After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


Synod Declares Third Reich Hostile

A Declaration
of the Synod of Bishops
of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad

Recently among members of our Church in the Russian Federation, a tendency has manifested itself to justify the Third Reich, to express sympathy to its leaders and the ideology of German Nazism.  This tendency arose in connection with the debate over nationalistic-Bolshevism.  Nevertheless, it cannot be justified.  The ideology of Nazism with its elements of racism and its adoption of the anti-Christian theories of Nietszche and Darwin contradict the dogmatic teachings of the Orthodox Church, its anthropology and Soteriology.  The pagan, aggressive nature of the Third Reich is hostile to historic Russia and the ideals of Holy Russia.  If the plans of world domination by the Third Reich had been realized, it would have led to the extermination and the enslavement of the Russian nation and the destruction of the Russian land.  That is why Orthodox-minded Russian patriots who fought the Soviet regime during the years of World War II were not counting on Hitler and the Nazi party, but on the conservative, anti-Nazi forces of Germany which were opposed to the Nazi regime.

Anyone who wishes to be a part of the Russian traditions of the ROCA should better acquaint themselves with the works of its founders and ideologues and understand that the White, Russian way is fundamentally different from the brown, Nazi way.  Those who do not wish to understand this and do not wish to accept the ideology of the ROCA and even openly express their agreement with Nazism in the guise of supposed religious teachings cannot be considered members of our Church.

Odessa, October 28\November 10, 2011

+Metropolitan AGAFANGEL
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad

Members of the Synod of Bishops :
+Archbishop SOFRONIY
(who offered his personal opinion)

 +Bishop KIRILL
+Bishop NIKON

Thank you D.G. for this translation


Joanna said...

Maybe we should start a list:

Christian evolutionists

Orthodox Charismatics

Jurisdictional ecumenists

western rite sympathizers
Harry Potter sanctifiers

Nazi vindicators

what next? Homo sympathizers?

Joanna said...

Fr. Seraphim Rose explains about the relationship between the Darwin–Teilhard de Chardin [Neitszche] philosophy and the antichrist in his Creation book:


Fr. Seraphim Rose explains about the relationship between the Darwin–Teilhard de Chardin [Neitszche] philosophy and the antichrist in his Creation book:


our Met. is recommending that we all be acquainted with these teachings.

Reader Daniel said...

The main reason for this ROCA declaration:

It has to do with current social matters and attitudes in present Russia. There is a resurgence of neo-Nazism, among various layers of Russian society, namely among youths, 'Nashi' and the 'Skinheads', plus among others, who dream of, 'what could have been' IF the blood-thirsty God-hating, bolsheviks had not taken over & wrecked Russia-i.e. IF the powerful German Nazi military, had been able to defeat them, etc. But, oddly, these pro-Nazi feelings are totally historically ignorant and illogical, and are centered around a personal demonic cultic admiration for Adolf Hitler.

Russians who admire V. Putin, are pro-Nazi! (and, they often also admire Stalin too!). Others, who hate the neo-soviet system still in power there, ALSO admire Hitler. Anti-MP folks, also can be pro-Nazi!

None of this makes any sense to us in the west, but such are the confused ideas and causes in present day Russia, all a product of recent past soviet education.

But, of course, no real Orthodox Christian, nor any sort of a Christian!, CAN praise Hitler or Nazism, past or present.

That is what Met. Agafangel and our bishops are saying: If one is an obstinate Nazi... please repent of it or go away! We don't tolerate or want such people in our church. Both Nazi-ism and Boslshevikism were and are VERY evil and anti-human social systems. Between the two, we can only do a body count: which system murdered more people?

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