Archimandrite Alexis forwards this from Matias, who emailed him this article prefacing:
You may have already received this, but I am forwarding it to you just in case. It's the most illuminating piece yet on the Moscow Patriarchate and Patriarch Kirill. Unusually, it is also soberly written and fully referenced. Well worth forwarding to those who cling desperately to the notion that Soviet Union miraculously became Russia again in the year 1991.
THE NEW SOVIET MAN
What do Sinclair Lewis, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman, Dashiell Hammett, Sidney and Beatrice Webb, Harold Laski, George Bernard Shaw, Pablo Picasso, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt all have in common? One thing was their belief that the "Soviet Experiment" offered a great hope for the better future of mankind. They believed, naively, or otherwise, that human nature could be changed by this "experiment," and a "new man" could be created, and therefore in various ways they aided and promoted Communism as it developed in Soviet Russia. While today (1996 - jh) we hear less about Communism as such, the belief that some new system of government can create a new kind of human being is far from dead. It still undergirds much political thinking (from both the right and left) in the United States and the democracies of Western Europe. In fact, many people today, although they may not openly admit it, think that Christianity has failed, so they turn to various forms of political systems to create a new person and to overcome the selfishness and egoism of fallen humanity... (MORE)