Saturday, March 20, 2010
Church designs on Romanov site
Much to the dismay of archaeologists, the Russian Orthodox Church wants to build a new church (unconnected to the Imperial Family) at the site where the Romanovs' remains were dumped in 1918, which would obstruct further archaeological efforts. The Church, though it canonized the Imperial Family as Passion Bearers in 2000, has never acknowledged the authenticity of these remains, despite the overwhelming consensus of the scientific and historical communities. I have never understood the Church's obstinacy in this matter and am with the archaeologists on this one. It is sad to see an institution that ought to be a bulwark of monarchism standing in the way of thorough investigation of the Romanovs' demise due to its leaders' apparent inability to admit they were wrong in the 1990s.