Sunday, September 06, 2009

Russia's Patriarch Increasingly Becoming Major Force In Politics

When Patriarch Kirill visited Russia's largest shipyard in late August, he was greeted with full military honors.

As a brass band played at the Northern Shipyard in Severodvisnk, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church strolled past a row of sailors in dress uniform, boarded a nuclear submarine, and presented the crew with an icon of the Mother of God.

He later said Russia's defense capabilities need to be bolstered by Orthodox Christian values.

"You should not be ashamed of going to church and teaching the Orthodox faith to your children," the patriarch told the Severodvinsk workers. "Then we shall have something to defend with our missiles."
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George Patsourakos said...

I do not believe that Patriarch Kirill is getting involved in politics to an excessive degree.

We need to keep in mind that the Russian Orthodox Church was stifled during more than 70 years of godless communist rule in Russia (1917-1991).

I believe that Patriarch Kirill is compensating for the progress that was lost in the Russian Orthodox Church during those 70 years.

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VSO said...

He's got a point you know. I agree also with George.