Introduction: The Geopolitical Background
In four raids between 13 and 15 February 1945, 1,249 bombers of the British and US Air Forces dropped nearly 4,000 tons of high explosives on the city of culture, Dresden, in eastern Germany. Some 25,000 German civilians were burned to death in the firestorm caused by this criminal act, carried out partly so that the nearby Red Army, the real victor over the Nazis, would be intimidated. A few months later perhaps two hundred thousand Japanese civilians were massacred by US Atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the orders of President Truman. This was partly for the same reason – to intimidate the Soviet Union. Thus was the start of the closing of what Churchill later described on 5 March 1946 in Fulton, Missouri, as ‘the Iron Curtain’. This was actually a term that he had taken from the equally Russophobic Nazi Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, who had already used it about the Soviet Union.
The Events of 1948: The Enslaved East and the Enslaved West
Three years later, in July 1948, with the Cold War in full swing, the persecuted Russian Orthodox Church held an international Orthodox Conference in Moscow to celebrate the 500th anniversary of its independence. The Church held this Conference but the atheist authorities tried to influence its agenda. Thus, they tried to pressure the Church to set up a Soviet-run World Congress of Churches, to hold an ‘Eighth Universal Council’, to abandon the Orthodox calendar for the Western calendar, as the Patriarchate of Constantinople had already done under Anglican pressure with a ‘gift’ of £100,000 in 1923 to the British freemason Patriarch Meletios (Metaksakis), to condemn and isolate the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia and to declare Catholicism a heresy. This would condemn the essentially Western ideology of Fascism, promoted by the Vatican. (All the Catholic countries of Europe had been Fascist during World War II and Mussolini and Hitler, whose death had been regretted by the Irish Catholic government, were both nominal Catholics).
However, these attempts to force the Russian Orthodox Church inside Russia to set up an ecumenist, Soviet-run, World Congress of Churches, hold an ‘Eighth Universal Council’, abandon the Orthodox calendar and condemn the Church Outside Russia failed, and, moreover, the Church rejected ecumenism. An important role at this Conference, which resisted the atheists and instead proclaimed Orthodox Truths, was played by the future St Seraphim of Sofia (+ 1950). He had been the archbishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia in Bulgaria until 1945 and is one of the three canonized saints of the Church Outside Russia, together with St Jonah of Hankou (+ 1925) and St John of Shanghai (+ 1966). A great Orthodox theologian and a monarchist who eloquently expressed the Orthodox worldview, he helped reject ecumenism and modernism and defended the Orthodox calendar.
Moreover, two of the Church’s other aims at the Conference were partially achieved. These included establishing closer relations between Local Orthodox Churches and restoring the authority of the Russian Orthodox Church, lost as a result of atheist persecution since 1917, resulting in chaos in the rest of the Orthodox world. Nevertheless, the 1948 Conference was attended largely only by Orthodox delegates from Soviet-controlled areas of Europe. It was not Pan-Orthodox. It was regrettable that Stalin tried to use the enslaved Russian Church inside Russia to influence Eastern European Orthodox Churches and the Patriarchates of Jerusalem, Antioch and Alexandria in conformity with Soviet politics. In response, the Americans, who had replaced the bankrupt British as the policemen-imposers of the Western World Order, notably in the Pacific and the Middle East, decided to reinforce the long-standing British manipulation of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, but in a more direct, cowboyish way.
Thus, in 1948 the personal aeroplane of President Truman landed in Istanbul. Inside were ruthless US government agents, come to kidnap Patriarch Maximos V (Vaportzis) of Constantinople. As his then archdeacon and an eyewitness, Bishop Irinaios of Birmingham, England (+ 2009) later told me, the pro-Orthodox Tradition Patriarch was threatened and ordered to enter the aeroplane or else he would, at best, disappear. So he was sent into exile in Switzerland until his death in 1972. He was replaced by the US puppet, the ambitious Greek Archbishop of America, Archbishop Athenagoras, a Greek nationalist, ecumenist and modernist. Soon after he was duly flown to Istanbul in the same presidential aeroplane. The obviously uncanonical deposition of the pro-Orthodox Patriarch Maximos and his uncanonical replacement has led to the enslavement of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to the US State Department ever since. Thus, the recent 2016 Crete Conference was merely one episode in that seventy-year old saga.
Today’s Situation: The Free East and the Enslaved West
Today, with Communism long since gone, the reviving Russian Orthodox Church inside Russia is free, as witnessed to by the unity between it and the Church Outside Russia, proclaimed in 2007. Sadly, however, the Patriarchate of Constantinople and those now dependent not on atheist dictators but on atheist US ambassadors in Eastern Europe to nominate local Patriarchs, are still not free. Indeed, in recent years their puppetmasters in Washington and its vassal EU have launched a new Cold War against both the Russian Federation and the Russian Orthodox Church, as seen in Romania and Serbia and, for example, in the 2006 Sourozh schism, aggressively promoted by the British Establishment using the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The US puppetmasters have always exploited the enslaved Patriarchate of Constantinople, flattering nationalistic Hellenist vanity and encouraging the daydream of Greek imperialism, which died in 1453 despite fantasies to the contrary.
This has been visible recently, notably in Crete in 2016, and in the foreign-run and, just like Nazi Germany, ultra-nationalist and essentially neo-pagan Ukraine. The method and aim of the West has always been to divide and rule, like pagan Rome, whose heir it is, as we can see from the very architecture of the White House in Washington. To divide and rule the whole Orthodox Church, as Hitler tried in the Ukraine, and to impose everywhere the Western calendar, is the great prize that still eludes the neocons in Washington. Today, it is they who define the ideology of the Western elite, as once did their spiritual ancestors, the organizers of the crusades of the Frankish and Teutonic knights. At that time these latter were opposed over two centuries by the champions of Orthodoxy, St Alexander Nevsky (+ 1263), St Gregory Palamas (+ 1359) and St Mark of Ephesus (+ 1444): today we venerate their holy memory as our spiritual ancestors, for Orthodox unity has always been international and consistent.
It is our hope in ROCOR that the now freed, reunited and mutinational Russian Orthodox Church, representing 75% of all Orthodox worldwide, can finally be recognized internationally as the de jure leader of the Orthodox world, the real ‘Ecumenical Patriarchate’, as it long has been de facto. However, such leadership is only possible, providing that Russian Orthodox do not fall into Western-style tyranny. The Third Rome is neither the Third Reich, nor the Third International. To be the Third Rome means to serve, not to tyrannize. We Russian Orthodox defend the sovereignty and so friendship of the nations, we do not destroy it and turn other peoples into our vassals and colonies. Equally, as the Church of multinational Holy Rus, we must resist the heretical disease of petty, provincial nationalism, known as phyletism, long endemic in the Balkans and the western Ukraine. And, finally, we must resist the political temptations of the false spirituality of power-politics ecumenism, which sets diplomacy above the Truth.
We can do this by showing the multinational and multilingual nature of our Holy Rus and calling a new Orthodox Conference in Moscow (perhaps at the restored Monastery of New Jerusalem). This is necessary in order to counter the anti-Orthodox ecumenist, modernist and nationalist errors and compromises promulgated in Crete in 2016 and set the Orthodox Church on its missionary course. The Church’s task is not political, but pastoral, our task is not to command, but to serve. At such a Conference we can call on all to repent and return to the Orthodox calendar and other traditions, thus quelling divisive old calendarist schisms in the new calendar Churches. Despite their names, neither the Conference in Moscow in 1948, nor the Conference in Crete in 2016, was Pan-Orthodox. Here is an opportunity to hold a true and politically free Pan-Orthodox Conference, which, if inspired by the Holy Spirit, might later be recognized as a Council.