Just An Opinion
There is an article in the Daily Courier, January 8, 2010, titled:
From what I can tell by the machine translation these are either three Russian newspapers or three names for the same Russian newspaper which for the past 4O years have sought to destroy ROCOR. The names have changed, but the "essence remains unchanged." Today they are maligning Vl. Agafangel for his "new unification initiatives" and calling for the creation of one more "unlawful assembly under the name of the Church Abroad." The article includes a report submitted by Protopresbyter George Grabbe [1973?] charging the editor of the Banner of Russia with waging a campaign against the Synod using 3 methods:
1. slander against bishops and clergy
2. unfounded defamation
3. "call for the formation of self-appointed gatherings" [which means schisms]
Further into the article, for example, we see that in 1973 this newspaper was calling for a new split by convening the "FIRST Catacomb Cathedral"
The point here is that for the enemy to create destructive schisms is not any new idea. They are always waiting for any opportunity.
Our Vl. Joseph said he believes that the "fragments" [the R-splits of today] resulted from the planned and coordinated actions of hidden elements of ROCA's enemies [Oct. 26/13 Minutes]. This makes sense.
Some refugees seem to hold to the theory that all the R-splits are equal, that they all resulted from the union, just that some left earlier than others. And they include ROCA-A in the category of the R-splits. A closer look, negates, or at least casts doubt, on this theory. The piece of information missing in this theory is that the earlier R-splits were engineered by infiltrators. The goals include:
1. divide and conquer
2. get the opposition out of the way and into a place where they can be labeled "fanatic schismatics" so that nobody will take them seriously
3. cause confusion, distraction
4. have a basis from which to launch future attacks when the opportunity presents itself
Notice how rapidly ROCIE was divided after it was formed. And notice how the common spirit of the R-splits is division and separation - bordering on isolation. And notice one big difference between the R-splits and ROCA-A :
In the forming of all the R-splits, they left ROCOR and started their own jurisdiction. Vl. Agafangel is the only one who did not leave, – rather he was left by the others, standing alone. As Fr. Gregory said in his open letter published just prior to the union - he is not going anywhere, he will just be left standing there, abandoned. The KGB could not have manipulated that sequence of events. It was the MP's objective to take all the Bishops, not to leave one behind. ROCA-A was a God-made beginning, unlike the R-splits which had man-made beginnings.
Anyone who takes the time to read the postings on this subject will be able to understand that we do not "attack" RTOC, it is just that we do not recognize it as canonical. We recognize that many of the faithful are true members of Christ's flock, deceived into accepting an uncanonical situation, which we hope can be remedied for the flock, or at least for some individuals.