Voices from Russia

Monday, 28 January 2008

The Vatican is interested in the Formation of a “National” Orthodox Church in the Ukraine according to a local activist


New Hieromartyr Maksim Sandovich of Lemkovshchyna (1886-1914), murdered by the Hapsburg authorities for rejecting the Unia

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Yuri Boldyrev, the leader of the Orthodox Path organisation in the Ukraine, believes that the Vatican is interested in creating a “national” Orthodox Church in the Ukraine. “The true aim of the Vatican in encouraging a “national” Orthodox Church in the Ukraine is to further the advance of Catholicism to the east”, Mr Boldyrev stated in an interview with the magazine Profil’ (Profile). In his view, the Holy See attempted “for a thousand years” to weaken the unity of Orthodox in the Ukraine with their Russian co-religionists. “The Vatican attempted to put the Ukraine under its domination and to ‘correct’ the ‘historical mistake’ of Grand Prince St Vladimir by using the political and military force of nearby Catholic states”. He observed further that, in the 16th century, the Vatican “took advantage of the political weakness of Russia” and extended its power over Galicia. It imposed the Union of Brest on the Orthodox subjects of the Polish state (then extending to the west bank of the Dnepr). As a result, today, “Galicians differ significantly in culture and thought from all other Ukrainians”. Mr Boldyrev described how he saw the plans of the Vatican unfolding. “Here’s their scenario for the Catholicisation of the Ukraine. First, a ‘national’ Orthodox church would be created. Then, the Ukrainian Uniates would join it in a ‘patriotic’ union. Do recall that some of the Ukrainian nationalist Orthodox schismatics already mention the Pope of Rome in their services. This isn’t a new idea. It wasn’t born today, and it wasn’t born in 1991. These are but the contemporary manifestations of a thousand-year process. The present partisans of the creation of a “national” church aren’t honest about the meaning of their plan. Some, no doubt are ignorant dupes. Others are being sly and deceiving. Don’t forget that the building of the Uniate cathedral in Kiev on the left bank of the Dnepr is an accomplished fact”, noted Mr Boldyrev.

28 January 2008

Interfax-Religion

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Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar Thanked Those Who Saved Jews from the Nazis in World War II

Filed under: inspirational,Inter-faith,Jewish,moral issues,religious,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

“The Righteous amongst the Nations have a Place in the World to Come”

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During ceremonies on the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust, Rav Berel Lazar, the Chief Rabbi of Russia, gave thanks to the many “Righteous Gentiles” of all nationalities who risked their lives to save Jews from deportation to the Nazi death camps. “I think that when we recall the Holocaust, we shouldn’t only remember the shootings, the gas chambers, and the belching smoke of the crematory furnaces. We must also reflect on the shining exemplar of humanity shown by the Righteous Gentiles of all nationalities”, Rav Lazar said, per a press release transmitted to Interfax. “We’ll never forget the tragedy of the Holocaust. Likewise, we’ll never forget those who risked their lives bravely to save Jews from becoming victims of the Holocaust. We thank them sincerely, unto the ages of ages”, Rav Lazar emphasised.

He called fascism “the direct consequence of the atheism that spread throughout Germany and other European states in the first half of the twentieth century”. Rav Lazar reminded his audience that the Nazis attempted to revive Teutonic paganism and that they threw not only Jewish rabbis, but, also Christian priests, into their concentration camps. “Everywhere and always, atheism always leads to mass repressions and genocide. This happened in Germany under Hitler, in Russia under Lenin and Stalin, in Kampuchea under Pol Pot, and it’s happening today in Mynmar”, he said. However, Rav Lazar added, the people of the world “made their choice in spite of the pressing circumstances. Cold reasoning and logic didn’t lead them, but the warmth of their hearts and souls inspired them. This is clear proof that there’s a tendency to good in the soul of man, even if the risks involved are great and there are no material benefits to be gained. Our wise elders taught us that a righteous man is the foundation of peace on earth. When war raged over the entire world, when millions of people were coarsened and lost the semblance of humanity, the righteous not only saved lives, they preserved the peace of God in and around themselves. They helped their families, their friends, and their neighbours to withstand the test of the war years. In the final analysis, it was precisely such people, who showered the light of peace over all around them, who allowed the world to be set right after that terrible catastrophe”, Rav Lazar said in conclusion.

28 January 2008

Interfax-Religion

www.interfax.ru

 

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