11 November 2015, 17:15
Moscow Patriarchate denounces Patriarch Kirill justifies Stalin
Moscow, November 11, Interfax - Head of the patriarchal press service Deacon Alexander Volkov calls groundless the reproaches claiming that Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia justified Stalin.
"What can we talk about if the patriarch clearly said that blood and sufferings of our people in the 20th century were unacceptable? Most likely, the colleges heard what they wanted or even awaited to hear quoting only unfinished phrases, which sounded complimentary to them," Deacon Volkov said in his commentary on the discussion around the patriarch's speech at the opening of the Pravoslavnaya Rus (Russian for "Orthodox Russia" - IF) in Manège.
The patriarch's press secretary stressed that the primate of the Russian Church urged honestly and objectively look at the complicated Russia's history in the 20th century and and do not exclude any of its periods from the historical memory, but take them with common sense and "clear moral perception."
"The truth, the Church has always stood for, is that we should see our past objectively, not from the side pleasant to us in light of our political convictions," the commentary reads.
Deacon Volkov reminded that the primate in his speech first noted the importance of remembering the difficult 1930s as their injustice and blood should always be commemorated and sufferings of our people during these years, according to the patriarch, "cannot be minimized."
It is further said in the commentary that people's sufferings for the Russian Church is personal for many believers tragedy of the new martyrs and this part of the history is directly connected with Patriarch Kirill's family as his father and grandfather were imprisoned for their faith in Solovki and Kolyma camps.
Speaking at the mentioned exhibition about Russia's history in the first half of the 20th century, Patriarch Kirill said we should not doubt successes of certain state leaders, who stood at the commences of the revival, modernization of the country, even if these leaders committed crimes.
"Where there was will, strength, intellect, political decisiveness, we call it doubtless success as in case with the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, and where there was blood, injustice, and sufferings, we say that it is unacceptable for us, people of the 21st century," he said and warned against excluding both positive things that were done and critical attitude to the committed crimes.
"Is it possible that all mentioned above quotations witness to justifying Stalin or growing influence of Stalinism in the Russian Church?" Deacon Volkov wonders.