Remembering the Sign given to us
on St. Michael's day 1998
The following astonishing candid statement is found in the January-February 1999 issue of Orthodox Life: page 40
To those who criticized and denounced the firm and strictly ecclesiastical spirit which was connected with the name of our First Hierarch Metropolitan Philaret, to those who called his primacy "a time of stagnation," the proof of his undoubted sanctity has now been made manifest. It was made apparent at the very same time when, among some of our pastors and members of our flock, there arose doubts as to the rightness of this course, and even the temptation to cast themselves into the deceptively open embrace of the Moscow Patriarchate.