all, the first female ‘bishops’ in the Anglican Communion were introduced over a decade ago and the first female pastor seventy years ago. As for the head of the ‘Church of England’, she is a woman and all the ‘bishops’ of the ‘Church of England’ are nominated by the Prime Minister who may be a woman and may be an atheist. If the average ‘Church of England’ vicar is really just a social worker, then it is purely sexist to forbid the heads of social work departments to be female.

On the other hand, if the ‘Church of England’ were part of the Orthodox Church, that is, of the Body of Christ, then its female clergy would be heretical. For the Bible makes it clear that Christ, Who overturned every human institution, chose only men as his apostles, making it clear that the difference between men and women is not due to any human institution, but is Divinely ordained and relates back to the Creation as described in the opening chapters of the Book of Genesis. However, since the ‘Church of England’ is not part of the Body of Christ, but merely a nationally manipulated Reformation sect, which by definition has swum with the secularist tide ever since it was founded by the serial adulterer, murderer and bandit, Henry VIII, then all is well.

If any members of the Church of England did not know this and still believe in the absurd ‘branch theory’, they will have to carry out a revolution in their lives and civilizational values, if. that is, they wish to live honest lives consistent with the Christianity of the Church. Very nearly forty years ago I can remember the late Fr Sophrony (Sakharov), who was never allowed to receive any member of the Church of England into his Greek Orthodox church, saying to one former Anglican who was complaining that she suffered in the Orthodox Church: ‘The Church hurts’. For some reason quite beyond me, she was upset by this fact. Of course, the Church hurts. The Church means being crucified. However, it also means being raised from the dead.

Western Peoples, Awake!

We see crucifixions in Syria and decapitations in Iraq, where the Iraqi-Syrian caliphate has been created by Western meddling – for the only ever weapons of mass destruction in Iraq were those taken there by the genocidal Western forces sent by Bush and Blair. In Israel the US-subsidized genocide of the Palestinians – an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth – continues, only Nazi-style, with 100 eyes for one eye, 100 teeth for one tooth.
Then there is the Taliban restoration in Afghanistan, made inevitable by the departure of Soviet forces a generation ago, then there are the murderous Islamist fanatics in Nigeria, the bombing of ancient Nubian Christians in Sudan, the Western-sponsored caliphates in Libya and Saudi Arabia and the persecution of Christians in Malaysia and Indonesia….

All these events are little reported and even deliberately ignored by the Western media and the sodomized Western world as a whole. For they have nothing but contempt for Christians and are in any case too frightened of their self-created Islamic minorities, 5%-10% of Western Europe now, and of their oil-rich paymasters in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

However, even less reported and indeed deliberately ignored by the Western media, is the use of poison gas and phosphorus bombs in the Ukraine, as criminals are released from prisons and employed by the CIA-installed Nazi junta in Kiev to murder their own civilian population during and since their recent pseudo-ceasefire.

Armed and financed by the US and Galician Uniats, the criminals sent from Kiev, together with Western mercenaries and Western ‘Special Forces’ (i.e. trained killers) have slaughtered thousands, creating the worst refugee problem in Europe since 1945. And all this in order to implement the ‘plan’ of the Californian ‘think tank’ RAND Corporation for the destruction and then colonization of the third-worldized Ukraine, sowing it with GM crops and using it as a dumping-ground for Western nuclear waste and unwanted immigrants.

Above all, what the Western world does not want to admit is that all the present troubles are the beginning of Armageddon, of World War III, and that this War, just like the previous two World Wars, has been started by the sheer imperialist greed of the Western world. Only this time, unlike the previous two times, the whole of the West is united, not divided as before, against Christian civilization, and is fighting on the side of Antichrist.

100 years ago it was the Germanic world that began the First World War and again 75 years ago it was that same world. But today it is the whole Western world that has joined the Nazis. Some will say that peace-loving Russia is at fault. If in the 1990s it had stood up to the Western invasion and genocide in Yugoslavia, then today there would have been peace in a Non-Yugoslavized Ukraine. But in the 1990s decadent Russia was under the jackboot of a pro-Western regime and not free.

The time may be coming when we, the last Christians in the West, all of us Orthodox, whatever our nationality, will have to make plans to take refuge in our only earthly spiritual homeland, in Orthodox Russia, from the Western Antichrist. We now ask the Russian authorities to prepare to issue us with Russian passports. Only the prayers of us, the people of God, for our own repentance and for the restoration of Russia as the Orthodox Sovereign Power, the last bastion of Christianity left in the world, can now delay the coming of Antichrist, Who is so eagerly supported by all the Western elites. Western peoples, awake – it is now or never!

Archpriest Andrew Phillips
Holy Apostles Peter and Paul 2014

Questions and Answers on ROCOR

Q: As I understand it, since 1920 the Russian Orthodox Church has been divided into two parts, the very large Russian Orthodox Church Inside Russia and the very small Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (known as ROCOR). Although both are united under the Russian Patriarch, could the two parts be joined together? And another question, what is the difference between ROCOR and the name ROCA (Russian Orthodox Church Abroad)? And also what does the term ‘Moscow Patriarchate’ mean?

A: Firstly, there is no division here between the two parts. The Church is already united, already joined together. There is a simple administrative separation for ease of governance, which was instituted as long ago as November 1920 by the then Patriarch of Moscow, St Tikhon, and continues to this day. Like the Church Inside Russia, the Church Outside Russia has always been Patriarchal in ethos, even when it could not be so in practice because of the terrible persecutions in Moscow and indeed throughout the Church Inside Russia after 1917. In fact, the first Senior Hierarch of ROCOR, Metropolitan Antony of Kiev, had been the favoured candidate to become Patriarch.

Secondly, there is no question of abolishing the Church Outside Russia and having one central administration. The Russian Orthodox Church is far too big to be governed centrally from Moscow. Thus, it has several autonomous parts or ‘divisions’ if you prefer to call them that, namely, in the Ukraine, Moldova, Latvia, Estonia, Japan and China; ROCOR is simply a further autonomous part making up the whole, the missing piece in the worldwide jigsaw, if you like.

As regards terms, there are older people who still use the historical translation ROCA instead of ROCOR. However, officially that was dropped (as also was the term ‘Russian Orthodox Church in Exile’) in the 1970s, fifty years after the Revolution, because by that time a majority of members of ROCOR were not living ‘abroad’, but in the countries where they had been born and so were not ‘in exile’ either. Despite this, some older people still use the historical translation ROCA. The term ‘Moscow Patriarchate’ was used for the Church Inside Russia before the reconciliation between the two parts of the Church in 2007 after the Church Inside Russia had become free. Since all of us commemorate the Patriarch, it is for us now a meaningless term, fit only for history books. It is simple: We all belong to the one Russian Orthodox Church.

A: So what do the terms ‘Inside Russia’ and ‘Outside Russia’ actually mean?

A: ‘Inside Russia’ means inside the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church, meaning the whole of the former Russian Empire, modified as the post-1945 Soviet Union, and including Japan and China with their autonomous Churches. ‘Outside Russia’ means the rest of the world outside that territory.

Q: How large is ROCOR in terms of numbers?

A: The Church Outside Russia, known in full as ROCOR, a self-governing or autonomous part of the Russian Orthodox Church, has 593 parishes and 51 monastic foundations in 43 countries throughout the world, served by 672 clergy. The distribution of parishes is as follows: 194 parishes and 11 monasteries in the United States; 67 parishes and 11 monasteries in the Australian diocese; 48 parishes and 2 monasteries in Germany; 25 parishes and 3 monasteries in Canada; 22 parishes in Indonesia. ROCOR churches and communities also exist in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, France, Haiti, Ireland, Palestine, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, South Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Paraguay, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela. ROCOR is probably about a million strong – this compares to the Church Inside Russia which numbers some 163 million.

Q: How big are these ROCOR parishes?

A: Some of these parishes are small, some are hundreds strong, others are thousands strong.

Q: What about the Church Inside Russia? Ironically, I believe, it too has some parishes ‘outside Russia’, I mean, on ROCOR’s canonical territory.

A: Yes, for historical reasons there exists an inside out situation here. Compared to the nearly 650 foundations of ROCOR, the Russian Orthodox Church inside Russia, despite its name, still has over 100 representations outside its canonical territory. Thus, it has parishes in certain former Communist countries, mainly in Eastern Europe, for example, in Hungary and former East Germany, or in countries like Iran, Cuba, Morocco and North Korea, to which ROCOR has at present no diplomatic access. Apart from these parishes, it also has over 30 parishes in North America, as well as a good many parishes scattered throughout Western Europe, in Finland, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Italy and four permanent churches in England, as well as an important mission in Thailand and Laos. Indeed, I suspect that South-East Asia will in time become part of the canonical territory of the Church inside Russia, like Japan and China.

Most of these churches are connected with areas of very recent immigration from the ex-Soviet Union. According to the 2007 agreement between the two parts of the Church, all these churches outside its canonical territory will eventually be handed over to the Church Outside Russia, the part of the Church which has canonical responsibility for all countries outside the canonical territory of the Church Inside Russia, as we have defined it above. It is significant that the bishops dependent on the Church Inside Russia, but administrating these parishes outside Russia, are mainly aged, suggesting that canonical regularization is just a question of time.

Q: Once this regularization happens, will any other changes take place?

A: It can be assumed that once political situations outside Russia ease and the extra-territorial parishes of the Church Inside Russia are united with ROCOR, together with their clergy and some younger bishops, ROCOR itself will be administered slightly differently. This would mean the restoration of Regional, or rather Continental, Metropolitan Districts, as in the Church Outside Russia until the Second World War, or as in the Russian Church Inside Russia today. Here there could be a Metropolia for Oceania, a second for Western Europe, a third for North America – with potentially a separate one for Alaska – and potentially a fourth, or fifth one, for South America.

All would be governed under the authority of the senior Metropolitan based in New York, just as now. This is just as in the other self-governing parts of the Russian Orthodox Church, in the Ukraine, Moldova, Latvia and Estonia, although they are concentrated over small territories, not over Continents, or as in the Church Inside Russia as a whole, which is also composed of Metropolitan Districts, although under a Patriarch, not under a senior Metropolitan

Q: Does the Church Outside Russia have characteristics which distinguish it from the Church Inside Russia?

A: There are some traits, but these should not be exaggerated; the traits that we have can all be found in different parts of the Church Inside Russia, whose canonical territory after all stretches from the Polish border to Vladivostok and beyond to Japan and China and covers many nationalities and languages. For example, in Estonia, you can find churches where you have two choirs, one sings in Estonian, the other in Slavonic; in the southern Ukraine you can find a similar situation with Slavonic and Romanian.

Q: So what are these traits?

A: First of all, and most obviously, most members of the Church Outside Russia use various languages in worship, not just Church Slavonic. Secondly, we venerate local Western saints who are virtually unknown inside Russia. This is especially the case in Western Europe. Thus, in Paris there is veneration for St Genevieve, in England for St Edward, in Ireland for St Patrick, in the Netherlands for St Willibrord, in Germany for St Boniface, in Austria for St Brigid etc. There is here in the matter of venerating these Western saints a vital question of safeguarding the roots of Western civilization – which are in Orthodoxy, in the saints. Outside Orthodoxy people have all but given up the memory of these saints who stand at the foundations of the old Western culture, but Orthodoxy keeps their memory.

A third trait of the Church Outside Russia is that many, if not all, of us are particularly traditional, ‘patriotic’ (patriotic in terms of Orthodox patriotism and Orthodox identity, not in terms of nationalism). For instance, this can be seen in our veneration of the martyred Tsar Nicholas II and our hopes for the restoration of the Orthodox monarchy inside Russia. We know that this event which we pray for daily would have a huge positive effect on the whole world and especially on the Orthodox world.

Q: Is that a realistic hope?

A: Seven years ago, I thought it a very distant possibility, but as time has gone it, it has become an ever more realistic and nearer possibility.

Q: Why?

A: I think that ever since Communism was discredited, except among a few elderly and brainwashed people, Orthodoxy has clearly won the ideological argument in Russia. Everyone can now see that the only ‘alternative’ to Orthodoxy is Western consumerism – and that is just a bad joke; it was tried in Russia in the 1990s, enforced by idiotic, pseudo-American Harvard graduates and their corrupt, Western-backed, billionaire, oligarch friends, and has failed miserably. The people never accepted it.

Now we are moving on to the next stage, which is when Orthodoxy has won the argument on paper, people have to realize that the consequence is to start going to Church, to put Orthodoxy into practice, to be active not passive. And that means the re-establishment of the Orthodox social, economic and political order. And that can only mean the restoration of the people’s monarchy, the Tsar, the Orthodox Empire. And this, by the way, is also the only system that will help us Orthodox, who will only ever be small minorities in the Western world but who still belong in heart and mind to the Orthodox Empire, which is and will be until the end of time centred in Moscow. And that is also the only system which will free the smaller Local Orthodox Churches from pro-Western tyrannies.

Q: Are there signs of the presence of such a new order already?

A: There was the case of Greece and Cyprus which looked to Russia during the banking crisis – but Russia was not strong enough to help in their cases since those countries are enslaved to the feudal EU structure, having been betrayed by their political elites, like all the other EU countries. On the other hand, relations with the Patriarchate of Antioch are very close because of the help Russia gave in preventing Syria from being bombed back to the Stone Age by the West, as it did in Iraq, Libya and elsewhere and is now doing in parts of the eastern Ukraine with its phosphorous bombs and hundreds of thousands of refugees.

In general, a generation after the fall of Communism, Russia is beginning to become once more the force that ‘withholds’, that is, the force which prevents the coming of Antichrist, to which the Western and Westernized world has now clearly dedicated itself. However, this process of withholding, with the stand against ‘gay pride’ marches, against homosexual propaganda among children, against GM food that causes so many allergies, and now the stand against the use of bad language in public and against abortion, is only just beginning. Russia is becoming the only place in the world that resists the satanic New World Order, and which stands for Christian civilizational values, which the Western media call, at best, ‘cultural conservatism’, but which in fact is normality.

Nevertheless, it is highly significant and proves that Russia and the West are heading in opposite directions, Russia towards Christ, the West towards Antichrist.

Q: What are the forces that resist the restoration of the old Orthodox Imperial consciousness?

A: There are two such forces. The first is that in Russia which resists Orthodoxy as a living force, in other words, Russian nominalism, which resists the calling of Russia as the worldwide Orthodox Power because it resists the practice of Orthodoxy. The second force is the nationalism or phyletism of smaller Local Churches, as we can see quite clearly in the Patriarchate of Constantinople, for example. This force we can call Balkanization and it is actively encouraged by the secularist Western Powers that want to reduce Orthodoxy and the Church to a piece of mere ethnic exotica, to irrelevant folklore and so subject to the same secularist manipulations as so-called Western Christianity is subject to.

Q: How do you see the role of ROCOR in the contemporary world?

A: I would prefer to speak of a calling or a duty, rather than a role. Actors play roles – we live according to our responsibilities. I think our priority is inevitably to look after the Orthodox who already live here outside the Russian canonical territories and who come to us. However, outside that, there is a mission to anyone from the local, mainly Western, populations who contacts us and comes to our services. Here we make no distinction between backgrounds, races and religions. Our task has always been to prepare the ground for the sowing of the seeds of Orthodoxy, above all in the Western lands, the very lands which lapsed from the Church a millennium ago and are now in danger of losing all sense of their roots, of civilization itself.

In respect of missionary work, I must say that sadly, in recent decades in England at least, there seems to have been a misconcept among some mainly convert Orthodox that we had a special mission to ‘recruit’ only ‘Anglo-Catholics’ or ‘Conservative Evangelicals’, who on paper were supposedly ‘closer to Orthodoxy’ than others. That was utterly wrong; most of them in their tiny, ‘greenhouse’ convert groups turned out to be further away from Orthodoxy than anyone else and soon lapsed from authentic Orthodoxy. We look after the needs of those whom God sends to us and who are serious about entering into the Orthodox Church as She is, coming to us without peculiar, distorting agendas of their own, whatever their background, race and religion, our calling is to bring Light to the vast masses of the West without pre-judging them.

Q: Where does St John’s parish fit into this?

A: Although our parish in Colchester owns the largest Orthodox church building in England, which I believe is also the second largest in Western Europe, with 628 parishioners currently, it is not at all the largest parish. However, we do cover a whole region, the East of England, and our flock is scattered throughout that region and includes 25 different nationalities, including English, Italian, French, Turkish, American, Norwegian and Indian.

Q: How do you view the other Local Orthodox Churches?

A: The people there are Orthodox like us and we welcome them to our churches. Of course, we regret that some of the smaller and politically weaker Local Churches have been politically compromised by individual patriarchs and bishops, who seem to agree with anyone who is in power, secularist, atheist, Western-bribed tyrants or whatever, rather than with Christ. We feel closer to those who have kept the integrity of the faith, as in Serbia, Georgia and on Mt Athos. However, we also clearly understand that whatever a few individual bishops may do to compromise themselves, the faith of ordinary Orthodox is not affected. Only those who have compromised Orthodoxy will have to answer for that at the Last Judgement, not the ordinary people.

Q: How do you view the little groups of Orthodox who belong to the old calendarists and so on?

A: Wherever the Church has been, tiny minorities have always created sects. It is a distortion inherent to fallen, human nature. In terms of the contemporary Orthodox Church, this is above all a Greek problem, but wherever State Churches have compromised, extremist individuals have been outraged and cut themselves off in sects. However, I doubt if throughout the world such sects, usually personally cults or ‘one-man shows’, number even 50,000 and that is out of 216 million Orthodox. But I do find the existence of such sects very sad; the people in them often have so much anger and sectarian hatred. The existence of such sects is simply due to a lack of love. Obedience is always better than schism.

On the Spiritual Disease of Guruism

The title of this article was suggested by a priest in Moscow who, when asked what he thought about the followers of a certain pseudo-monastic movement, replied: ‘They are all spiritually ill and with the same spiritual illness’. Here he referred to the fact that the archimandrite who had founded and then led the group had fallen into spiritual delusion (prelest/plani/illusio) and his weak-minded adepts had simply followed in the footsteps of their guru, conforming themselves to his illness of disincarnate ‘spiritualism’.

For any ism is by definition a spiritual disease and guruism is no different (nor, for that matter, is anti-intellectualism). Guruism in the Church context is spiritually dangerous because it replaces the repentant heart with the blinded head (whereas anti-intellectualism gives complete priority to irrational emotions). What are the signs of the spiritual disease of guruism? They come in three stages and affect the fallen mind (and imagination), the fallen body and the fallen spirit, that is, all fallen human nature or ‘the flesh’. These stages are:

1. Blind certainty that the guru and therefore the adepts are right. This results in a blinkered attitude towards others, as well as an imagined superiority, pretentiousness and pompousness, producing an army of identical clones devoid of individual personalities, who are full of themselves in self-righteous priggishness. This entails contempt, condemnation and slander of others, with profound anger and hatred towards those who disagree with the ideology of their cult. This may take the form of racism or a number of other isms.

2. The lack of any spontaneous, heartfelt feeling because of the cold guruism which results from the lack of love, the love produced by a warm heart. This is itself the result of the confusion caused when the indoctrination of the head with the teachings of the guru replaces the cleansing of the heart as the focus of Christian life. This is in direct disobedience to St Silvanus the Athonite’s dictum that we are ‘to keep our minds in hell’, and so not to focus on our minds and our imaginations (fantasies), which produce so many delusions.

3. Depression which is the inevitable result of the realization of the disincarnate disconnect between the diseased conviction of rightness (in fact, of the escapist fantasy or daydreaming imagination) and the real world (fallen reality). This is accompanied by fanaticism, as can be seen in strangeness of dress (in fact a uniform) and demeanour, rigidity of pose and walk, and the refusal to be sociable or mix, including eating and drinking, with others who are not part of the clique and the refusal because of pride to talk to them about everyday life.

As can be seen, the overwhelming trait here is pride – absence of humility and simple humanity. It seems that the Epistle to the Colossians has been forgotten: ‘Let no-one beguile you of your reward, insisting on self-abasement and worshipping of angels, taking his stand on those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind…These things have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting rigour of devotion and self-abasement and severity to the body, but they are of no value in satisfying the flesh’ (Col 2, 18 and 23).