What good is it, if we have a strong economy, but our people are ill?
For what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world, but destroy his own soul? That is why the Church must set itself into people’s minds, and why it must say what it must naturally, with love, not stepping back, not looking down on those who live in poverty, but in solidarity with poor people, to proclaim moral values. Then, nobody would accuse the Church of sanctimonious hypocrisy, but would attend to the preaching of the Church. This exhortation is now crucial for the survival of our civilisation; the consumer psychology and the lust of the flesh are not viable… they destroy the spiritual dimension of life, and turn human beings into animals.
However, there is another problem, if we talk about the Christian world, namely, that part of the Christian world today live under different laws… the laws of secular society. Not in the sense that those belonging to these religious groups are good and law-abiding citizens, rather, it’s something else. These Christians admit to their inner world sinful elements of the world and justify these elements, if secular society offers it to them. Today, we encounter such phenomena in modern Protestantism. It’s a very dangerous phenomenon, when under the influence of secular liberal views, the liberal clichés of these secular philosophies are repeated within the Protestant Churches, and become rooted in their religious consciousness.
His Holiness Kirill Gundyaev
Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias
Do you agree with His Holiness or do you agree with the Tea Party? So-called “conservatism” is actually Radical Neoliberalism, and His Holiness’ comments on “liberalism” expose its vacuity and its sterility. You can stand with His Holiness… and understand that we are all linked together… and that we all rise and fall as one. On the other hand, you can stand with Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Caribou Barbie, and all the HMO executives and worship greed and cupidity. There’s no middle ground. There’s a nasty and noxious reality under their “Christian” verbiage (Beck’s a Mormon… he’s not even a Christian!). It’s why I won’t rest… do reflect on the fact that Paffhausen is in bed with the Tea Party… birds of a feather…
His Holiness says that we’re all tied together (he’s not heavy, he’s my brother), and the Unholy Trio says that we’re atomised consumers (where’s mine!). I stand for the former, what about you?
Saturday 14 August 2010
In researching this post, I came across a nasty little website called “GetReligion”. On it, Terrence Mattingly was expatiating on the MP, and the obvious ignorance of his presentation was shockingly apparent. It’s very easy to get material on His Holiness… most of it is in Russian, though. He didn’t even know how to access the information on Patriarchia.ru correctly. The more I see of this character, the more of a boob he reveals himself to be. He knows NOTHING about Orthodoxy in Russia and you should discount anything he says concerning it. The people in his commboxes were even more ignorant of the subject, if that’s possible (and it is).
In any case, none of the people on this website know the first thing about Russians. For one, Russians aren’t Germans… we’re not efficient, we don’t follow the letter of the law (if there was a nation of artful dodgers, we’re it), and we put people in front of dogmas and ideas. These pseudo-intellectuals are WORDS, WORDS, WORDS… the sheer wind-power would be enough to propel the Cutty Sark to China and back. It’s why the konvertsy don’t “get it”… they read this or that, and assume that’s what we believe. Orthodoxy is experiential… and until these children learn that, they shouldn’t comment on Church affairs (and learning Russian or Greek wouldn’t hurt, either…).
It does take all kinds… I’m aware of that. Unfortunately, Mr Mattingly is a total flake when it comes to anything Russian… if he speaks on any Russian topic, ignore him, he doesn’t know the first thing about it. Why doesn’t he stick to American Sectarians and Catholics… he does know about them. Crazy world, ain’t it?