I am taking this opportunity to formally denounce the actions of the Russian Orthodox hierarchy in dismissing Father Vsevolod from his duties. Hat-tip Interfax for making me aware of this.
For those unaware, the Very Reverend Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin has been a stalwart advocate for Tradition within the Church, and a stern critic of the Liberal fifth column which exists only to subjugate Russia under the bootheel of USG and the European Union. On issue after issue, he has been at the forefront as the Synodal Department on Church and Society Liaison, giving voice to Orthodox grievances and concerns.
In explaining his dismissal, Father Vsevolod pointed out issues he had raised regarding correct ecclesiastic procedure, along with this:
“I have been trying to tell his Holiness that the tone in the relations with the state that the Church tends to take is wrong, we should be more critical about the immoral and unjust actions by the authorities, we should be more direct when speaking to society, we should in no case suck up to structures that challenge Orthodox faith so clearly as the current administration of Ukraine. We should generally prophesize, not think every time as to who will think and say what, and we should not be afraid of getting into a conflict with those who have power in this world,”
It is outrageous that even a man of such high regard and character cannot raise legitimate questions about the current, woefully corrupt government, which has decided rather than to tackle the plundering barons of the Yeltsin era who still work for Russia’s degeneration rather than its resurrection, to instead hold them close as loyal backers.
Consistently, the case that I have put forward for Russia has been one of defense and loyalty to my ethnic kin, with a realistic portrait of what needs to be done. My credentials on support for Russia are without question. I put my name to a laudatory article on Return of Kings explaining why Vladimir Putin is admirable, and why the adoration of him by the large majority of Russians is justified. I have praised his Holiness Patriarch Kirill when it was warranted. However none should interpret this as some recognition of the Putin regime’s infallibility or status as a truly worthy ruling class. Far from it.
What was Father Vsevolod asking for? The Church to do its job, nothing more. I am fully aware of the perks that some gain from their close relationship to the regime and its backers, but one cannot call themselves a priest if they do not put their duties as priest before all else. The fact is that the current regime, for all the great things it has done to save Russia from certain annihilation at the hands of its enemies, is not a legitimate Russian government, for two reasons:
1) It has failed to establish a monarchical line and an aristocracy, preferring to instead remain by and large a cabal of opportunists bankrolled by criminals.
2) It has failed to return to the Church its full majesty of legitimate power, continuing the ongoing crime of the Soviets.
This is no radical position, but instead exactly what would have been stated by every pre-Revolutionary patriarch. Where is the tsar? Show him to me. You can point to a great leader, a man who does great things, a man of steel resolve, but not a tsar. While the Orthodox Church must maintain close relations with this uneasy state, it can never renege on the truth of principle. Vladimir Putin has helped to build many churches, he has helped to bring hearts to Orthodoxy from an atheistic backdrop, and he has protected the Russian frontier and character, and for that the Russian people are forever indebted to him. But I seriously doubt this order came from Putin or that he was even aware of it.
More likely, it came from one of the many two-faced oligarchs who have at every corner thrown us to the lions. From where did the order come to dismiss Aleksandr Dugin from his position in the sociology department at Moscow State University? The same people. Who makes millions from the industry of murdering unborn Russian children? The same people. These are the men from the shadows who would stab the entire nation and Putin himself in the back with an obsidian dagger if it meant more profit and their safety from investigation.
In the East, we have a long tradition much different to the West, of deference to the sovereign. Unlike the Traditional Vatican, we do not see the priesthood in society as above that of the sovereign ruler, but instead they are to be his aids, his confidants, his mediators of the spiritual realm, with their own sphere of political and particularly judicial authority. This has been the case since the last Roman emperors in Constantinople. At times, this system has faltered, and the priesthood has become a caste of marionettes for bad rulers, but certainly never for a non-sovereign. I see in this current establishment the echoes of the Soviet collaborators, who fearing martyrdom and failing to trust in God, cast their lot with those who tried to murder the Russian soul. No deep level investigative work needs to be done on certain individuals.
The dismissal of Father Vsevolod is a black mark against the Church, a display of fealty to money-changers over friends and loyalists.
Now more than ever, those who have their heart and soul tethered to the Russian soil, and with eyes towards the Almighty above, must stand resolutely as representatives of the Church’s true purpose, the salvation of the Russian people. Just as before, the enemies of the Church have their puppets dancing on strings, but the time is coming to cut the strings. The time is coming for the rebirth of the Russian Empire. Every priest must decide, in private prayer behind closed doors if necessary, are they servants of Mammon, or servants of the true Third Rome?