Saint John Maximovich of Shanghai and San Francisco – (ROCOR, during its independence from the Sergianists)
“Before his glorification in 1994 his relics rested under a cathedral in a special grave-chapel where panikhidas were sung almost daily and the Psalter read over his coffin by those asking for his help.
“Blessed Archbiship John of Shanghai and San Francisco was canonized as a Saint by the Russian Church on July 2 1994. It was a wonderfull and unforgettable event to which hundreds of clergy and many thousands of laymen came from all over the world!
And from another source, “In preparation for this glorification, the tomb containing his relics was … opened. When the sepulcher cover was removed, the metal coffin was found to be in a poor state of preservation due to moisture. Rust has eaten through the coffin and the cover was rusted tightly shut.
“Inside, the Gospel Book (Editors Notes: a bishop or priest is always buried with the holy Gospel), over the remains had virtually disintegrated, the blessing cross (editors notes: a cross is also placed with the body of a bishop or priest, and even monastics) in the Archbishop hand was corroded, an icon was heavily deteriorated, and the hierarchical vestments (editors notes: a bishop, and a priest are usely vested) were mildewed and falling apart.
“The relics (the body) of Archbishop John, however, were found to be totally incorrupt. His skin was white an soft, and upon lifting out his body it was found to be very light due to dehydration but was totally intact. Those who came forward to venerate the relic discovered that they exuded a sweet fragrance.
“Exposure of a body to amount of moisture that deteriorated metal and other objects would surely caused rapid decomposition. There is thus no basis to argue that Archbishop John;s body had undergone some sort of mummification.
“The incorruptibility of a saint’s relics is a sign of God’s special favor and grace.
Back to the first source, “The importance of St. John for the people of the twentieth century cannot be underestimated. Those who knew him personally or have read about his life and miracles have learned of the tremendous spiritual power embodied in this frail little man. … There can be no doubt that Vladyka John has been sent by God as a gift of holiness to the people of the last days. At a time when imitation has become the norm in all aspects of life, when the authentic spirit of the Christian Faith has been so hidden that most are oblivious of its very existence, he can be seen as a model of genuineness. … By the prayers of Saint John may God bless and save us. Amen!
St. Valentine (His remains are incorrupt.), the New Martyr on Sergianism
In 1927 Metropolitan Sergius (of Nizhny Novgorod) issued his famous “declaration” which essentially reduced the Church to a (Soviet) controlled organization. … Many hierarchs and simple pastors wrote open letters to Metropolitan Sergius, deploring his action and refusing to follow him on such a ruinous path. In December 1927 Father Valentine wrote such a letter, announcing that he was breaking off canonical and prayerful communion with Metropolitan Sergius and the council of bishops organized under him. …
Saint Valentine was imprisoned and finally martyred by the Soviets for standing against their State Church.
“Blessed George Calciu’s body has been exhumed from the grave (at Petru Voda Monastery) after 7 years and found to be in-corrupt, and … the (apostate) Romanian Patriarchate is totally opposed to canonizing (him). … Fr George Calciu was one of the most categorical confessors against ecumenism. … One year before his repose in The Lord. Fr George Calciu is heard saying:
…under the guise of Christian love, Christian peace, they hide their perfidious intent … do not get allured by it. So I say to you, woe to those that will be seduced (lead astray), and glory to those that will stand in the right faith to the end …
“It is worth mentioning that the body of another Romanian saint confessor against Communism was found in the same state, that of Blessed Ilie Lacatusu
Metropolitan Sergius – proclaimed in his Declaration in 1927 the principle of practical and ideological submission to the atheist Soviet government. By the beginning of the Second World War, the greater part of the remaining churches under the Soviet regime did not recognize Metropolitan Sergius. “Out of the more than 100 bishops known to be still alive in 1943, Sergius could find only 18 (and some of these were newly consecrated) to elect him ‘Patriarch’ in that year.” (ROCOR History)
Patriarch of Moscow Cyril Gundiaev (1946-?) is a “ex-“KGB agent “with the greatest admiration for the achievements of Soviet power.” He said, “the Red Army in 1945 … ‘trampled on death by death’,” (even thought they did not believe in Christ) when they “raped two million innocent German women on the way to victory,” over the Germans! He, a monk, has a fortune estimated at $4 billion from the tax-free import of alcohol and tobacco. (http://www.orthodoxchristianbooks.com/articles/345/st.-savva-our-time/) He issued a statement in 2009 intended to dispel concerns that he is ecumenist. He said there are, “a whole range of differences in the belief-preaching and practice of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches (and are growing). No compromises can be made in this area.” And as for other faiths, “all parties are aware of all existing fundamental differences… . And the very fact of our dialogue does not mean that we seek to become a single entity. … Relations have completely been severed (with some of the Protestant churches) because of their official approval of homosexuals.” He called the Orthodox Church, “that One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church through which God opens the road toward eternal life.” However, “The patriarch’s incredible speech to the Jewish rabbis in November, 1991 has not been repented of (Can the Leopard change his Spots?).”
“The six most powerful metropolitans of the MP, one of whom is likely to be the next patriarch:
“(1) Metropolitan Yuvenaly of Kolomna and Krutitsa was described in 1994 by the OCA Bishop Basil (Rodzianko) of Washington as ‘not only a scoundrel, but, perhaps, something much worse than that” (testimony of Michael Rodzianko). Sergei Bychkov wrote in 1999 that he “has never served a day in a parish. … He headed OVTsS [the Department of External Church Relations] for almost ten years. … Metropolitan Yuvenaly is notorious in church circles for his nontraditional sexual orientation. A number of monasteries in the area around Moscow have already been turned into annexes of Sodom.’
“(2) Metropolitan Cyril of Smolensk (this one has become Patriarch), the friend of Metropolitan Yuvenaly and head of the Department of External Church Relations, is an extreme ecumenist and an importer of tobacco and spirits duty-free. (His) tobacco and alcohol scandals have undermined his authority on the international level. … Synod members who know about his ties with high places are not about to withstand his unbearable pressure. His close friendship with Berezovsky also has brought its fruits; the metropolitan has compromising information not only about all of the episcopacy but even about the patriarch and he occasionally leaks it to the press.” …
“(3) Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg, another extreme ecumenist who is in favour of introducing the new calendar into the Russian Church was, writes Bychkov, ‘… He is notorious for his aristocratic manners (if he wears cuff links then they must be jeweled). … he enjoys fresh oysters … from Paris and London. But his guests are most affected by his wine cellars. … Metropolitan Vladimir’s ministry has been constantly accompanied by scandals. … His administrative style is authoritarian.’
“(4) Metropolitan Methodius of Voronezh … in 1992 he was described by his colleague, Archbishop Chrysostom of Vilna, as ‘a KGB officer, an atheist, a liar, who is constantly advised by the KGB’.
“(5), (6). Metropolitans Philaret of Minsk and Vladimir of Kiev are both, according to Bychkov, homosexuals who ‘share one thing in common: under their administrations the largest monasteries–the Kiev caves lavra and the Zhirovitsy monastery–have become examples of Sodom and Gomorra. “Gay families” coexist peacefully in them, concealed by monastic garments.’
“But the supporters of the MP … love to assert that even if the older generation of bishops are all KGB agents (not even the patriarch denies that he is, and has been for a long time!), the next generation are going to be wonderful. (Can the Leopard change his Spots?)
See also the list of Masons, below, since Masonry is an activist ecumenist philosophy.
Patriarchal Locum Tenens, Dorotheus of Prusa – “In 1920, … issued the Encyclical ‘Unto the Churches of Christ Everywhere’, which officially marked the entrance of Orthodox participation in the Ecumenical Movement. (See Ecumenism.)” (Old Calendarists)
Athenagoras, Anthony, and Iakovos: In 1965, “the new direction of the Orthodox Church was being forged. Ecumenism and the union of the churches were on everybody‘s mind. … The head of the Antiochian Church in America, Archbishop Anthony Bashir, and the head of Greek Church in America, Archbishop Iakovos, were intent on following in this new Ecumenical Movement which was being forged by Patriarch Athenagoras.” (http://www.archbishopgregory.info/chapter_03_visiting_the_monastery.shtml) And see The First Sorrowful Epistle of St. Philaret.
Serbian Patriarch Irenaeus celebrated Hannukah with the Jews in December, 2010.
Patriarch Parthenius of Alexandria (1919-1996) said in 1989 that Mohammed was an Apostle of God – and none of his fellow hierarchs criticized him!
(At Mt. Athos:)
“One day, the three pilgrims decided to … visit the Elder Nikephoros and his two disciples, Frs. Ephraim and Procopius. … The three pilgrims came to Katounakia for a visit, and the meeting with Fr. Ephraim of Katounakia was quite eventless, other than the fact that Fr. Ephraim seemed like a reluctant prisoner, not one rejoicing in obedience. …
“(The) words of Fr. Ephraim in his book which recently appeared, … Obedience is Life: Elder Ephraim of Katounakia, … Ephraim records that he later forced his elder to begin once again commemorating the Ecumenical Patriarch at a time when the Ecumenical Patriarch had openly espoused the heresy of Ecumenism. … ”
Archbishop Anthony Bashir, head of the Antiochian Church in America, ordained in 1936, became a mason, deeply committed to the Ecumenical Movement.
Ecumenical Patriarch Basil III, patriarch of Constantinople from 1925 until his death in 1929; Mason (The Grand Lodge of Greece official Famous Masons list)
Patriarch of Jerusalem, Benedict (Basil Papadopoulos) from 1957 to 1980; Mason (The Grand Lodge of Greece official Famous Masons list)
Bishop Cherubim (Anninos) – Metropolitan of Paronaxia; Mason (The Grand Lodge of Greece official Famous Masons list)
Bishop Chrysanthus (Charilaus Philippides) – Metropolitan of Trebizond (1913 – 1920(?)), later Archbishop of Athens (1938 – ~1944); Mason (The Grand Lodge of Greece official Famous Masons list)
Ecumenical Patriarch Joachim III from 1878 to 1884 and from 1901 to 1912; Mason (The Grand Lodge of Greece official Famous Masons list)
Ecumenical Patriarch Meletius (Manuel Metaxakis); Mason (The Grand Lodge of Greece official Famous Masons list)
Patriarch of Alexandria Photius (George Peroglou), between 1900 and 1925. He opposed reform to change from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.; Mason (The Grand Lodge of Greece official Famous Masons list)
Ruling Bishops of OCA
(the names are not listed due to any accusations, unless otherwise noted.)
Metropolitan Tikhon (Mollard), Primate of the OCA
The Most Reverend Nathaniel, Archbishop of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate
The Most Reverend Nikon, Archbishop of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese, Locum tenens of the Diocese of the South
The Most Reverend Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco and the West, Locum tenens of the Diocese of Alaska
The Most Reverend Alejo, Archbishop of Mexico City and Mexico
The Right Reverend Melchisedek, Bishop of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania
The Right Reverend Michael, Bishop of New York and New Jersey, Administrator of the Orthodox Church in America
The Right Reverend Matthias, Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest
The Right Reverend Alexander, Bishop of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese, Locum Tenens of the Archdiocese of Washington
Michael Dahulich has been named Secretary of the OCA Holy Synod… “Dahulich is ambitious to a fault, a quasi-papist (got his PhD at a papist school), and he’s probably an EP mole… in short, he’s no one to trust… NEVER ever turn your back on him. He’s the sort that doesn’t look people straight in the eye… I’ve sat with him …” (http://02varvara.wordpress.com/tag/tikhon-mollard/)
Saint Philaret, Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad – “On the third of November, 1998 (O.S.), the coffin of Vladika Metropolitan Philaret was opened in the presence of some priests. I spoke with two of these priests.”
“St. Mark of Ephesus, who alone of the hierarchs of the Greek Church fearlessly condemned the impious Council (1438-1445) and pseudo-Union of Florence and (declared) that the Church of Rome had fallen into heresy… .” (St. Joseph of Petrograd)
Before his death in 1925, Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow designated three hierarchs, “one of whom (whoever was not in prison or banishment) should become Locum Tenens of the Patriarchal Throne on his death and safeguard the external unity of the Church. Of these three hierarchs, only one—Metropolitan Peter of Krutitsk —was free at the time of the Patriarch’s death, and he was accepted, in a special decree signed by over fifty bishops, by the Russian Church as her acting head.” (St. Joseph of Petrograd)
Metropolitan Peter of Krutitsk designated three hierarchs, “for the position of Locum Tenens in case he should be arrested or killed in turn, one of whom was Metropolitan Joseph (at that time Archbishop of Rostov), and another, Metropolitan (later “Patriarch”) Sergius. Metropolitan Peter was arrested within a few months for refusing to sign a “declaration” which would give away the Church’s inner freedom to the atheist regime. From 1925 to 1927 no candidate was able to take his place for more than a few months before being imprisoned, and it became clear that the Soviet Government would not rest until it had found or forced a hierarch to sign a document pleasing to the regime. This hierarch was found in the person of Metropolitan Sergius, who on July 16/29, 1927, after being released from several months in prison, issued the infamous “Declaration” that made him and his followers in effect the agents of the Soviet State. … The leading bishops who were still in freedom and were able to judge the issue came to the conclusion that Sergius himself had gone into schism (and) hastened to declare their separation from him… (Metropolitan Joseph) signed, together with Metropolitan Agathangel and other hierarchs of the Yaroslavl region, an epistle to Metropolitan Sergius of February 6, 1928, which declared their separation from him until he should show repentance for his errors, recognizing in the meantime no head of the Church apart from the banished Metropolitan Peter. .” (St. Joseph of Petrograd)
Metropolitan Joseph of Rostov – “In December of 1927 Metropolitan Joseph blessed his Vicar Bishops to depart from Sergius; and … together with Metropolitan Agathangel and other hierarchs of the Yaroslavl region (in 1928) declared their separation from him (and recognizing) the banished Metropolitan Peter. Metropolitan Peter was executed by firing squad in 1938; however, the Catacomb Church continued throughout the Soviet anti – christian reign.” (GOCA Canonicity)
Archimandrite Arsenius – served under Metropolitan Joseph in the Russian Catacomb Church, the “True Orthodox Church (TOC)”. (St. Joseph of Petrograd)
Elder Arsenie (Arsenios) Papacioc – See this video of him on Ecumenism. I don’t know whose website that link is.
Bishop Dimitry of Gdov – Metr. Joseph entrusted, “the governance of the Petrograd Diocese to his outspokenly anti-Sergianist Vicar, Bishop Dimitry of Gdov.” (St. Joseph of Petrograd)