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Russia Loses the War of the Churches (27)


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Reading the words from the Russian media about the Orthodox Church sounds exactly like Soviet, then Russian, propaganda.  “Global conspiracy”, indeed. Dear Russia, Ukraine made the move to break free from the shackles of the Russian Orthodox Church, to remove yet another constraint and impediment on Ukraine cast upon it by a proxy of Mother Russia. Their move was unilateral. The rest of the world is just a cheerleader.  #RussiaFail 

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Evidently the package of arguments used so far did not get any traction, so we see now the classic Russian fallback play – the evil global conspiracy against Mother Russia and all that is good in the world (cited RT): “There is a global conspiracy against Orthodox Christianity, the head of the Russian Church believes. Moscow’s ongoing quarrel with Constantinople over Ukraine is just a symptom, he said. Patriarch Kirill alluded to a global conspiracy against Orthodox Christianity as the cause of the ongoing rift between his church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople during an annual religious conference in Moscow. The stakes are very high, and the incentive to destroy the unity of the Church has a global dimension. It’s not a fight over jurisdiction. It’s a fight against the only powerful Orthodox force in the world. The Russian Christian leader added that Orthodox Christianity served as an “island of freedom” standing against values and ideas forced upon mankind by globalism.

Some interesting reports, updates and analyses, and a nice commentary by Weigel. Tolkovatel portal on further Stalinist destruction of the ROC during the Soviet era.


A ‘global conspiracy’ undermines Orthodox world – head of Russian Church — RT Russia

There is a global conspiracy against Orthodox Christianity, the head of the Russian Church believes. Moscow’s ongoing quarrel with Constantinople over Ukraine is just a symptom, he said. Patriarch Kirill alluded to a global conspiracy against Orthodox Christianity as the cause of the ongoing rift between his church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople during an annual religious conference in Moscow. The stakes are very high, and the incentive to destroy the unity of the Church has a global dimension. It’s not a fight over jurisdiction. It’s a fight against the only powerful Orthodox force in the world. The Russian Christian leader added that Orthodox Christianity served as an “island of freedom” standing against values and ideas forced upon mankind by globalism.

TASS: Society & Culture – Legal transfer of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra to breakaway sects impossible, key cleric warns

MOSCOW, October 30. /TASS/. The legitimate transfer of the historic Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (the Monastery of the Caves), which is owned by the Ukrainian state, to breakaway factions is impossible, Father Superior of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, Metropolitan Pavel of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl, told reporters on Tuesday. “In conformity with Ukraine’s laws, the transfer (to the schismatic Kiev Patriarchate – TASS) is impossible, but transgressors can do anything,” said the metropolitan who arrived in Moscow to take part in the Faith and Word festival of Orthodox media. According to the metropolitan, currently there is a long-term lease agreement. “It is not extended, if we do not preserve a monument and do not comply with everything that is written in the lease agreement,” he explained. “Today, we do not just comply with everything. We also adorn [these monuments] because many destroyed churches have been and are being restored with believers’ and philanthropists’ money.”

 

 

 

Russian Ambassador to Greece hands letter of the Russian Church to Deputy FM

Russia’s Ambassador to Greece Andrey Maslov delivered to the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Markos Bolaris a letter of the Russian Patriarchate. The Russian Church’s letter related to recent developments on the autocephaly of the Christian Orthodox Church in Ukraine. Andrey Maslov called for the Greek government to understand the Russian concern about the dangerous consequences in Ukraine.

Shifting Tectonic Plates in Eastern Christianity | George Weigel | First Things

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Christian Geopolitics and the Ukrainian Ecclesiastical Crisis

It is a cliché that the internal politics of the Orthodox Church are, well, Byzantine. And this current crisis, in which the ostensible bone of contention

Moscow Rewards Loyal Orthodox Leader in Moldova :: Balkan Insight

After the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople agreed to recognise the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s independence from Moscow, Russia is seeking to strengthen ties with canonically subordinate allies.

MATTINGLY: One thousand years of history shape Moscow-Istanbul clash | Religion | argus-press.com

The old pagan gods and goddesses were not enough. So the prince dispatched ambassadors to investigate Islam, Judaism, Catholicism and the Orthodox faith of the Christian East.

The law on renaming of Ukrainian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate will lead to a clash of religious communities – the expert | The Siver Post

The law on renaming of Ukrainian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate will lead to a clash of religious communities. This commentary, ГолосUA said political scientist Ruslan Bortnik. “Information of concern for tomos is not very high, 70% of citizens do not know what it is. Given the fact that today begins to stall the process of unifying Cathedral, not well understood the policy of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in relation to what will be the Ukrainian autocephaly. The attempt to adopt the law in Parliament – a desire to put the cart before the donkey and provoke political activity around this issue in order to put pressure on the Autocephalous status and the clergy of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate. In particular, it quickly joined the unification Council. Only then is there a chance of a more rapid formation of a single Orthodox Church. In fact, this attempt at political instruments to form a new local Church”, – said R. Bortnik.

Time for Greece to overhaul constitution, separate church and state, PM Tsipras says – Daily Sabah

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Tuesday that it was time for Greece to clearly outline the religious neutrality of the state within the…

Window on Eurasia — New Series: To Get Copper for Industrialization, Stalin Confiscated Church Bells

Paul Goble Staunton, October 30 – Stalin made up the difference between the production of copper in the USSR in the 1930s and the needs of Soviet industrialization during that decade by confiscating the bells of Russian Orthodox churches, an economic requirement that gave an added impetus to Bolshevik anti-religious activities. In 1931, the Tolkovatel portal notes, the Soviet economy needed 60,000 tons of copper but Soviet mines produced only 27,000. To make up the difference, Stalin went after church bells which included some 250,000 tons of copper in them (ttolk.ru/articles/tserkovnyie_kolokola_-_na_stroyki_industrializatsii). That covered the deficit in production for the entire decade but only at the price of the destruction of one of the loveliest parts of Russia’s architectural and religious heritage. The size of this campaign is reflected in the following statistic: In 1930-31 alone, the Soviet authorities confiscated from the Trinity-Sergiyev lavra 19 bells weighting a total of 130 tons; and officials calculated that with each parish church closed in Moscow, they could count on getting at least a ton of copper. The entire effort was promoted by an ideological campaign to “transform bells into cars and tractors” – for examples of this, see vecherniyorenburg.ru/cat181/show4102/ — one that explicitly suggested that while Russians might never again hear the sound of bells, they would benefit from Soviet industrialization.

 

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