Comment: A system in which the ROC, under Alexii II (who was also revealed as a KGB agent!) seems to walk hand in hand with. I just dont see how an ex-KGB agent (Alexii) can still be serving head of the Russian church.
For the same reason that Polish Roman Catholic bishops who were die heart communist members accomplished high positions within that church after the fall of communism and remained as such until just recently -
Don't let it ever be said that the RC's didn't have priests who belonged or sympathized with the Communist Party. http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/01/07/news/poland.php
WARSAW: The newly appointed archbishop of Warsaw, Stanislaw Wielgus, abruptly resigned Sunday at a Mass meant to celebrate his new position after admitting two days earlier that he had worked with Poland's Communist-era secret police.The revelation has shaken one of Europe's largest concentrations of devout Catholics and refocused scrutiny on charges of Communist collaboration by the some of its clergy even as the church supported dissidents trying to free themselves from the totalitarian yoke.......(open URL for the whole story)
Re: Communist secret police in Orthodox and Catholic Churches
It looks like the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Warsaw
Poland, has in the past been a secret collaborator of the communist intelligence. Please see:http://www.polskieradio.pl/polonia/article.asp?tId=46315&j=2
Gazeta Polska: Archbishop Wielgus a former communist spy
"According to the weekly Gazeta Polska, Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus, who is to succeed Cardinal Józef Glemp as the metropolitan of Warsaw, has in the past been a secret collaborator of the communist intelligence.
"Investigative journalists from the Gazeta Polska weekly have found documents from the communist archives, according to which the newly appointed archbishop metropolitan of Warsaw, Stanislaw Wielgus, collaborated with the communist secret services for over 20 years, informing them about the activities of the Catholic Church in Communist Poland.
"Tomasz Sakiewicz, editor in chief of Gazeta Polska:
'Our authors have found materials from the archives of Communist secret police which show us that Bishop Wielgus was a secret collaborator of secret communist intelligence. We are very sure that these materials are true. His cooperation lasted for 22 years. He was one of the most important collaborators of the communist intelligence in the Church.'
There was a second resignation of a Polish Roman Catholic hierach at the time but the website has been erased!
Regarding patriarch Alexi. The following appeared in our diocesian magazine in 1995 -
In reply may I quote His Holiness from a 1995 issue of 'Alive In Christ' which also happens to be my diocesan quarterly -
This is in regards to Patriarch Alexi announcing the plans of rebuilding 'Christ The Saviour Cathedral' as an atonement for the Russian people turning away from God. The Patriarch states (at the laying of the cornerstone) -
"Having rebelled against God, condemned the sacred memory
of our ancestors, and without the least scruples of conscience
destroyed the labors of the best sons and daughters of our people,
we have covered Russian history with the stain of terrible iniquity.
This stain weighs on our conscience,
and casts a pall on the spiritual life of our society." --Patriarch Aleksy II of Moscow
From the mayor of Moscow at the placing of the cornerstone -
The rebuilding of the church was the centerpiece of a huge renovation scheme in the Russian capital pursued by its mayor, Yuri Luzhkov. During a ceremony to lay the cathedral's cornerstone Luzhkov said "Let the reconstruction of the main cathedral stand as symbolic proof of hundreds of destroyed churches and millions of lost lives".
That is the main reason the Cathedral was rebuilt. It's also the reason that while the original Cathedral built in 1812 took 44 years. The rebuilding from start to finish took little less than 5 years. It was worked on 24 hours a day, seven days a week during that entire time period.
Patrairch Alexi also got down on his knees at the first 'Forgivness Vespers' after his enthronement at the beginning of Great Lent and asked forgiveness for sins committed during the 'Soviet period'.