Skip to comments.Russian Orthodox Church Under Attack: Patriarch
Posted on 09/11/2012 8:11:05 AM PDT by marshmallow
MOSCOW - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church used a Sunday prayer service and a state TV interview to argue that the church he presides over is under attack from foes he said fear its post-Soviet revival and want to destroy its places of worship.
Patriarch Kirill did not name punk music group Pussy Riot but was clearly referring to the collective, three of whose members were sentenced to jail for performing a "punk prayer" at the altar of a Moscow cathedral during which they criticized President Vladimir Putin.
Since the verdict on August 17, which drew sharp Western criticism that Moscow said was politically-motivated, vandals in Russia and Ukraine have cut down a handful of wooden crosses in support of Pussy Riot, but band members have condemned the vandalism and said they had nothing to do with it.
Kirill suggested "opponents" were trying to derail the post-Soviet resurgence of Russian Orthodox Christianity, the dominant faith since tsarist times, and warned: "We will not stop."
Speaking in a state TV interview and at a service at Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral commemorating the 1812 Battle of Borodino - which helped Russia defeat Napoleon - Kirill used military imagery to make his point.
"I cannot shake the thought that this is an exploratory attack ... to test the depth of faith and commitment to Orthodoxy in Russia," Kirill told Rossiya television.
"And today, I think those who launched this provocation have seen that standing before them is not a faceless, quiet mass ... but a people that is capable of protecting what it holds sacred," he said.
He portrayed anyone attacking the church as an enemy of Russia, saying that aggression against the church was "aggression against our cultural core, against our code of civilization."
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Hence the howls of outrage from the West which has become accustomed to the inexorable, onward march of secular humanism and neopaganism. God bless the Russians.
Yes and no. The Russian OC married itself to Putin the way it married itself to the state in Tsarist Russia, as the misguided Eastern Orthodox tradition often goes. Much of this is a backlash to a church that is supporting a state power that does not act within the morals of that church. It’s not right, but it’s the backlash you can expect when ignoring free will.
Disclaimer: I am Eastern Orthodox.
Thr ROC is just an arm of Czar Vladimir II.
Who cares what they think or say. They refuse to recocnize the supremacy of Rome in the hierarchy and as such are heretics in my book.
Obviously they don't believe the Church and those who represent the Church should have the same freedom of expression they do. That's typical of the pagan crowd who think they're entitled to dictate the rules for everyone but themselves to follow.
They could have protested outside the Church or on public property away from the Church with no problems at all. They wanted this confrontation and they got it but now they want to revise the rules of the game.
I hope their appeal is tossed out and they serve their two years where gnats and mosquitoes are plentiful while contact with the outside world is scarce. There are probably folks already serving time who just can't wait to have "Pussy Riot" become their private punk stars. They should be happy go someplace where they're sure to be welcomed with open arms and encouraged to expand their artistic horizons.