on April 11, 2018. How does the alternative reality created by this tsunami of disinformation square with harmonious “social relationships”? How does it advance “the interests of the people”? 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 Are you a FSB member, by chance, Mr. Miller or otherwise working for the Russian Federation? “… 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!”. 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. Just wondering…. 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? The depth of faith is shallow for many. 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? Russia under Putin isn’t the atheistic Soviet Union, so why do all of the neocons want a new cold (or hot) war? 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. It looks like he has succeded beyond his wildest dreams. So does true ecumenical dialogue. The extraordinary spiritual riches of Russian Orthodoxy are squandered when its leaders engage in this sort of propagandistic rubbish. Kirill, head of church and close ally of Putin says feminist organisations 'proclaim the pseudo-freedom of women' Miriam Elder in Moscow Tue 9 … Patriarch Kirill and Mr. Putin by George Weigel . 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 Dispatch 50 years from now, Russia will be Christian and the US will be as pagan as Sodom and Gomorrah. ©2018 Ethics and Public Policy Center | 1730 M Street NW Suite 910 Washington, DC 20036 | Phone: 1-202-682-1200 | Fax: 202-408-0632. So does true ecumenical dialogue. Patriarch Kirill urged countries to unite Under Mr Kirill the Church has close ties with the Russian state under Vladimir Putin. One poster on a Catholic forum actually called Putin a ‘devout follower of Jesus’. And does that “lofty mission” include Putin’s accumulation of extraordinary wealth? Your email address will not be published. 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. Always see the latest from George Weigel and other EPPC Scholars. Did the Lord really intend that Mr. Putin be president-for-life and a multi-billionaire to boot? How “normal”, really, was the old normal? Or the recent use of a weapons-grade nerve agent in England against two Russians of whom Putin disapproved? 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? “Culture warrior” and the fallacy of misplaced concreteness, Readings: • Acts 2:14, 22-33 • Psa. Putin with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian church, in 2017. I am unable to digest mythology in any form and from where it comes. April 11, 2018 24:13-25 I grew up attending a small Fundamentalist Bible chapel that believed the Lord’s Supper should be commemorated […]. On 29 December, when talking to journalists, he said he was opposed to any reforms of a liturgical or doctrinal nature in the Church. 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. 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. Does it mean continued Russian support for the Syrian butcher, Bashar al-Assad? In today’s Sycophancy Sweepstakes, however, it’s hard to top Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. As for Crimea: it for centuries has been as Russian as the Rhine is German. The Russian Church suffered terribly under Lenin, Stalin, and their heirs. Are the ethics of these practices part of the patriarch’s “dialogue” with the president? How does it advance “the interests of the people”? 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. Does it mean the destabilization of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia? Does it mean the destabilization of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia? I am a little surprised that GW called out evangelical leaders here. Hollywood or the Vatican. Weigel was hoping Hilary Clinton would win. How is “the will of the people” expressed through charades that aren’t “elections” in any real sense of the term? 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? Putin: Good afternoon, dear friends, That’s one election he can’t rig! 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 the “political practice” rooted in “moral values” to which the patriarch referred include the assassination of Putin’s political opponents, such as Boris Nemtsov? 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. Eight years ago, it was a $39,000 watch -- and a doctored photograph -- that got the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in trouble. https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2018/04/11/patriarch-kirill-and-mr-putin It’s important to realize that the ROC was reconstituted during WWII and Kirill and other Metropolitans were used by the KGB. 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. On 27 January 2009, the ROC Local Council (th… As for Ukraine: it was tending toward an alliance with the morally corrupt Western elites of NATO and the EU. Does that “continued success” depend on Russian internet trolls and bots sowing discord and confusion (not to mention lies and propaganda) around the world? Tags: Vladimir Putin, Patriarch Kirill. 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. 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. Russian Orthodox Church leadership continues to promote Putin's farcical attempt to be a savior of Christian values. The decline in western culture is the root cause of the decline in the Church. In the dialogue that the Catholic Church conducts with Russian Orthodoxy, perhaps it would be useful to clarify some important points. How does the alternative reality created by this tsunami of disinformation square with harmonious “social relationships”? 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. 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. 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. Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference or to use a more biblical reference, we have beams in our eyes, let’s not criticize those who have splinters. Here in the United States, we’ve seen too much of that among certain evangelical leaders recently. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia met at Mount Athos on Saturday during their official visits to Greece. Click here for more information on donating to CWR. Did the Lord really intend that Mr. Putin be president-for-life and a multi-billionaire to boot? 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Email webmaster@eppc.org, The Constitution, the Courts, and the Culture. Or the murder of his critics, like journalist Anna Politkovskaya? 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. During the meeting, the President congratulated Patriarch Kirill on his birthday. In today’s Sycophancy Sweepstakes, however, it’s hard to top Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. The annals of sycophancy are, alas, replete with examples of churchmen toadying to political power. 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 Wow, was this article needed! The historic meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba will not only be an opportunity to heal one of the oldest divisions in Christianity. And does that “lofty mission” include Putin’s accumulation of extraordinary wealth? 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. Which is more risky, Calling out Putin or calling out some idiot like Katy Perry? Sign up for EPPC Briefly! Paul Ryan announces retirement from Congress, Rome seminar highlights ‘unsung heroes’ among religious sisters. In today’s Sycophancy Sweepstakes, however, it’s hard to top Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Scegli tra immagini premium su Orthodox Patriarch Kirill della migliore qualità. The annals of sycophancy are, alas, replete with examples of churchmen toadying to political power. 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. Patriarch Kirill of Russia. The Russian Church suffered terribly under Lenin, Stalin, and their heirs. Are you enjoying this article? Thank you, Robert, there are people who can think for themselves after all and don’t blindly follow the money or the media. Or the poisoning with radioactive polonium of Alexander Litvinenko, who tried to shed light on Putin’s secret police thugs? Comments on the website or technical programs? Executing an individual adjudicated in a court of law for committing a capital crime isn't murder. The president’s speech was devoted to the church’s role in state affairs. 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. Of course the American Evangelical pastors he is referring to are the one who support President Trump. 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. The best term to describe George Weigle is Hollow. 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. 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. The Pope, the Patriarch — and a Little Bit of Putin ... Patriarch Kirill, during a meeting in Havana on Feb. 12, 2016. 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. Or the murder of his critics, like journalist Anna Politkovskaya? If you value the news and views Catholic World Report provides, please consider donating to support our efforts. 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. 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. GW, you’re throwing stones from the parapet of a glass house. The patriarchate of Rome is not in any position to make demands of anything that it does not demand of its own dissident bishops. Does it mean continued Russian support for the Syrian butcher, Bashar al-Assad? All comments posted at Catholic World Report are moderated. …. Your contribution will help us continue to make CWR available to all readers worldwide for free, without a subscription. Thank you for your generosity! Sorry to have to say it, but Weigel’s article is pure neocon/war party trash. Orthodoxy in Russia is primarily a cultural phenomenon. I believe that this openness will be the pledge for the certain success of our Fatherland in the near and distant future. Putin got into real trouble with the Western elites when he cracked down on LBGTQ?… propaganda. …, I express my gratitude to you for the dialogue we hold together … and for the atmosphere of openness in which our society lives today. George Weigel has provided some facts regarding the situation in Russia. Full Screen 1 / 3. While vigorous debate is welcome and encouraged, please note that in the interest of maintaining a civilized and helpful level of discussion, comments containing obscene language or personal attacks—or those that are deemed by the editors to be needlessly combative or inflammatory—will not be published. 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. Print. * * * President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Your Holiness, we agreed long ago to meet to discuss current matters. 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: OUR bishops haven’t the courage to call out the rot that comes from Hollywood or the MSM. Thank you. How is “the will of the people” expressed through charades that aren’t “elections” in any real sense of the term? George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington, D.C.’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. Who’s sin will be greater, Krill’s or Cupich’s Tobin’s…? There is no real indication that Kirill is anything other than a worker for the state. 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! 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. Sorry, George. As Our Lady said at Fatima, Russia will continue to spread its’ errors. 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 • 1 Pet. 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. George Weigel 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? 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? This year, the meeting was held in videoconference mode. After years of suffering, Russian Orthodox believers deserve something better than this. Observers have said the monk’s rebellious actions and now his detention undermine the authority of Patriarch Kirill. 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? IMHO, the bishops are taking a long-term view. Scopri le migliori foto stock e immagini editoriali di attualità di Orthodox Patriarch Kirill su Getty Images. However he has not provided the complete context. Is the “lofty mission which the Lord has entrusted” to Mr. Putin a mission-without-end? Does that “continued success” depend on Russian internet trolls and bots sowing discord and confusion (not to mention lies and propaganda) around the world? As far as Putin goes, he’s got my vote for the Anti-Christ. 2.8K likes. This is correct. In the dialogue that the Catholic Church conducts with Russian Orthodoxy, perhaps it would be useful to clarify the following points. Sign up to receive EPPC's free biweekly e-newsletter of selected publications, news, and events. 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. 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 Sign up to receive a weekly email with news, analysis, and commentary from a voice you can trust! Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church since 1 February 2009 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 the dialogue the Catholic Church conducts with Russian Orthodoxy, perhaps it would be useful to clarify the following points. The extraordinary spiritual riches of Russian Orthodoxy are squandered when its leaders engage in this sort of propagandistic rubbish. Putin has used such superficial actions to lure church members onto his team. Bartholomew I, as Patriarch of Constantinople, lives in Istanbul and presides over the Church of St. George in Fener, a district of the city. Share with a Friend! Vladimir Putin met with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine. We should probably begin with the situation in which all of us, including religious organisations, the Russian Orthodox Church, have been working. Is the “lofty mission which the Lord has entrusted” to Mr. Putin a mission-without-end? For Russian President Vladimir Putin, it will be an occasion to project his country's influence at a … 10 Gregorio Borgia/AFP/Getty Images. You need to go back to your wonky think tank and think again. Here in the United States, we’ve seen too much of that among certain evangelical leaders recently. Are the ethics of these practices part of the patriarch’s “dialogue” with the president? 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? Click here to sign up for our newsletter. After years of suffering, Russian Orthodox believers deserve something better than this. 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? More churches are opening and it is culturally more acceptable to be a committed Christian than it is in the USA. 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. 1:17-21 • Lk. Or the recent use of a weapons-grade nerve agent in England against two Russians of whom Putin disapproved? “… I  express my gratitude to you for the dialogue we hold together … and for the atmosphere of openness in which our society lives today. banning obscenities in movies, banning public displays of affection between homosexuals etc. Or the poisoning with radioactive polonium of Alexander Litvinenko, who tried to shed light on Putin’s secret police thugs? 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