Fr. Nikolai Bulgakov
Member of the Writers' Union of Russia since 1992.
How do the Orthodox treat Stalin?
More than half a century has passed since the time when, according to the plan of Khrushchev and those who stood behind him, the name of Stalin was to be forgotten throughout the USSR. Today it is quite possible to conclude that this plan failed. There is no person who in Russia today would be thought about, talked about, written about more than about him, wanting to know only the truth.
Priest Nikolai Bulgakov
Как православным относиться к Сталину?
Some priests who are communists will create confusion
Excerpts from the interview with Mari Loli. This interview was conducted by Father Francis Benac (S.J.) on September 29, 1978.
Benac: Did the Blessed Virgin speak of communism?
Our Lady spoke several times about communism. I don't remember how many times, but she said that a time would come when it would seem that communism had mastered or engulfed the whole world. I think it was then that she told us that priests would have difficulty saying Mass, and talking about God and divine things.
Benac: Did Our Lady ever speak of people being put to death?
What Our Lady said was that priests would have to go into hiding but I didn't see whether they were being killed or not. She didn't exactly say they would be killed, but I'm sure they would be martyred.
Benac: Your mother told me that one night you were upstairs with your father and that you cried and cried for one hour. Afterwards your father said to her: "I have just seen the most touching sight. Loli was crying the whole time while saying, 'Oh, it's going to be like that? People are going to suffer like that? Oh, make me suffer!'" Do you remember what you said at the time?
It was all related to communism and what is going to happen in the Church and to the people because all these things are to have repercussions amongst the people. When the Church suffers confusion, the people are going to suffer too. Some priests who are communists will create such confusion that people will not know right from wrong.