Religion: Reunion in Moscow

One of the first acts of the Bolshevik Government in 1918 was to whittle down the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Church was soon split into feuding factions. Biggest chip off the old flock was the schismatic, Bolshevik-supported Living Church whose heresiarch was Alexander Vedensky, formerly an Archpriest (a Russian clerical rank one step higher than a priest). Later Vedensky split with the Living Church, finally participated in an ecclesiastical fusion called the New Church. But as the Soviet Government's flirtation with the Orthodox Church got under way, Vedensky dropped out of sight, in the Russian fashion....

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