Thank you. In the dialogue that the Catholic Church conducts with Russian Orthodoxy, perhaps it would be useful to clarify the following points. Are the ethics of these practices part of the patriarch’s “dialogue” with the president? The extraordinary spiritual riches of Russian Orthodoxy are squandered when its leaders engage in this sort of propagandistic rubbish. Scegli tra immagini premium su Orthodox Patriarch Kirill della migliore qualità. 10 After years of suffering, Russian Orthodox believers deserve something better than this. About how the High Priest of the Putin Reich, Patriarch Kirill (he is already a KGB agent Mikhailov) amassed his billions of dollars in speculation in tobacco, alcohol, and oil (exempted from taxes and excise taxes) in the dashing 1990s, how he, the head of the bandit empire of the Russian Orthodox Church, eliminated its competitors, many have already written. Russia under Putin isn’t the atheistic Soviet Union, so why do all of the neocons want a new cold (or hot) war? More churches are opening and it is culturally more acceptable to be a committed Christian than it is in the USA. However he has not provided the complete context. …, I express my gratitude to you for the dialogue we hold together … and for the atmosphere of openness in which our society lives today. Thank you for your generosity! Executing an individual adjudicated in a court of law for committing a capital crime isn't murder. Scopri le migliori foto stock e immagini editoriali di attualità di Orthodox Patriarch Kirill su Getty Images. You need to go back to your wonky think tank and think again. What are the “moral values” that inform Putin’s claim that the collapse of the Soviet Union, a murderous tyranny, was the worst geopolitical disaster of the twentieth century? 1:17-21 • Lk. Did the Lord really intend that Mr. Putin be president-for-life and a multi-billionaire to boot? “… I  express my gratitude to you for the dialogue we hold together … and for the atmosphere of openness in which our society lives today. On November 4, 2020, the National Unity Day, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin had a traditional talk with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and leaders of religious associations in Russia. Patriarch Kirill: Without God, family, traditions, everything collapses [Video] Head of the Russian Orthodox Church weighs in on the Constitutional reforms being voted on this week by Seraphim Hanisch June 27, 2020 710 Views 6 Comments https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2018/04/11/patriarch-kirill-and-mr-putin Its martyrs, who number in the millions, are dishonored when the bishops of a putatively free Church play the role of chaplain to the omnipotent and infallible czar, rather than speaking truth to power. April 11, 2018 Putin called to relay well wishes from the Russian Orthodox Patriarch, Kirill, and thank him for his work in attempting to unite the Orthodox churches. Is the “lofty mission which the Lord has entrusted” to Mr. Putin a mission-without-end? Russian President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia met at Mount Athos on Saturday during their official visits to Greece. Last December 1, after President Vladimir Putin addressed a meeting of the Episcopal Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill concluded his thanks in these cringe-inducing terms: There is nothing more serious and important than moral consensus within society. Click here to sign up for our newsletter. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill arrive for the meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in Moscow February 1, 2013. How does it advance “the interests of the people”? Does the “political practice” rooted in “moral values” to which the patriarch referred include the assassination of Putin’s political opponents, such as Boris Nemtsov? Wow, was this article needed! The Russian Church suffered terribly under Lenin, Stalin, and their heirs. Its martyrs, who number in the millions, are dishonored when the bishops of a putatively free Church play the role of chaplain to the omnipotent and infallible czar, rather than speaking truth to power. So does true ecumenical dialogue. Or the recent use of a weapons-grade nerve agent in England against two Russians of whom Putin disapproved? On 9 December, during the funeral service for Alexey II in Christ the Saviour Cathedral (which was broadcast live by Russia's state TV channels), he was seen and reported to have fainted at one point. Sign up for EPPC Briefly! Gregorio Borgia/AFP/Getty Images. The Dispatch After years of suffering, Russian Orthodox believers deserve something better than this. In the dialogue the Catholic Church conducts with Russian Orthodoxy, perhaps it would be useful to clarify the following points. Does it mean continued Russian support for the Syrian butcher, Bashar al-Assad? Weigel was hoping Hilary Clinton would win. Does it mean the destabilization of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia? Share with a Friend! banning obscenities in movies, banning public displays of affection between homosexuals etc. Paul Ryan announces retirement from Congress, Rome seminar highlights ‘unsung heroes’ among religious sisters. Russian Orthodox Church leadership continues to promote Putin's farcical attempt to be a savior of Christian values. I am unable to digest mythology in any form and from where it comes. Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference In an “atmosphere of openness,” why has Mr. Putin been the beneficiary for eighteen years of a colossal, Kremlin-organized personality cult – more sophisticated than that of the late, unlamented Mao Zedong, to be sure, but of the same character? The views expressed by EPPC scholars in their work are their individual views only and are not to be imputed to EPPC as an institution. It looks like he has succeded beyond his wildest dreams. And does that “lofty mission” include Putin’s accumulation of extraordinary wealth? How is “the will of the people” expressed through charades that aren’t “elections” in any real sense of the term? You would not believe the number of our fellow Catholics who give Putin a pass on almost everything because of some pandering to the Orthodox church e.g. Your email address will not be published. 24:13-25 I grew up attending a small Fundamentalist Bible chapel that believed the Lord’s Supper should be commemorated […]. The annals of sycophancy are, alas, replete with examples of churchmen toadying to political power. Your contribution will help us continue to make CWR available to all readers worldwide for free, without a subscription. Email webmaster@eppc.org, The Constitution, the Courts, and the Culture. Patriarch Kirill urged countries to unite Under Mr Kirill the Church has close ties with the Russian state under Vladimir Putin. What are the “moral values” that inform Putin’s claim that the collapse of the Soviet Union, a murderous tyranny, was the worst geopolitical disaster of the twentieth century? If you value the news and views Catholic World Report provides, please consider donating to support our efforts. I believe that this openness will be the pledge for the certain success of our Fatherland in the near and distant future. Sorry to have to say it, but Weigel’s article is pure neocon/war party trash. Is the “lofty mission which the Lord has entrusted” to Mr. Putin a mission-without-end? 50 years from now, Russia will be Christian and the US will be as pagan as Sodom and Gomorrah. IMHO, the bishops are taking a long-term view. The president’s speech was devoted to the church’s role in state affairs. Or the poisoning with radioactive polonium of Alexander Litvinenko, who tried to shed light on Putin’s secret police thugs? George Weigel who condemns abortions but smirks when thousands of Arab Christians are killed, better never to have been born as they sometimes say, good luck George. Putin has used such superficial actions to lure church members onto his team. How is “the will of the people” expressed through charades that aren’t “elections” in any real sense of the term? We should probably begin with the situation in which all of us, including religious organisations, the Russian Orthodox Church, have been working. This year, the meeting was held in videoconference mode. Did the Lord really intend that Mr. Putin be president-for-life and a multi-billionaire to boot? Putin has cynically cast himself as the savior of Christian values and the Russian Church leadership has not only acquiesced in, but promoted, that farce. Just wondering…. Observers have said the monk’s rebellious actions and now his detention undermine the authority of Patriarch Kirill. It’s important to realize that the ROC was reconstituted during WWII and Kirill and other Metropolitans were used by the KGB. In an “atmosphere of openness,” why has Mr. Putin been the beneficiary for eighteen years of a colossal, Kremlin-organized personality cult—more sophisticated than that of the late, unlamented Mao Zedong, to be sure, but of the same character? When Kirill was elected Patriarch on 27 January 2009, by the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church by secret vote he gained 508 out of 702 votes and enthroned during liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow on 1 February 2009 the service was attended, among others, by President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and prime minister Vladimir Putin. The depth of faith is shallow for many. If there is consensus on the main moral values, then all other social relationships are formed harmoniously … and political practice corresponds to the interests of the people. Does it mean continued Russian support for the Syrian butcher, Bashar al-Assad? That’s one election he can’t rig! 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