excerpt from the interview:
INTERVIEWER: The internal unity of the Russian Church Abroad after the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion remains an acute problem. Is it true that there is a schism in the Russian Church Abroad?
MET. HILARION: "There has indeed been a schism. People who have been duped by the words of the suspended Bishop Agathangel (Pashkovsky) and his close aides have followed him, thinking that they are thereby “saving the Church from heresy.” In fact, in separating from us, they have done that which they accuse Patriarch Sergius of, who tried to normalize relations with the Soviet authorities in order to “save” the Church. But they are not “saving” the Church from heresy and sin, but from the will of God, which has brought the Russian Orthodox Church to the fullness of brotherly communion. If a person is concerned by problems in the Church, he must find a way to resolve them within the Church, not outside of her..."
How could he have it more backwards? Certainly these are the days when they will say good is evil and evil is good. If we take Met. Hilarion at his word, then we have to assume he believes what he is saying here. But it is just so absurd. How can you compare Vladyka Met. Agafangel to Met. Sergius except to show they are complete opposites?
To WHAT GOVERNMENT did Vladyka Met. Agafangel submit thereby compromising WHAT PRECEPTS to protect WHAT EXTERNALS of the Church?
And how did Met. Hilarion determine God's will? Certainly not by the incorrupt relics of St. Philaret that Met. Laurus tried to cover-up.
As we near the anniversary of the terrible signing of the act (5/17/07) it seems natural to look back over the year. One of the things that can be noticed is a "progression" that many unionites seem to be making, becoming more and more robotic in repeating the unionite partyline propaganda, going deeper into denial. Met. Hilarion is an example of one who just a few years ago still had some idea that the union was wrong. Another thing we see is ROCA's existence becoming more and more a discomfort to ROCORMP. When the interviewer raised the subject of schism, notice the single metropolitan mentioned by Met. Hilarion. You'd think with ROCA being so small in numbers that ROCORMP would consider us of no consequence and just leave us alone, but our validity and sisterhood are a dismay to ROCORMP. Another thing we see is the MP becoming an ever-growing threat to us. They want our properties (what little we have), and they send agents to infiltrate us. Nothing called Russian Orthodox will be allowed to co-exist outside of their control. But, like a child who runs to hide behind mama's skirt, we run to God and remember His promise about the gates.