Met. Hilarion Meets With Mason Dignitaries

There is an English link contained in the topic. And a photo of the "Masonic Dignitary" [Masonic priest?] wearing a costume that looks like a white wizard from The Sorcerers Apprentice with a 3-foot high "dunce cap."


Joanna Higginbotham said...

Fr. Dcn. Stephen forwards this:

To: abphilar@...
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 1:42 PM
Subject: Meeting with masons>
To the Most reverend Metropolitan HILARION, Eastern America and New York Diocese,
FIRST HIERARCH of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

Your Eminence, dear Vladyka Metropolitan Hilarion,

We read recently that you had a meeting with Masons ("Encontro Igreja Orthodoxa Russa e maçonaria, paginas 4 e 5").\

This causes a great turmoil among the faithful, because the Masons were anathematised by our Church, and because it seems that you never informed the people about this meeting.

Please be so kind as to let us know whether that meeting indeed did take place and whether you still believe it was right.

I thank you for your kind attention and beg your holy prayers.

Your Eminence's humble servant in Christ,

Vladimir Kozyreff


De : Archbishop Hilarion Kapral [mailto:abphilar@...]
Envoyé : vendredi 20 novembre 2009 4:20
À : Vladimir Kozyreff
Cc : Serafim Gan
Objet : Re: Meeting with masons

Dear Vladimir,

I was very amazed to learn that I had attended a Masonic meeting. Such a thing
has never happened.

What in actual fact occurred is being totally distorted. During the visit of the
delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church to South America with the choir of the
Sretensky Monastery some two years ago, the delegation was invited by the
ambassador of the Russian Federation to a reception at the embassy. Many
different dignatories were also invited to attend.

While Metropolitan Platon and I were standing at the reception, two
distinguished-looking gentlemen came up to us and asked if they could be
photographed with us. We said, why not? We did not ask who they were. It turned
out that they are high-ranking Masons of Brazil. That is the extent of our
involvement with Masons.

The enemies of the Russian Orthodox Church are very quick to pick up on such an
unexpeced and innocent encounter to defame and slander the Church and its

For the record: I am not a Mason and have nothing to do with Masonry. It is
impossible for a Christian to be a Mason at the same time as Masonry is a
religion of its own.

In Christ our Saviour,
+ Metropolitan Hilarion

Unprofitable Servant said...

Seems like an honest answer by Metropolitan Hilarion. I'm certainly not surprised to hear that heterodox Brazilians might have been present at some Russian Federation affair of state in Brazil. South America is hardly a bastion of Orthodox Christianity after all. Wasn't the guy who killed Leon Trotsky a Brazilian working for "Uncle Joe" Djugashvili?

Joanna Higginbotham said...

Well, something does not add up. The Mason's say one thing, and Met. Hilarion says another. Neither of them can be trusted and both of them hammer away to advance ecumenism, both secretly and not so secretly.

Years ago my lawyer gave me some off-record advice. Then he added, "Don't tell anyone I told you this. If you say I told you this, I will deny it."

Guest said...

It doesn't add up. The MP bishop is smiling like he knows exactly who the two masons are, and a dignitary like Met. Hilarion should know who he's being photographed with.
He could have been duped, which is easy to believe, since they have been all along.
Also, calling masons a religion is also crazy. They are anything but.

Joanna Higginbotham said...

Nathan Lewis, owner of Journey To 0rthodoxy blog, has noticed this:

JTO, however, would question the failure of the Met Hilarion to "refrain from every appearance or evil", in allowing himself to be photographed with Masonic leaders who were clearly identified by the pins they wore on their clothing. The Masonic leaders, in turn, used the photograph to promote their own propaganda via their publication, photo included, and further their own agenda within Orthodoxy.

Joanna Higginbotham said...

Bingo. What 0rthodox Christian would willingly be photographed with a man wearing a sorcerer's costume?

I think Met. Hilarion got caught and is just denying it. And the guy in the sorcerer's suit understands why Met. Hilarion has to deny it.

Guest said...

He was hoping what happens in Vegas, or Brazil, stays in Vegas!