07 July 2020, 10:17
Yekaterinburg metropolitan rebukes rebellious monk Sergy for glorifying Stalin
Yekaterinburg, July 7, Interfax - Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye has written an open letter to the defrocked schemamonk Sergy (Romanov), accusing him of lies and expressing disappointment.
"You chose an odd way of communication for a monk: putting out video clips on the internet as if you were not a schemamonk but a fashionable blogger. You fooled your congregation by reading out a low-rate fake - a false Stalin's will - as if it were a genuine document and spent 20 minutes telling of Stalin's life and his merits. On Christmas Eve, you recalled everyone except the Christ Child. You praised Stalin on the day on which we celebrate the memory of the saints who were tortured under Stalin," Metropolitan Kirill wrote to Father Sergy.
"[Sergy] could have become a worthy interlocutor" if he had received "at least some spiritual education," the prelate wrote. "But you were expelled from Year 2 of the Moscow spiritual seminary for academic inactivity."
He admitted his previous "cordial affection" for Father Sergy and that he was now going through a "painful moment of disappointment and disillusionment."
Metropolitan Kirill stressed that he did not condemn those who supported and were close to Sergy, despite them "behaving overly nervously and at times aggressively."
"I am no longer pleading with you, as I did before, to repent and preserve at least your monkhood, but I am ready to show leniency and find you room for repentance, if you still remember what that is," the metropolitan wrote.
He pointed out to the former shema-hegumen that he lied when he said that churches had not been closed even during the Spanish flu pandemic or plague and that only iconoclastic authorities shut them down.
"In reality, under the pious emperors of all Russia whom, as is known, you are honoring and waiting for a new tsar, there was a quarantine charter in effect. As you can see, there is no difference between the current measures and those which were applied in the Russian Empire," the metropolitan said in his letter.
The story about Patriarch Alexy II trying to persuade Father Sergy to be ordained was made up, he said. "The truth is, in your autobiography you concealed your crime during the ordainment with the phrase: '1984-1997 - was and worked as electrician at USch-349/13'. I think your disingenuity and slyness in the formulation of this inconvenient fact of your biography is evident to everyone," the metropolitan wrote.
Had Father Sergy shown "at least a tenth of his brazenness and disobedience" in the Russian Empire, he would have been "chained at some faraway northern monastery under strictest possible control," he said.
"And had you tried to do something similar during the times of your favorite, Stalin, your whole vigorous exposing activity would have landed you in a forced labor camp at best, or at Butovo firing range at worst," the metropolitan of Yekaterinburg said.
Father Sergy was avoiding diocesan court sittings because, "with no pre-written answers, he would not have been able to answer on the topic of the sermons made, whose contents he himself struggles to comprehend," Metropolitan Kirill said.
It was reported that on Friday, July 3, the court of the Yekaterinburg Diocese defrocked Schema-Hegumen Sergy (Romanov) after finding him guilty of breaking the monastic vows and the priesthood oath. The court's decision is subject to approval by the patriarch.
Earlier a video was circulated on the internet in which Father Sergy claimed that the pandemic was a myth and urged disobedience to senior clergy and authorities. Among other things, Father Sergy cursed those who have closed churches during the pandemic.