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Stalin - a saint?

November 27 2008

Growing and expanding scandal involving the first-ever appearance on the icon of Joseph Stalin. So Archpriest Michael Ardov (cousin famous actor Alexei Batalov) called it "a terrible symbol." "Awful, that older women and men are both portraits of Stalin and the Orthodox icons. This is a sign that people are completely lost their sense of righteousness, truth "- said the priest.

However, it is worth recalling that in Moscow, in some churches (eg, St. Nicholas Church in the House Pashkova) for many years in a row hanging icons (or are busts) Ivan the Terrible and Grigori Rasputin, and some of the faithful also serves for the canonization of Marshal Zhukov. So is it any wonder? ..

Especially since the late Father Mikhail Dudko, 20 years ago, played for the canonization of Stalin, claiming that he was actually a believer, and no persecution of the Church on his conscience not. In his writings on. Dmitri once wrote: "One would like, finally, to proclaim:" Holy Righteous Joseph, pray for us! "

Incidentally, with regard to harassment, among paranoid-minded part of the Orthodox and there is an opinion: it is for the extermination of millions of innocent and should be canonized by Stalin, for so he made a host of martyrs of the people. A martyrdom of Christians - the highest achievement. Maybe so, and Hitler? .. To the heap? .. And what about Pol Pot? ..

The Communists are campaigning for the canonization of Stalin, are, of course, another explanation for his request. Stalin should be canonized for the great contribution to his people and his country.

"Even the priests suggest that the congregants in St. Petersburg the figure of Stalin enjoyed veneration" - said the leader of the Bolsheviks in St. Petersburg. Incidentally, the Communists have already applied to the patriarch with a call to canonize his idol.

ROC, however, does not support modern Bolshevik. So the press secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate, Father Vladimir Vigilyansky even stated that the place of Stalin, except on the icon of the Last Judgement (but on which side of the Savior - not specified).

Well, hung up the image with the image of "father of all nations" in his temple in Strelna Abbot Eustace (Zhakov) seem to have thought very differently. He calls Stalin "My father was tall." "One - my father in the flesh, and another father - the father of nations" - said the monk, commemorate Stalin for many devotions. But what about the Heavenly Father, father abbot? ..- Want to ask long-bearded priest. Or it's something for you not? .. And still want to add the following - you do not have to cross, Father Eustace ...

Alexander Gray

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