RENOVATIONISTS HAVE RESORTED TO CRIMINAL METHODS
On 29 June, on the day of All Russian Saints, in the church of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Pechatniki a totally unthinkable crime happened: the priest Mikhail Dubovitsky was beaten in the sanctuary of the church. He received severe injuries to his body, his priestly vestments were torn, and his priest's cross was ripped off.
According to the testimony of the policemen who went to the church the rector, Georgi Kochetkov, declared that Father Mikhail has a "severe breakdown," and he called the psychiatric ambulance. In violation of existing legislation the medics used violence, and having desecrated the sanctuary they removed Father Mikhail to the psychiatric clinic by force. By afternoon a consultation of psychiatrists reversed the commitment and acknowledged that the original diagnosis was in error. However by this time Father Mikhail had received an enormous dose of a strong psychotropic substance which caused an acute decline in his condition which required his hospitalization the next day in the treatment center. For several hours he hovered between life and death. . . .
As Christians we must view all of these events in the light of the words of our Lord: "I say unto you that everyone who is angry with his brother without cause is subject to judgment and whoever says to his brother, 'insane,' is subject to hellfire" (Mt 5.22).
Vladimir Sergeev, layman
In the morning of 29 June, at 9:30, I went to make confession to Fr Mikhail. Police cars were all around the church. This concerned me a lot. When I went into the church I saw that a senior lieutenant and parishioners around him were discussing something heatedly. As best I could make out, Fr Mikhail had begun, as required, to read prayers before confession from the service book (Trebnik). Then some people came up to him whom I call "police" (they seemed much like them in appearance and in their conduct and even in the cords which they were carrying) and they asked that he stop doing so. He was reading in Slavonic. When he said: "I shall perform my duty," then seized his service book, after which he was conducted into the sanctuary, if not by force at least by compulsion, and there he was detained "under guard."
I also saw the following. From the monastery of the Presentation of the Christ Child there came a deacon, Fr Ioann, who asked to be permitted to see Fr Mikhail. He made this request of Kochetkov, but he refused. The senior lieutenant, who also asked to see Fr Mikhail, was allowed to by Kochetkov. He entered (I think, armed) the sanctuary. After five minutes the shouts of Fr Mikhail were heard coming from there as he appealed for help: "Orthodox Christians, help!" He shouted several times. What kind of Orthodox person's heart could endure such? I was standing near the north doors and, naturally, wanted to help Fr Mikhail. But right away these so-called parish "police" and the officer who had come out of the sanctuary twisted my arms. They took me outside and only by a miracle did I avoid being taken to the police station.
Another two monastic priests came from the Presentation monastery. One of them was Fr Nikander. Seizing the moment, he entered the sanctuary and say that Fr Mikhail was being led, bound, through the back doors. I do not know how to label the people who were leading him. They certainly understood whom they were leading. Fr Mikhail was reciting Jesus' prayer: "Lord, do not lay this sin to their charge for they do not know what they are doing."
They took him by force to the First Aid vehicle, which had previously been summoned by the Kochetkovites. When I tried to run up to the vehicle in order to stop it I saw Fr Mikhail through the window and two medics were restraining him by his arms and hair. Fr Mikhail continued to recite the same prayer.
Fr Nikander tried to stop the vehicle by lying under the wheels. They used physical force on us and we were not able to detain the vehicle and it left. Officers surrounded us to keep us from the tracks of the departing First Aid. 1 July 1997
Priest's wife, Tatiana Dubovitskaia
--Mother, was he really disturbed at home. Perhaps he has erupted and that really would be reason to consider him mentally ill?
--As long as I have known him I have never heard him raise his voice to shout at me or to express some disturbance. He seems to me a very calm and quiet person and he never takes offense at anyone. The only thing is that he stands steadfastly for the Orthodox faith and he loves God.
--Mother, how did you find out about what was happening to Fr Mikhail?
--On Sunday I did not come home from service right away (I sing in another church), and when I did I realized that there had been many phone calls. I realized that something had happened. But at first I paid little attention. Then an acquaintance phoned and asked: "What happened to the priest? They told me that he is in the psychiatric hospital." I was frightened and immediately began to call the church of the Dormition at Pechatniki. The assistant warden picked up the phone. I identified myself and asked what happened to the priest. "He has a nervous breakdown," he answered me, "and we had to call the ambulance and hospitalize him." "And where is he hospitalized?" I decided to call again, because I knew the pranks of these people and I realized that they had taken him to the psychiatric clinic.
The second time the phone was answered by a woman who did not identify herself and who began talking to me very rudely: "The rector is not here, he left." At first she hesitated so I knew that she was not telling the truth. Then she hung up.
--Did your contact with the church end with this?
--Yes, I realized that I would not get any information there. I called Fr Tikhon Shevkunov and thanks to him I learned were my husband was and how to get to the hospital in order to visit him. At first I was very upset and especially hurt that the parishioners of the church where Fr Mikhail ministers would treat me in such a way.
--Mother, you said that these people "are capable of all kinds of pranks." Why did you have this idea?
--For example, when the priest served matins the first time, the choir and the rector absolutely refused to perform matins and said to Fr Mikhail, "Do what you want." I didn't understand this since His Most Holiness had blessed the priest to celebrate matins before the liturgy. Moreover they hid the books in the safe. By some miracle the Six Psalms were read. I requested the book from an altar boy but he refused to give it "without the rector's approval." I realized that the situation was bad and I sent a parishioner to the nearest church, who ran for the books quickly and so we were able to have the service. I
n my view the whole atmosphere in the church was very irreligious and their services leave a sad impression. I was very much afraid for my husband and generally I expected something bad.
Priest Mikhail Dubovitsky
--Hello, father. How's your health?
--Fine, now, already better. The muscle soreness that they caused has gone and now I feel quite well.
--What caused this muscle problem?
--Apparently the shot they gave me at the psychiatric clinic no. 14. Although they told me that they gave Demerol with papaverin, it caused a strong reaction.
--We would like to learn first hand what happened in the church.
--It was a hospitalization by violence. When the First Aid came and the psychiatrist began questioning me, I said that I was quite well and did not need to go to the hospital. Then I began to read the Gospel in the sanctuary, because I had not other way to let the Orthodox Christians who were in the nave know about me. Then they dragged me by force to the car and took me away. At first, it was at hospital 13 of Perov district but then they found out that I live on the street served by hospital 14. They gave me a shot there, after which I slept for a long time and the next day I suffered some kind of seizure--I was tense and choking.
--Father, can you describe in sequence what happened in the church?
--The confrontation happened on the day of All Saints of Russia. When I told the readers how to perform the service they rudely and categorically refused to do it. Father Georgi himself grabbed the lecture and books from me and they would not let me have the books to perform the service. When I tried to leave the church in order to take other measures to bring these outrages to an end they refused to let me go on the pretext that I was still vested. They blocked the entrance and locked the door. I went back and began to read the first hour of the Book of Hours--the first book which I got hold of. They prevented me doing this as well. They grabbed the book from my hands and this is the way the whole service went.
Then I tried to leave by the side doors of the sanctuary, but they did not let me. I tried to see how I could get out of the sanctuary to get help. But they surrounded me on all sides and removed my vestments. They tore off the cross, sleeveless robe, and undergarment. I was left in my gown only.
When I began to cry out loudly for help so that they would leave me alone and let me perform my priestly duties, they twisted my arms, threw me to the floor, and I remained lying there until the psychiatrist came. When he began to talk with me I answered that I did not need any such help.
Then he began to talk with the people who called him. Then I began reading the Passion story from Matthew. Then I asked to be allowed to leave the sanctuary. But they twisted my arms by force and led me out. I was shouting, asking for help, but with the help of OMON they put me into the vehicle and took me first to Perov Psychiatric Hospital 13, and then to hospital 14 on Bekhterev street. There they gave me a shot, after which I slept a long time and was in a very serious condition. Then a consultation of doctors was held and they released me from the hospital, realizing that I was mentally healthy.
--Father, who called the psychiatric ambulance? -
-Apparently it was on orders of Fr Georgi Kochetkov.
Professor A.L. Dvorkin, chair of the department of sectology of Saint Tikhon's Institution and director of the St. Irenius Center.
--Alexander Leonidovich, you are one of the leading specialists on sects in our country. Many respected Moscow priests describe the spiritual atmosphere in the congregation of the church of the Dormition in Pechatniki as the conditions of fanatical sectarianism. Is this so?
--Until recently I hesitated calling the congregation of Fr. Georgi Kochetkov sectarian, although I warned about its dangerous tendencies. Two years ago at a conference on "Unity of the Church" I made a report "Spiritual Elitism as One of the Pats to Sectarianism," in which I warned about the dangers of this phenomenon of "spiritual elitism." And this was the situation that prevailed in the parish of Fr Georgi Kochetkov: they are the elect, they are the salt of the earth, they have a special mission and all the rest are lying in darkness--the whole world and the rest of the church. This, of course, is an element of sectarian psychology. The second important element of this psychology is "guruism:" when a guru replaces God. And, alas, in the congregation of Fr Georgi Kochetkov, the priest who should open the path to God for the parishioners has placed himself in God's place or hides him. In eastern religions, strictly speaking, the guru is god and he is worshipped as such.
There is a significant statement by Praphupada, founder of Krishnaism: "If you have a problem with god, only a guru can help you, and if you have a problem with the guru, no one can help you." We see the same thing in Fr Georgi's congregation. In accordance with this circumstance all moral norms are distorted: what is good for the congregation is the highest good. All other Christian or ethical humanitarian values are demoted to second place. They can be dismissed or sidestepped because the highest good is what is good for the congregation. And in the tragic events of that June Sunday we see a typical example of sectarian psychology in action, which what the rector orders becomes the basis for a canonical and even criminal violation.
--Does this explain the extremely evil attacks upon you at the time of the Yakunin trial against Dvorkin which derived primarily out of this congregation?
--More than that, even after the trial, the sympathetic and supporting articles and purely objective materials that were placed in the papers by people who have little or nothing to do with the church. But the principal attacks did not come even from our enemies, as we would expect, but from the active supporters of Fr Georgi Kochetkov--Boris Kolymagin, editor of "Sretensky Sheet," and Boris Falikov in the newspaper "Culture," and in "Kommersant. Boris Falikov, a teacher in the so-called "Kochetkov Orthodox High School." It's funny--"Orthodox Christian High School," as they call it is, I think, a crude translation from English because in English "Orthodox" can refer also to Orthodox Judaism. It is just a bad translation. In Russian Orthodoxy simply means Christianity. As always, in the attempt to show their elitist erudition they usually show just the opposite.
I am used to the attacks, but these statements by members of Kochetkov's congregation were sharply anti-Orthodox, frankly sectarian and totally slanderous. Of course, if I had more time I could take the writers to court, since their libelous nature is easily proven. In their hatred and anger they even have not taken care to check the facts about which they write.
--But nevertheless these people think they are Orthodox, so why do they act so much like sectarians?
--I have my own prediction on this matter. In all these articles they are writing about the persecution of the religious minorities and about the "bad" majority of the Orthodox church which is engaged in this "witch hunt" in the struggle with religious minorities. My prediction is this: they are actively preparing to go into schism and they are establishing ahead of time the basis to define themselves as a religious minority. So for this they are making contacts with sects and it is no accident, I think, that the majority of the information in their articles is taken out of Scientology materials. Of course, Scientology has been revealed everywhere as total fabrication, but that's what the Kochetkovites are using.
THIS CARTHAGINIAN LIE MUST BE DESTROYED
Interview with Hegumen Tikhon Shevkunovy
--Father, if you will permit me, let's begin today's conversation with an item from Moskovskii komsomolets. It was written by Sergei Bychkov. It would be possible to talk a long time about all the filth and slander that it contains, but I would like to hear your opinion about it.
--Of course, it would be possible to speak caustically about this item and to denounce it, but it is all like what we had expected. It is another matter that is somewhat more amazing and strange: that is an interview that I heard on Radio Sophia yesterday that contrasts with the author of MK. This interview was given by people who at the time, unlike Sergei Bychkov, were present in the church. The lies which I had occasion to hear on this broadcast were truly horrifying. They were intentional lies which people calling themselves church folk delivered in testimony to the church. They bore false witness against an absolutely mentally healthy, normal, beautiful, humble man, calling him insane. And these were people who had gone through "special catechesis," so they know well the words of the Savior: "Whoever shall say to his brother..."insane" will be subject to hellfire" (Mt. 5.22).
They pronounced him insane, slandered him, took him to Golgotha in the most literal sense--a psychiatric hospital--just as in the most classic soviet times, injected him with the most brutal dosage of psychotropic medicine, from which he almost died. At the same time, as they maintained yesterday to the interviewer of Sophia, they prayed especially for him.
I cannot name this anything other than blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. This is a conscious contradiction of the truth. In yesterday's broadcast on Radio Sophia they had the gall to say that Fr Mikhail himself made the wounds and cuts about his body that the doctors witnessed. As if he did it to himself while jumping out of the window. Any normal person would refuse to comment on this.
On that Sunday people from the church in Pechatniki came to our monastery insistently and begged us to do something to stop this horror. I sent two of our monks (I myself was celebrating the liturgy that day and could not leave the altar), Fr. Anastasy and Fr. Nikander, who were hearing confessions, to the church in Pechatniki
--But the Kochetkovites maintain that Fr Nikander was drunk.
--In the report which Fr. Nikander wrote to His Most Holiness he indicated that beforehand he had been hearing confessions for about an hour and, having returned afterward he continued to hear confessions for two hours. And those people, about 100 in all, whom he confessed affirm in Christian conscience that that is a slander. A regular slander. And Fr Nikander testifies that when he nevertheless entered the sanctuary through the royal doors the worshippers, mocking and jeering, approached him and said: "Father, you've been drinking. Father, you are drunk. Calm down!"
We have all experienced this numerous times while that congregation unfortunately has been next door. Its entire life has been built on a lie, on the most vile and disgusting lie unworthy of a Christian. When we confronted this lie the first time we were so upset that we did not even know how to react to it. You recall, perhaps, the stormy events which followed the decree of the most holy patriarch regarding the restoration of monastic life in the monastery of the Presentation and the transfer of the congregation of Fr Georgi Kochetkov to the church of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Pechatniki. At that time they did not allow us access to the church and we celebrated the all-night vigil of the Presentation of the Christ Child in the street. Then, next day, we concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with Fr Georgi. Cossacks came at the time and claimed that we had called them. If it had been necessary we would have called them and been not the least ashamed of it, but in that case we quietly accommodated ourselves to the situation.
And then in the evening the associates of Fr Kochetkov said to me: "You know, father, that after the cossacks came one of our parishioners was killed? You sent people and they killed our parishioner!"
It was Friday and I was not about the confirm this information. Imagine our condition on these two days until Monday, when we could ascertain the truth.
--And what did you ascertain?
--It turned out that a real tragedy occurred. One of Fr Georgi's parishioners on the night before, not on the day when we were celebrating, was killed in his entry. The murderer was immediately caught; his name was Chaika (some kind of maniac from Ukraine who killed several women that evening and the Kochetkovites knew about that)--I shall recall this name forever, it is such a horror to remember. And the Kochetkovites used the death of their parishioner for putting pressure on us for murder, including in the press, when they knew very well that it was a lie.
I did not want to get into this discussion. Of course, we helped Father Mikhail as we could. Apparently it was the monks from Presentation monastery who knew more than all the others how difficult it was to deal with this congregation. These are fanatical people, as Fr Valentin Asmus put it so well, who willingly embrace all the laws of this terrible (in the religious sense of the word) congregation, which they willingly joined and again willingly embrace the lie which their leaders dish out to them (as Pushkin said: "It's not hard to deceive me, I am quite happy to deceive myself.")
Today I would like to talk about the lie with which Fr Georgi Kochetkov ensnares his parishioners. He is the father of this lie and they really recognize him as the father. And this lie is a lie on all levels. For example, Kochetkov and his parishioners do not cease repeating that all of the innovations in their services--Russian language, reading the consecration prayers aloud, reading the Gospel in Russian--were given the blessing of the most holy patriarch. For a time we also believed that this was so. But recently talking with Fr Mikhail (he came to us because we are the only place where he can feel somewhat at east after the torment which they heaped upon him in the course of two months), I said to him: "Perhaps we are mistaken; perhaps it is true that the most holy patriarch gave his blessing to all of this and they you simply have to submit?"
We went to Archbishop Arseny (which, by the way, every one of Fr Georgi Kochetkov's parishioners can do) and said to him: "Master, the parishioners of Fr Georgi and he himself insist repeatedly that they have the blessing for the service in Russia and the reading of the consecration prayers aloud, and the like." And Master Arseny raised the patriarch's answer. And now I can officially declare that no blessings from the most holy patriarch ever were received.
Actually on 3 November 1991 Fr Georgi Kochetkov sent to the patriarch a request to perform the liturgy partly in Russia and the patriarch suggested that the translation be presented for review. And he emphasized that only after approval of the translation could they be used. Since then, since 1991, not a single one of the translations was even presented for the blessing of the most holy patriarch. Accordingly, there never was any permission for the service in Russian. All of the numerous assurances of Fr Georgi that he has the blessing of the patriarch for the service in Russian are the purest trickery.
In March 1994 Fr Georgi Kochetkov submitted a request about reading the consecration prayers aloud. Fr Georgi asked to read the prayers aloud, considering this absolutely necessary (which has been discussed but is controversial in the liturgical life of our church). Only a bishop can decide such a question and Fr Georgi assured his parishioners: "The most holy patriarch has blessed us in this." It is a lie. There was no blessing. On the contrary, in the same March 1994 the most holy patriarch answered Fr Georgi's request and said to him that it is inappropriate to introduce any innovations into the liturgy. And that is confirmed, in part, by the unhealthy situation that has arisen at the present time around this question, thanks to Fr Georgi's activity.
Even such trivia as the priestly undergarment of Kochetkov's closest assistant, A.M. Kopirovsky. This caused confusion: Fr Georgi requested the patriarch to permit A.M. Kopirovsky to wear the cassock. The patriarch, to whom both Fr Georgi and Kopirovsky--who declare constantly that they are the most faithful servants of the most holy patriarch and obey him in everything--ought to be submissive, gave this response: the cassock is a part of the priest's clothing, and Kopirovsky is still not a priest and thus it is enough for him to wear the alb. And so "in fulfillment" of this approval Kopirovsky wear the cassock in every service. It is not possible that he does not know about this--all decrees of the patriarch have been transmitted to the parishes.
Actually the lie is in absolutely everything, down to the trivia. But it also is in serious matters, in the first place. Kochetkov maintains that the local council of 1917-1918 "blessed the celebration of the liturgy in Russia, if the local bishop approves it." They believe him. But if these "unthinking Kochetkovites," to paraphrase the apostle Paul, would take the trouble to examine the resolutions of the council of 1917-1918 (in any edition, the current or old), then they would find nothing of the sort. There simply is nothing of the sort there!
True, there was a discussion of this matter, but in the resolutions of the council there is nothing even close to the vulgar ventures of the Kochetkovites. Moreover, the council instructed church leaders "to protect the supreme virtue of the Slavonic language."
By the way, with regard to Church Slavonic Fr Kochetkov puts forth a particular kind of lie. He says that the hierarch Feofan the Recluse--"not today, tomorrow"--called for a translation of our service books. But Fr Kochetkov does not accept what Bishop Feofan wrote: "It is necessary to translate our service books not into Russia but to retranslate them into Church Slavonic so that their expressions will be more understandable." I am quoting from memory, but I think everyone will see the difference.
And as for the jeans. Fr Georgi Kochetkov spoke out on the program "Vremechko" and declared that the Presentation monastery was trading in jeans, when he knew quite well that the trade in jeans was being carried on by an organization located on the grounds of the monastery but which had nothing to do with the monastery which had been located there even when Fr Georgi himself was there.
Master Vasily Rodziansky was quite upset which he saw A.M. Kopirovsky, a layman, consuming the Holy Gifts. The bishop wrote about this in the newspaper, I think in Pravoslavnaia Moskva. "How is this possible that a person who does not have the grace of the priestly rank takes Christ to himself?" This is simply totally unthinkable.
But when we asked Kochetkov and Kopirovsky: "How can you give the blessing when you consume the Holy Gifts?" They simply declared frankly: "Laity do not consume the Holy Gifts in our church; it never happened." With a straight face. This is completely unthinkable.
This is the extent to which the horrible, destructive work is carried on in this parish.
And the translations? This also is a complete lie. Russian translations that Fr Georgi promoted are a lie. It is a sacrilege of the Holy Scripture. Fr Valentin Asmus cited in his article the line from the Alleluia: "Bring them evil, Lord; bring the powerful of the earth evil." Kochetkov's translation: "You prosper your people, Lord, prosper the people and glorify yourself and extend all the ends of the earth." That's the falsehood of the notorious translations. What kind of Orthodoxy, what kind of faith, what kind of god can such a person serve? He is serving the father of lies, nobody else!
--Father, perhaps we can return to the crime which was committed by Kochetkov and his parishioners. Could you tell us what really happened in those few days? The picture is more or less clear, but we want to have details.
--In the course of almost two months, Fr Mikhail Dubovitsky, who had been named second priest of the church of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God in Pechatniki, was subjected to the most refined and sadistic insults on the part of the congregation of Fr Kochetkov. I have a letter from one of our parishioners, Ekaterina Tolstaia, who along with other people from our church was an eyewitness to these insults. Here is what she writes: "I had occasion to be a witness of the humiliation and blasphemy directed toward the Orthodox priest Fr Mikhail at the services on 7 and 21 June. At the services and liturgy members of the congregation made insulting remarks, interrupted the priest, and at the time of the sermon tried to drown him out by shouting in unison: 'Lord, have mercy.' They refused to receive the Divine Eucharist from Fr Mikhail's hand. Before my eyes one parishioner approached Fr Mikhail before the service and, tapping his shoulder, asked him to be quiet so that they would be able to pray to themselves. I overheard the reply: "All you need is the sponge and vinegar." Several people standing nearby heard this and they can testify to it in Christian conscience. But several parishioners of Fr Georgi also approached me and said: "Fr Tikhon, we are afraid that they are going to give us some young man, young priest." This actually was terrible and horrifying. Inhumane! And now this inhumanity has come to this that a healthy man has been declared mad. The newspapers talk about it. The deceived Sergei Bychkov writes that the diagnosis of acute psychosis was pronounced.
--But we know that literally the next day a consultation of doctors declared the father completely healthy.
--Excuse me. Not the next day. The same day. Several hours later. There was a consultation which acknowledged that Fr Mikhail was completely healthy. The next day there was another consultation which completely confirmed his mental health.
A total outrage was committed against Fr Mikhail. He was beaten by the altar boys of Fr Kochetkov. His priestly vestments were torn from him; he was declared insane; he was taken to the psychiatric hospital, which he was almost killed, by illegally injecting him with an enormous dose of tranquilizers (he was at the point of death because some time later he had a seizure and he could have suffocated, according to the physicians). And again the Kochetkovites, who practically took him to Golgotha, at the time when he was dying claim on the radio that they "were praying for him." Our church has never known such blasphemy.
I cannot imagine the extent of their insensitivity that lets them, despite all this, to talk all the time about live and freedom.
--Let's avoid an emotional description of the situation. It was the culmination of five years of unnatural church life in this congregation. From the start of Fr Georgi's work Orthodox people have been writing, talking, and holding conferences to discuss these questions. Fr Georgi himself talked about how it is necessary "to discuss these things publicly." They were discussed publicly and shown to be incorrect. But what effect have these conferences, discussions, and articles had on Fr Georgi?
--There were very interesting, but rather strange, conferences. A multitude of serious people assembled, who discusses these ideas seriously, to Fr Georgi's delight. He said, for example, that Mahatma Gandhi was within the boundaries of the "mystical church," "Mahatma Gandhi is a member of our church." And we seriously began to demonstrate that Mahatma Gandhi was not a member of the church. And this paranoid nonsense has continued a long time.
Or he declares that only people who have gone through his catechetical courses are members of the church, including priests, bishops, and, perhaps, the patriarch. And so that organize conferences on this topic. Reports are delivered. That is, this nonsense is beginning to be discussed.
Then he suddenly invokes the church. Come to the church! And modify its boundaries. He thinks that it is necessary to modify the boundaries of our "primitive, stupid" Orthodox church in order to draw near to the "empowering, as by the wind, edges of the mystical church" (I am quoting)
And we have the stupidity to discuss all this nonsense at conferences and symposia without realizing that the people in front of us are simply parachurch hooligans who are miscreants trying only to destroy our church.
I am profoundly convinced that if the whole church were to celebrate in the Russian language, Fr Georgi would celebrate in Church Slavonic along with his whole gang. Or in Swahili or in Japanese--whatever it takes to disrupt.
--But how can all of this nonsense be restrained?
--A parallel totalitarian structure is being created in the Russian Orthodox church, based on the denial of everything that the Russian Orthodox church stands for. This structure is not simply being created--it already has been created and it is working for the destruction and deception of people who are unfortunately ready to be deceived. I can only recall here the words of Fr John Krestiankin, our elder, who knows quite well the situation and who knows the truth about such renovationism since he went through this period in the history of our church as a hero. And he said to me, and not to me only: "If we do not destroy this horrible movement, it will destroy the church."
This Carthage lie must be destroyed!