After years of suffering, Russian Orthodox believers deserve something better than this. Comments on the website or technical programs? Just wondering…. The differences in opinion between President Putin and Patriarch Kirill shed light on broader cleavages in Russian society over the future relationship between church and state, which the Kremlin fails to fully comprehend. It’s important to realize that the ROC was reconstituted during WWII and Kirill and other Metropolitans were used by the KGB. Putin with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian church, in 2017. Or the recent use of a weapons-grade nerve agent in England against two Russians of whom Putin disapproved? In the dialogue the Catholic Church conducts with Russian Orthodoxy, perhaps it would be useful to clarify the following points. This is correct. As for Syria: the Christians enjoyed a relatively “safer space” under the Assads (just as they did in Iraq, under Saddam) than they have or will have under the bloodthirsty Islamic savages of either ISIS or the rebel idiots the US has been backing. Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church since 1 February 2009 Tags: Vladimir Putin, Patriarch Kirill. During the meeting, the President congratulated Patriarch Kirill on his birthday. Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.jpeg 4,440 × 3,120; 7.9 MB Vladimir Putin 24 November 2000-4.jpg 500 × 334; 93 KB Vladimir Putin 28 December 2000-11.jpg 500 × 334; 188 KB Does it mean continued Russian support for the Syrian butcher, Bashar al-Assad? Or the murder of his critics, like journalist Anna Politkovskaya? https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2018/04/11/patriarch-kirill-and-mr-putin I am unable to digest mythology in any form and from where it comes. 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. How does the alternative reality created by this tsunami of disinformation square with harmonious “social relationships”? The Dispatch Why doesn’t the “atmosphere of openness” in which Russian “society lives today” extend to Alexei Navalny, the brave dissident who was not permitted to run in last month’s presidential election? 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. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has expressed condolences over the killing of believers of the Ethiopian Church in the Vallega region of Oromia state 04.11.2020 16:50 Stenogram of the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and leaders of religious associations in Russia Patriarch Kirill urged countries to unite Under Mr Kirill the Church has close ties with the Russian state under Vladimir Putin. Who’s sin will be greater, Krill’s or Cupich’s Tobin’s…? The patriarchate of Rome is not in any position to make demands of anything that it does not demand of its own dissident bishops. 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. The decline in western culture is the root cause of the decline in the Church. 10 Observers have said the monk’s rebellious actions and now his detention undermine the authority of Patriarch Kirill. Wow, was this article needed! 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? Here in the United States, we’ve seen too much of that among certain evangelical leaders recently. Scopri le migliori foto stock e immagini editoriali di attualità di Orthodox Patriarch Kirill su Getty Images. Last Dec. 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: Does it mean the destabilization of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia? I believe that this openness will be the pledge for the certain success of our Fatherland in the near and distant future. 50 years from now, Russia will be Christian and the US will be as pagan as Sodom and Gomorrah. 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? On 27 January 2009, the ROC Local Council (th… Sorry to have to say it, but Weigel’s article is pure neocon/war party trash. More churches are opening and it is culturally more acceptable to be a committed Christian than it is in the USA. All comments posted at Catholic World Report are moderated. Does it mean continued Russian support for the Syrian butcher, Bashar al-Assad? 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. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a “large-scale” COVID-19 immunization campaign to start by late next ... politics, Vladimir Putin, Health, Business, Patriarch Kirill. 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. 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? 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. 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. Print. 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. How is that “atmosphere of openness” affected by 24/7 state-sponsored propaganda inside Russia, which depicts Vladimir Putin as the one man who can save the country from Western aggression and domestic traitors? How is that “atmosphere of openness” affected by 24/7 state-sponsored propaganda inside Russia, which depicts Vladimir Putin as the one man who can save the country from Western aggression and domestic traitors? Or the recent use of a weapons-grade nerve agent in England against two Russians of whom Putin disapproved? Sorry, George. Russian Orthodox Church leadership continues to promote Putin's farcical attempt to be a savior of Christian values. or to use a more biblical reference, we have beams in our eyes, let’s not criticize those who have splinters. 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 • 1 Pet. And does that “lofty mission” include Putin’s accumulation of extraordinary wealth? Russia under Putin isn’t the atheistic Soviet Union, so why do all of the neocons want a new cold (or hot) war? In the dialogue that the Catholic Church conducts with Russian Orthodoxy, perhaps it would be useful to clarify the following points. The president’s speech was devoted to the church’s role in state affairs. Thank you for your generosity! Hollywood or the Vatican. There is no real indication that Kirill is anything other than a worker for the state. If you value the news and views Catholic World Report provides, please consider donating to support our efforts. Patriarch Kirill I and President Vladimir Putin During the seventy years since that time, the various patriarchs (Sergius I, Alexius I, Pimen I, Alexius II and now Kirill) have supported the regime in power and its leaders: Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Andropov, Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Putin. Here in the United States, we’ve seen too much of that among certain evangelical leaders recently. The installation of Kirill I as the new patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church last month will not end the subordination of the church to the Putin regime. In the dialogue that the Catholic Church conducts with Russian Orthodoxy, perhaps it would be useful to clarify some important points. ©2018 Ethics and Public Policy Center | 1730 M Street NW Suite 910 Washington, DC 20036 | Phone: 1-202-682-1200 | Fax: 202-408-0632. Bartholomew I, as Patriarch of Constantinople, lives in Istanbul and presides over the Church of St. George in Fener, a district of the city. Are the ethics of these practices part of the patriarch’s “dialogue” with the president? IMHO, the bishops are taking a long-term view. Is the “lofty mission which the Lord has entrusted” to Mr. Putin a mission-without-end? Putin: Good afternoon, dear friends, I believe that this openness will be the pledge for the certain success of our Fatherland in the near and distant future. More appropriately, he should have called out American bishops who have consistantly supported the Baby Killer party (aka democrats) and have failed to fight the culture war. Did the Lord really intend that Mr. Putin be president-for-life and a multi-billionaire to boot? 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. George Weigel 1:17-21 • Lk. Putin got into real trouble with the Western elites when he cracked down on LBGTQ?… propaganda. GW, you’re throwing stones from the parapet of a glass house. Does that “continued success” depend on Russian internet trolls and bots sowing discord and confusion (not to mention lies and propaganda) around the world? Thank you, Robert, there are people who can think for themselves after all and don’t blindly follow the money or the media. Are you enjoying this article? The extraordinary spiritual riches of Russian Orthodoxy are squandered when its leaders engage in this sort of propagandistic rubbish. For Russian President Vladimir Putin, it will be an occasion to project his country's influence at a … This year, the meeting was held in videoconference mode. April 11, 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia met at Mount Athos on Saturday during their official visits to Greece. After years of suffering, Russian Orthodox believers deserve something better than this. “Culture warrior” and the fallacy of misplaced concreteness, Readings: • Acts 2:14, 22-33 • Psa. Why doesn’t the “atmosphere of openness” in which Russian “society lives today” extend to Alexei Navalny, the brave dissident who was not permitted to run in last month’s presidential election? On 29 December, when talking to journalists, he said he was opposed to any reforms of a liturgical or doctrinal nature in the Church. “… I  express my gratitude to you for the dialogue we hold together … and for the atmosphere of openness in which our society lives today. Sign up to receive a weekly email with news, analysis, and commentary from a voice you can trust! Click here to sign up for our newsletter. 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 The annals of sycophancy are, alas, replete with examples of churchmen toadying to political power. 24:13-25 I grew up attending a small Fundamentalist Bible chapel that believed the Lord’s Supper should be commemorated […]. As Our Lady said at Fatima, Russia will continue to spread its’ errors. 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. I would like to wish you, much esteemed Vladimir Vladimirovich, long years of life, good health, and God’s aid in the lofty mission the Lord has entrusted to you through the will of the people … May the Lord preserve you! Weigel was hoping Hilary Clinton would win. How does the alternative reality created by this tsunami of disinformation square with harmonious “social relationships”? Patriarch Kirill and Mr. Putin by George Weigel . On 6 December 2008, the day after the death of Patriarch Alexy II, the Russian Holy Synod elected him locum tenens of the Patriarchal throne. 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? Your contribution will help us continue to make CWR available to all readers worldwide for free, without a subscription. In today’s Sycophancy Sweepstakes, however, it’s hard to top Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Always see the latest from George Weigel and other EPPC Scholars. …, I express my gratitude to you for the dialogue we hold together … and for the atmosphere of openness in which our society lives today. As for Ukraine: it was tending toward an alliance with the morally corrupt Western elites of NATO and the EU. The Russian Church suffered terribly under Lenin, Stalin, and their heirs. We should probably begin with the situation in which all of us, including religious organisations, the Russian Orthodox Church, have been working. Gregorio Borgia/AFP/Getty Images. As for Crimea: it for centuries has been as Russian as the Rhine is German. OUR bishops haven’t the courage to call out the rot that comes from Hollywood or the MSM. Does that “continued success” depend on Russian internet trolls and bots sowing discord and confusion (not to mention lies and propaganda) around the world? How does it advance “the interests of the people”? Kirill, head of church and close ally of Putin says feminist organisations 'proclaim the pseudo-freedom of women' Miriam Elder in Moscow Tue 9 … Sign up to receive EPPC's free biweekly e-newsletter of selected publications, news, and events. How does it advance “the interests of the people”? Does it mean the destabilization of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia? Putin has used such superficial actions to lure church members onto his team. Or the poisoning with radioactive polonium of Alexander Litvinenko, who tried to shed light on Putin’s secret police thugs? 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. Are you a FSB member, by chance, Mr. Miller or otherwise working for the Russian Federation? Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on his 70th birthday and praised his contribution to the development of inter-religious and inter-ethnic dialogue, the Kremlin press service said on Sunday. George Weigel has provided some facts regarding the situation in Russia. 2.8K likes. One could make an…, " Any promotion of Ressourcement theology as a cure-all would therefore be another form of the same sort of rationalism…, Trump praises St. Thomas Becket as martyr for religious freedom, The Road to Emmaus, The Reality of the Eucharist. The best term to describe George Weigle is Hollow. How is “the will of the people” expressed through charades that aren’t “elections” in any real sense of the term? Which is more risky, Calling out Putin or calling out some idiot like Katy Perry? Are the ethics of these practices part of the patriarch’s “dialogue” with the president? 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? How “normal”, really, was the old normal? Or the poisoning with radioactive polonium of Alexander Litvinenko, who tried to shed light on Putin’s secret police thugs? * * * President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Your Holiness, we agreed long ago to meet to discuss current matters. Did the Lord really intend that Mr. Putin be president-for-life and a multi-billionaire to boot? How is “the will of the people” expressed through charades that aren’t “elections” in any real sense of the term? Eight years ago, it was a $39,000 watch -- and a doctored photograph -- that got the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in trouble. …. 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. 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I suspect the strategy is to live (the Church that is) and wait for better times than to have the Church die at the hands of a sociopath. Of course the American Evangelical pastors he is referring to are the one who support President Trump. The extraordinary spiritual riches of Russian Orthodoxy are squandered when its leaders engage in this sort of propagandistic rubbish. Full Screen 1 / 3. The annals of sycophancy are, alas, replete with examples of churchmen toadying to political power. The depth of faith is shallow for many. You need to go back to your wonky think tank and think again. Your email address will not be published. So does true ecumenical dialogue. In today’s Sycophancy Sweepstakes, however, it’s hard to top Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Is the “lofty mission which the Lord has entrusted” to Mr. Putin a mission-without-end? Sign up for EPPC Briefly! Does the “certain success of our Fatherland in the near and distant future” mean the permanent occupation of Crimea, the ongoing presence of Russian troops in Ukraine, and the continuation of the low-grade but lethal war Russia is waging against its neighbor? The Church was critically ill under communism and is only now recovering and unlike Poland, have insufficient support from the people to battle a semi-dictator like Putin. 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. Click here for more information on donating to CWR. 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. Paul Ryan announces retirement from Congress, Rome seminar highlights ‘unsung heroes’ among religious sisters. 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