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Sparafucile
09-04-2012, 09:06
Watching Patriarch Kirill Discredit Himself (http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/watching-patriarch-kirill-discredit-himself/456324.html)
[The Moscow Times]

The Moscow Times has a feature on the latest gaffes swirling around the bearded head of Russia's so-called 'Patriarch'.

But the article, published yesterday, missed the latest update in the story - so far only in the Russian-language press. I found it on Google News Ru on my mobile yesterday.

Patriarch Kirill sent out an Encyclical yesterday (a circular letter to all churches), and demanded that it be read out in all churches. The letter is a raving torrent of fury and accusation which is entirely incompatible with the contemplative nature of Holy Week. In it, Kirill launches terrifying attacks on the 'forces of liberalism' and 'enemies' who are apparently 'intent on the destruction of the Russian Church'. (http://www.lenta.ru/news/2012/04/07/enemies/) (source Lenta.Ru - Russian only)

As Kirill struggles to save his worsening reputation, he is losing the support of even his own priesthood. Yesterday many churches refused to read such a letter, especially on Palm Sunday. Three main churches in Moscow sent it back to the Patriarch unanswered - despite Kirill's furious demands that it be countersigned by every priest, and an acknowledgment sent that it had been read out in the Palm Sunday service.

Despite the furious denials you will read on this Site from the usual shill, the Patriarch's reputation is now irrevocably compromised and it seems certain that this story will not end here. Will his holey Holiness find space in his Easter Sunday sermon for any of the traditional Christian messages? Or has he lost the plot so far that it will be a second helping of threats, accusations, attacks and plans for revenge?

Watch this space.

Judge
09-04-2012, 09:28
It doesn't go down well with the common people that Patriarch Kirill is good friends with many in the Kremlin.. Flash cars and expensive watches go together but can't say the same for politics and religion..

FatAndy
09-04-2012, 09:43
Introducing Christianity in Russia by grand duke Vladimir had political aim - unification of beliefs and keeping integrity if the state.
Since Peter 1st times РПЦ always was state's dept and the instrument of state politics (and during USSR times too - keeping in mind their revival during GPW and strict aegis of 5th glavk of KGB in 195x-8x). And it will remain.

Regarding comrade Gundyayev - I agree, he's not on the place.

PeteD
09-04-2012, 11:46
Watching Patriarch Kirill Discredit Himself (http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/watching-patriarch-kirill-discredit-himself/456324.html)
[The Moscow Times]

The Moscow Times has a feature on the latest gaffes swirling around the bearded head of Russia's so-called 'Patriarch'.

Will his holey Holiness find space in his Easter Sunday sermon for any of the traditional Christian messages? Or has he lost the plot so far that it will be a second helping of threats, accusations, attacks and plans for revenge?

Watch this space.

Time will tell......

.... and we know he has the watch to help him!

:rofl: