V. Anhimyuk explains here that Vassian was to "get closer to the position of the Josephites. It was necessary to justify and led. Vol. Vasily III, at the time penalty of heretics. " And Vassian made "concessions (most probably forced) ... Josephite top of the Metropolitan of Moscow."  Thus, Bassion, as it turns out, was not considered a Josephites in matters of monastic land tenure, going "to ever more radical program" but "came closer" with them on the question of heretics penalty - although, by the way, no bitter struggle with heretics then , after the death of St. Joseph, and it was not! How can this be understood? The answer can be only one "position" Bassion dictated primarily by the desire to please Vasily III. In recent years, the life of St. Joseph of Volokolamsk Vasily III of, as is evident from a number of indisputable facts, I treated him with hostility, or at least a sharp discontent - think about Ban argue with Vassian! Therefore, the Grand Duke did not mind when Vassian accused Monk in intolerance against heretics. But this accusation had and Vassian and Vasily III, and it is only as a way to discredit Joseph of Volokolamsk always inclined to forgiveness of the Russian people in the eyes; after the death of the Rev. Vasily III did not wish to condemn the execution of heretics, the disposal of which he himself gave. And Vassian was now writing that the kings and princes "befitting" the execution of heretics ...
Silence in the Novels of Elie Wiesel
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