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Secret Roots of Liberation Theology

MP Plot Against the Church
by ION MIHAI PACEPA April 23, 2015 

History often repeats itself, and if you have lived two lives, as I have done, you have a good chance of seeing the reenactment with your own eyes. 

Liberation theology, of which not much has been heard for two decades, is back in the news. But what is not being mentioned is its origins. It was not invented by Latin American Catholics. It was developed by the KGB. The man who is now the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, secretly worked for the KGB under the code name “Mikhailov” and spent four decades promoting liberation theology, which we at the top of the Eastern European intelligence community nicknamed Christianized Marxism. 

Liberation theology has been generally understood to be a marriage of Marxism and Christianity. What has not been understood is that it was not the product of Christians who pursued Communism, but of Communists who pursued Christians. I described the birth of liberation theology in my book Disinformation, co-authored with Professor Ronald Rychlak. Its genesis was part of a highly classified Party/State Disinformation Program, formally approved in 1960 by KGB chairman Aleksandr Shelepin and Politburo member Aleksei Kirichenko, then the second in the party hierarchy after Nikita Khrushchev. 

In 1971, the KGB sent Kirill — who had just been elevated to the rank of archimandrite — to Geneva as emissary of the Russian Orthodox Church to the World Council of Churches. The WCC was, and still is, the largest international religious organization after the Vatican, representing some 550 million Christians of various denominations in 120 countries. Kirill/Mikhailov’s main task was to involve the WCC in spreading the new liberation theology throughout Latin America. In 1975, the KGB was able to infiltrate Kirill into the Central Committee of the WCC — a position he held until he was “elected” patriarch of Russia, in 2009. Not long after he joined the Central Committee, Kirill reported to the KGB: “Now the agenda of the WCC is also our agenda.” 

During Kirill’s years at the helm of the WCC, liberation theology put down deep roots in Latin America — where the map now has significant patches of red. Russian military ships and bombers are back in Cuba for the first time since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, and Russia has also newly sent ships and bombers to Venezuela. 

Pope John Paul II, who knew the Communist playbook well, was not taken in by the Soviets’ liberation theology. In 1983, his friend and trusted colleague Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI), who at that time was head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, discarded as Marxist the liberation-theology idea that class struggle is fundamental to history. The cardinal called liberation theology a “singular heresy” and blasted it as a “fundamental threat” to the Church. 

Of course, it was and remains a threat — one deliberately designed to undermine the Church and destabilize the West by subordinating religion to an atheist political ideology for its geopolitical gain. 

Now names — like Oscar Romero and Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann – not heard since the 1980s, when the Soviet Union was still en vogue, are again making international news. And here we are. The promoters of a KGB-inspired religious ideology, which once embraced violent Marxist revolution, are now denying its link to Marxism and to the KGB. 

Each society reflects its own past. Down through the ages, everyone who has sat on the Kremlin throne — autocratic tsar, Communist leader, or democratically elected president — has been preoccupied with controlling all expressions of religion that might impinge on his political ambitions. When Ivan IV — the Terrible — had himself crowned in 1547 as Russia’s first tsar, he also made himself head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Tsarism and Communism may have been swallowed up by the sands of time, but the Kremlin continues this tradition. 

Throughout its history, Russia has been a samoderzhaviye, a traditional Russian form of totalitarian autocracy in which a feudal lord rules the country and the church with the help of his political police force. The latter, whenever it had a sticky image problem, simply changed its name — from Okhrana to Cheka, to GPU, to OGPU, to NKVD, to NKGB, to MGB, to MVD, to KGB — ­and pretended it was a brand new organization. 

Many deceased KGB officers must have been chortling in their graves on New Year’s Eve, 1999, when their old boss, Vladimir Putin, at one time my KGB counterpart, enthroned himself in the Kremlin. During the Cold War, the KGB was a state within a state. Now the KGB — rechristened FSB — is the state itself. According to a study published in the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, by 2003, some 6,000 former KGB officers were running Russia’s federal and local governments. The respected British newspaper the Guardian reports that President Putin has secretly accumulated over $40 billion, becoming Europe’s richest man. 

In Russia, the more things change, the more they seem to stay the same. 

This brings us back to Kirill/Mikhailov. In 2006 Archbishop Kirill’s personal wealth was estimated at $4 billion by the Moscow News. No wonder. In the mid-1990s, the Russian Orthodox Church’s Department for External Church Relations, managed by Kirill, was granted the privilege of duty-free importation of cigarettes as reward for his loyalty to the KGB. It did not take long for him to become the largest supplier of foreign cigarettes in Russia.

 A few years ago, while Kirill was visiting Ukraine as the new Patriarch of Russia, a newspaper published a photo in which the prelate could be seen wearing a Breguet wristwatch, the price of which was estimated at 30,000 euros. The Russian newspaper Kommersant accused Kirill of abusing the privilege of duty-free importation of cigarettes, and dubbed him the “tobacco metropolitan.” Kirill denied having such a watch. He said the photograph must have been altered by his enemies, and he posted the “real” photograph on his official website. A careful study of this “real” photograph, however, shows that the Breguet watch had been airbrushed off his wrist, but its reflection is still clearly visible on a table surface beneath his arm. 

Mikhailov and his KGB, rechristened FSB, are now doing their best to airbrush out the apron strings connecting them to liberation theology. Let’s not allow them to succeed. 

— Lieutenant General (retired) Ion Mihai Pacepa is the highest-ranking Soviet-bloc official ever to defect to the West. His last book, Disinformation, co-authored with Professor Ronald Rychlak and published by WND, is currently being made into a Hollywood movie.


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An Orthodox Liturgist’s Pilgrimage Through Advent

John Peter E. Presson, Protopsaltis of the Metropolis of Portland and the West

I must admit –I am as tempted by “The Christmas Blues” as any one else.  Between a mix of childhood and adulthood memories, the constant barrage of social “expectations” of the perfect Christmas, the daily news footage of an “up” or “down” holiday season judged by the track of retail sales, and Christmas parties that I can’t eat the food.  Additionally, as an Eastern Orthodox Christian who follows the traditional Julian Calendar (celebrating the Birth of the Saviour two weeks after everyone else), I get now up to two months of this nonsense rammed down my throat with the force of a pile driver.   And it gets earlier and earlier every year.  What’s an Orthodox Christian to do???

The Orthodox Church provides the perfect remedy to “The Christmas Blues” –a firewall between us and the world around us.  The 6 week Fast of Preparation that begins the day after the Feast of the Apostle Philip and ends on Christmas Day know as the Nativity Fast or Advent for its focus on the events, persons and prophecies pointing to Our Saviour’s Incarnation in the flesh. Much in the same way as the Lenten Springtime that precedes the Feast of Pascha is intensely liturgical in its focus, so is the Fast of Advent that begins in late November, and ends on December 25 (Old Style).  As one who has attended and chanted many of these services, this is one psaltis and liturgist’s little journey through this blessed time:

  • For us Advent begins somewhat uneventfully on November 15 –the day after the Feast of the Apostle Phillip, and proceeds as such until November 21.
  • November 21 –the Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God Into the Temple.  It is on this Feast that we catch the first liturgical glimmers of the joy of Christmas:  the Katavasiae from the 1st Canon of the Feast of the Nativity:

Christ is born!  Give ye glory! Christ is come from Heaven, receive ye Him!  Christ is on earth, be ye exalted! Sing unto the Lord all the earth and sing praises in gladness, O ye peoples; for He is glorified.

To the Son Who was begotten of the Father before the ages without change, and in this last days was without seed made flesh of the Virgin, to Christ our God, let us cry aloud:  Thou Who hast raised up our horn:  Holy art Thou, O Lord.

Rod of the root of Jesse, and flower that blossomed from his stem, O Christ, Thou hast sprung from the Virgin; from the mountain densely overshadowed has Thou come, O Praised One, made flesh of her that knew no wedlock.  O Thou Who art immateriate and God, glory to Thy power, O Lord.

Since Thou art the God of peace and the Father of mercies, Thou hast sent unto us Thine Angel of Great Council, granting us peace.  Wherefore having been guided to the light of divine knowledge and watching by night, we glorify Thee, O Friend of man.

The sea-monster spat forth Jonas as it had received him like a babe from the womb; while the Word, having dwelt in the Virgin and taken flesh, came forth from her, yet kept her incorrupt. For being Himself not subject to corruption, He preserved His Mother free from harm.

Scorning the impious decree, the Children brought up in godliness feared not the threat of fire, but standing in the midst of the flames, the chanted:  O God of our Fathers, blessed art Thou.

The furnace moist with dew was the image and figure of a wonder past nature; for it burned not the Youths whom it had received, even as the fire of the Godhead consumed not the Virgin’s womb into which it had descended.  Wherefore in praise let us sing:  Let all creation bless the Lord, and supremely exalt Him unto all the ages

A strange and marvelous mystery do I behold; the cave is a heaven; the Virgin a cherubic throne; the manger a space wherein Christ God the Uncontainable One hath reclined.  Him do we magnify.

  • From this point we chant these Katavasiae at every Sunday Matins until Christmas, and likewise at every Liturgy we chant the Kontakion of the Fore feast:

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to the Word ineffably, Who was before all the ages.  Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing the gladsome tidings; with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him Who is willing to be gazed on as a young Child, Who before the ages is God.

  • On December 1st, 2nd and 3rd we celebrate the memory of the Prophets Nahum, Abbakum, and Sophanias who all pointed the way to the Advent of Christ.
  • On December 6th, we celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra in Lycia –that great archetype of Christian giving, to whom every Christmas gift given must be a reflection of.  It is of note that in Orthodox nations (and even in some heterodox European nations) the traditional day of exchanging of gifts is done on this day.
  • On the Sunday that falls between December 11-17 (the second Sunday before Christmas) we find the first of the formal “Advent Sundays” –the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers –that is all the Old Testament Patriarchs and Prophets before and after the Law that preceded Christ:

Come, with faith let us all celebrate the annual memory of the Fathers before the Law, even Abraham and those with him.  Let us honour, as is meet, the tribe of Judah.  With Daniel, let us acclaim as a figure of the Trinity the Children in Babylon, who quenched the flame in the furnace.  Cleaving steadfastly to the predictions of the Prophets, let us cry out with a great voice together with Elias:  Behold a Virgin shall be with child and she shall bear a Son, Emanuel; which being interpreted is: God is with us!

   From the Doxasticon of the Praises of Matins –Forefathers Sunday

  • December 17th, we celebrate the Prophet Daniel and the Three Children in Babylon:  Ananias, Azarias and Misael.
  • The Sunday that falls between December 18 and the 24th is the next formal “Advent Sunday” –the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ –often called the Sunday of the Holy Fathers in which the entire genealogy of the Incarnate Saviour is commemorated from Adam and Eve to St. Joseph and the Theotokos.  At Matins, the Synaxarion recounts every one of the Royal Lineage and at the Liturgy, the Gospel of St. Matthew (1:1-25) is read recounting the genealogy.
  • December 20th begins the Fore feast for Nativity:

O House of Ephratha, august and Holy City, thou glory of the Prophets, prepare the house wherein the Divine One shall be born for us.

A blessed remainder of the Advent season to all, and wishing you a glorious and peaceful Feast of the One Who is Incarnate for our sakes.

John Peter Edward Presson

Memory Eternal

As Father Job passed away on Saturday Nov 26th,
 the ninth day is Sunday Dec 4 
and the fortieth day is Monday Jan 4th. 

May God grant Father Job Memory Eternal and Eternal Rest! 

On Saturday November 26, 2016 at 11:40am Protodeacon Job Chemerov passed away to the Lord. Father Job served at St. Sergius Russian Orthodox Church at Tolstoy Foundation for many decades before a fall ended his ability to serve approximately three years ago. Eternal Memory!


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Go to Greece if you want to debate

"Go to Greece if you want to debate."

Here is an excerpt from a Russian History of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church that was actually written as a seminary textbook translated by Reader Isaac Lambertson (SJKP):

§ 55

As early as the reign of the Great Prince Vladimir, preachers from the Roman Church appeared in Russia, and his answer to them – "Our fathers did not receive the Faith from the pope" – shows that there had been attempts even before Vladimir's time on the part of the popes to subject the Russians to their authority.  In the second half of the 11th century (1075), Pope Gregory VII offered Great Prince Izyaslav, who had been driven from Kiev, armed assistance to enable him to return to Kiev, if he would acknowledge his authority; but Izyaslav did not recognize that authority and returned to his capital without help from the pope.  In the beginning of the 13th century (I204), Pope Innocent III promised Prince Romanus of Volyn to subject to him people, using the sword of St. Peter; but Romanus, pointing to his own sword, declared to the pope's emissaries that he needed no other sword than his own.  In the mid-13th century (l253), Pope Innocent IV tried to persuade Prince Alexander Nevsky to come under the protection of the Roman see, but the hero of the Neva answered him, saying: "We know the true teaching of the Church, but we do not accept yours."  In the mid-14th century (1347), King Magnus of Sweden, at the pope's instigation, proposed to the people of Novgorod that they enter into a debate concerning the Faith; but Archbishop Basil of Novgorod told him to go to the Church of Greece if he wished debate.  During the reign of Tsar John the Terrible (1581), the sly Jesuit Anthony Possevin arrived in Moscow with the purpose of arranging a treaty between the Tsar and King Stephen Batory of Poland, and also of persuading the Tsar to recognize the pope.  John showered Anthony with gifts and kindnesses to appease Batory, but in discussions about the Faith gave him a stern rebuff.  On his return trip through Poland, Anthony Possevin advised the King and his fellow Jesuits to work towards a unia in every way possible, since it was impossible to achieve any direct submission of the Russians to the popes.

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Editorial Comment:

For me, this idea of "go to Greece to debate" sums up the essence of ROCOR's special place in Orthodoxy.  If ROCOR disappears, then the GOC would lose a Sister Church.  We already have no Sister Church parishes in America of the Romanians or the Bulgarians or the true Free Serbians.  Will the GOC be the only one left in America if everyone left in the ROCOR runs off to the GOC for greener pastures?  

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St. Tikhon Epistle to Soviet Commissar 1918

St. Tikhon the Confessor Patriarch of Moscow
Feast Day November 5/18

Metr. [Patriarch] Tikhon’s Epistle to the Soviet of the People’s Commissars, 26 October, 1918: 

While you were seizing the power, you asked the people to trust you, and made promises to them.  But have those promises been fulfilled?  You gave a stone instead of a loaf, and a serpent instead of a fish (Mt.7:9-10).  You have substituted a soulless international concept for our Motherland.  You have divided the people into enemy camps and plunged them into a fratricidal war of an unprecedented cruelty.  You have openly replaced Christ's love by hatred; you have not brought peace, you have incited class hatred.  There seems to be no end in sight to the war instigated by you, because with the hands of Russian workers and peasants you are trying to bring about the triumph of a phantom world revolution.  No one feels safe under your regime, where there reigns a constant fear of search, robbery, arrests and exile or execution.  You promise freedom, but there can hardly be anything more painful and cruel than violation of religious freedom.  The press is blasphemous and full of a malicious ridiculing of sacred things.  You have barred the entrance to the Moscow Kremlin – the sacred inheritance of all pious Russians.  We know that our accusations will anger you and cause severe reprisals, that you will use our words as a pretext to accuse us of resisting your government.  But the greater your anger and punitive acts, the more the truth of our accusations will be confirmed.  Mark the anniversary of your rule by liberating those imprisoned by you; by ceasing bloodshed, violence, destruction and oppression of religion.  Otherwise all righteous blood shed by you, shall be required of you (Lk.11:51), and 'you that take the sword shall perish by the sword' (Mt.26:52).

Archpriest Michael Polsky, The New Martyrs of Russia. Montreal: 1972, p. 45. Russian version in Nash sovremennik, no. 4 (1990), pp. 160-162. 


from Joanna's notepad

We know that Antichrist will come to rule the world for 7 years before the 2nd Coming of Christ.  We know Antichrist will set up one world government and one world church.  We know the Mystery of Iniquity already doth work in the world and already has control of banks, media, hollywood, schools, etc.  As the antichrist spirit increases its manifestation in the world, battle lines are being drawn in the world to oppose it.  One Western Christian from the world (Alex Jones) is fighting the battle, as best as could be imagined for someone outside the Orthodox Church, by offering a media option (InfoWars) free from globalists' control.  He has a good understanding of the Mystery of Iniquity and recognizes the antichrist spirit.   (We can overlook his chiliastic ideas of a "Liberty Movement".)

Friday Nov 12, Infowars  Weekly Wrap Up (video 10 minutes)

Wednesday Nov 9, Infowars  (video 28 minutes)

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