Comrade Stalin's Church 1943

Dr Magerovsky; Putin, Alexy II, Alexy's pet dog "KGB;" Laurus Kissing Alexy's Assymetrical "crooked" Face!

- Sbn Nathanael Kapner: "Can you give us a brief overview of the 'political-religious' scenario inside of Russia between the years of 1927--the year when Metropolitan Serios issued his infamous "Declaration," and 1943---the year when Stalin established the Moscow Patriarchy?"

Dr Magerovsky: "This time period between 1927 and 1943 has to be taken together with the ascent of Stalin to power. After the death of Lenin in January of 1924--Stalin began his gradual rise to power within the Communist Party.

~ "By 1934, Stalin's power struggle was complete with the beginning of his building of heavy industry, known as the "5 Year Plans," which began in 1929. Broadly speaking, this time period between 1927 and 1943, may be called the era of Stalin's "5 Year-Plans."

- Sbn Nathanael: "Did this building up of heavy industry by Stalin, adversly affect the village-church-unit-scenario of Russian Society?"

Dr Magerovsky: "Yes. Alongside of the 5 Year Plans, Stalin then initiated the "Collectivization" of Russia. Essentially, Stalin's "Collectivization," was the destruction of peasant households, and the building of the peasant-farming communes. This met with much protest from the peasant farmers. Stalin murdered those who protested.

~ "Stalin's "Collectivization" created much upheaval for the Russian Church. For now with the loss of private-village life, and the growing urbanization centered around 1ndustrialization, the parishioner-priest-relationship was undermined.

~ "The old-order was now being destroyed by Stalin. The Church was always associated with the peasant village. Now we see Stalin's new-order emerging and the Church being replaced by "urbanization" and the "kol-khoz"---that is the "collective-farm."

"Holy New Martyrs Of Russia, Intercede For Us Sinners!"

Sbn Nathanael: "Was Stalin overtly persecuting the church?"

Dr Magerovsky: "Yes--extensively. 1927 marked the beginning of the Catacomb Church--led by St. Joseph Of Petrograd who renounced quite early on, Metropolitan Sergios' infamous Declaration.

~ "Stalin's overt persecution of the Church reached its apogee in 1938--when many of the Catacomb Churchs' hierarchs were killed."

Martyrs' Met Peter Of Krutitsk +1936; Met Cyril Of Kazan +1938;
Met Joseph Of Petrograd +1938

Sbn Nathanael: "What about the priests and the common people? Were they threatened and intimidated by Stalin?"

Dr Magerovsky: "Stalin did not warn with threats or intimidations. If you were a believer--whether priest or parishioner--the communists simply came, arrested, and killed."

Sbn Nathanael: "In our first Interview, you stated that those hierarchs who fled the Bolsheviks, eventually ended up in Yugoslavia and established a Council known as the "Sremske-Karlovice Synod." This Synod, as you informed us, was tied to Patriarch Tikhon in Moscow. What was occuring with the Russians Church Abroad and its new Synod during this period between 1927 and 1943?"

Dr Magerovsky: "To fully understand the events of the ROCOR during this period, it is essential to understand that in 1920, Patriarch Tikhon, foreseeing the possible severance of communications with the Patriarchy---issued his "UKAZ 362." Essentially, this UKAZ stated that in the event of severed communications, the ruling hierarch of each diocese had the right to rule apart from Synodal concurrence."

Met Evlogy Georgievsky; Met Platon Rozhdestvensky

Sbn Nathanael: "Did the Sremske-Karlovice Synod have world-wide oversight?"

Dr Magerovsky: "Not at all. Metropolitan Evlogy, who operated more or less independantly, had oversite of France and much of Germany and Czechoslavakia. The Sremske-Karlovice Synod up until 1943, was mostly related to the emigres'in Yugoslavia and other areas concentrated in the Balkans. It wasn't until the Synod moved to the United States in 1951 that the ROCOR began its final formation and its universal authority."

Sbn Nathanael: "What was the situation with Metropolitan Platon in America during this time period between 1927 and 1943?"

Dr Magerovsky: "The "Metropolia" was established first in San Francisco during Tzarist days under the Church in Russia. Metropolitan Platon, who later moved to New York, *was never under any compulsion* to join with the Sremske-Karlovice Synod. For UKAZ #362 applied to the Metropolia just as much as it did to the Sremske-Karlovice Synod."

Sbn Nathanael: "Can you tell us something about Metropolitan Evlogy of Western Europe during this time period?"

Dr Magerovsky: "Metropolitan Evlogy was initially appointed as the head of the "Temporary Higher Church Administration" for Western Europe. Metropolitan Evlogy was part of the original Sremske-Karlovice Synod under the Chairmanship of Metropolitan Anthony Krapovitsky. However, he permanantly left the ROCOR Synod and joined the Ecumenical Patriachate in Constantinople in 1936. Evlogy established a controversial center in Paris known as the "parisian school."

The Russian Winters "Defeated" Germany

Sbn Nathanael: "Can you tell us how the "Moscow Patriarchy" was established by Stalin in 1943?"

Dr Magerovsky: "First of all in 1941 Hitler attacked the Soviet Union. By 1943, Hitler had occupied vast areas of Russian territories. In these areas churches had sprung up like mushrooms.

~ "The tide began to turn against the Germans in 1943. Stalin was now reconquering those territories where the churches had been reopened by the Germans."

Sbn Nathanael: "Did Stalin close these churches down?"

Dr Magerovsky: "No. Stalin was in a quandry. Ideologically, Stalin *should* have closed these churches down. But because closing down the churches would have demoralized the flock, Stalin left them opened to garner the people's support against the Germans. Stalin needed the Russian flock to beat the Germans back."

Sbn Nathanael: "How did Stalin form the Moscow Patriarchy?"

Stalin, Molotov, Met Sergios Stragorodsky

Dr Magerovsky: "During the middle of the night of September 4th 1943, Stalin ordered his aide, Vyacheslav Molotov, Gregory Karpov, and Metropolitans' Sergios Stragorodsky and Alexy Simansky, to come to his office. Karpov was Tuchkov's successor of the Secret Service--then known as the NKVD. Stalin then organized a church-like-hierarchy, appointing Metropolitan Sergios as its head.

~ "As a matter of fact, Stalin issued an order to the concentration camps, to release the hierarchs incarcerated there, who were involved in the various schismatic groups. These hierarchs were appointed to various dioceses as their ruling bishops."

Sbn Nathanael: "What was Stalin's motive for establishing the Moscow Patriarchy?"

Dr Magerovsky: "Stalin wished to form a religious organization that would be a definite and clear part of the Soviet State."

Sbn Nathanael: "Has the Moscow Patriarchy finally become a legitimate church after all these years?"

Dr Magerovsky: "No. Let me put it this way. Indeed it is now some 50 years after Stalin's formation of the MP. During these 50 years, the MP has acquired more and more the 'trappings' of a church. But the hierarchy and the leadership of the MP have remained the puppets of the state."

Sbn Nathanael: "So the MP has indeed remained the puppets of the state? Is this the "puppet-church" that Laurus and the other ROCOR hierarchs wish to join?"

Dr Magerovsky: "Indeed it is!"


The Miserable Wretch Laurus & His Betrayal Of The Holy New Martyrs!


Subdeacon Nathanael Kapner Reporting

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