Home > Straws For The Camel's Back > November 3, 2014

November 3, 2014

The Gulag and the Synod

This is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s reflection on how Stalin’s Gulag Archipelago might have been stopped in its tracks if only people had put up some resistance when the secret police came to take them away:

And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more–we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterwards.

It may be fanciful , but I can’t help feeling that the same would  apply  to us if we meekly acquiesced in the attempted takeover of our beloved Church by  modernist prelates who believe that with the present pontificate, their hour has come. Thank God for courageous churchmen like George Pell and Raymond Burke.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *