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Sunday, 21 November 2010

Patriarch Kirill Thinks that the Countries of the Russian Civilisational Sphere Shall Save Mankind from its Present Deadlock

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias (1946- ) addressing the opening of the Ninth Forum “Holy Russia… The Day of National Unity”.

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Russia, the Ukraine, and Byelorussia have a special mission in the global arena, according to Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias. “We (the countries of the Russian civilisational sphere, Russia, the Ukraine, and Byelorussia: Interfax) have a unique contribution to make to the development of human civilisation”, the patriarch said in a meeting with Russian diplomats and students of Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow on Thursday. He pointed up that he recently heard statements claiming that moral precepts were only relative matters, saying, “Such thinking has resulted in the decline of family values, leading to the legalisation of such immoral behaviours as drug addiction, prostitution, and homosexual relations in a number of countries. Our Russian Civilisation is called to halt this devastating trend, to keep mankind from coming to a dead end”.

He emphasised that today there is a deficit of moral values “as has been never seen in international relations, in spite of this, many states have succeeded in building an efficient economy, in promoting a consistent national interest, and in strengthening their technological capacity”. However, in his opinion, “All of these achievements remain ‘a colossus with feet of clay’ if they aren’t backed by moral values and a focus on the integrity of the human person, as the recent global crisis illustrated so abundantly”. The patriarch said, “Russia has the spiritual and intellectual potential to set itself important tasks, one of which is to change the spiritual and intellectual paradigms regnant today, including those in international relations”. His Holiness emphasised, “In today’s world, no country can assert itself as a major world player without a clear vision of its values, a vision of its ideology of the development of humanity”, and pointed up, “A great power is characterised by its ability to defend its people and their traditions, its religious beliefs, and its cultural values, these moral stands being the foundation of society”. Speaking about the importance of the integration processes within the countries of the Russian Civilisational Sphere, Patriarch Kirill noted the example of the Moscow Patriarchate, which actively ministers to the Russian-speaking diaspora in foreign countries, and which established a bilateral working group between the MP Department for External Church Relations and the Byelorussian Foreign Ministry. He expressed hope that there would be a similar growth in the interaction of the Church with the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

18 November 2010

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=38298

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A Photo Essay. The Many Faces of a Pilgrimage… Real Orthodoxy for Real People

Editor’s Foreword:

This is far larger than my usual photo essay… it’s deliberate. These days, one hears much rubbish spouted by such bloviators as Mark Stokoe, Patrick Reardon, JP, Chad Hatfield, and other Episkies who are formal converts to Orthodoxy. They’re all wet… one of the old babas on this pilgrimage, or one of those who gave the pilgrims food, drink, or shelter was superior to the entire lot of them. If these gibbering Angliochian poseurs are wrong, who’s right? Look at these photos to find out…

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Editor’s Note:

You have a choice… you can follow the healthy and normal Orthodoxy illustrated in the above snaps, or you can follow the deluded Episcopalian distortion of Orthodoxy offered you by Paffhausen, Peterson, Hatfield, Reardon, et al. You can go on otpust like our ancestors in the faith did, or you can kiss the bums of the Uniates and Anglicans as JP and his confederates did… it’s your choice. I’ve made mine… what about you?

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Patriarch Kirill says that The MP and Roman Catholics can Present a United Front in Defending Christian Values Despite Deep Theological Differences

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev (1946- ), First Hierarch of the Local Church of Moscow and all the Russias (that’s a mouthful, no?), meeting with Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Faed Mustafa (1965- )… if we maintain friendly relations with those outside Christianity, what’s wrong with being friendly to heterodox Christians? Sheesh…

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The Moscow Patriarchate and the Vatican, despite the difficulties in their relationship, can interact effectively in several areas. “Together with Roman Catholics, we stand together in facing aggressive secular liberalism, in defence of the traditional Christian understanding of family values and human life. We present a united front against certain sorts of medical-biological experimentation, as so much of it isn’t compatible with a proper respect for human dignity”, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias said at a meeting with Russian diplomats and students of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Federation in Moscow on Thursday. In his view, cooperation between the Russian Church and Roman Catholics is developing in several directions, mostly due to the outlook of the Pope of Rome, Benedict XVI Ratzinger. “Since 1980, we’ve engaged in a theological dialogue, in which we, together with other Orthodox Churches, discussed the points that divide us, primarily, the role of the Bishop of Rome and the problem of Uniatism, but there are many other differences”,  His Holiness said.

Patriarch Kirill doesn’t believe that this dialogue can be smooth, saying, “We can’t quickly resolve problems that have divided the Christian East and West for over a millennium. Nevertheless, we need a thorough theological analysis of what happened, and, most importantly, we must examine our understanding of history, because very often our understanding of history is, in itself, a reason to maintain the division”. His Holiness expressed concern about developments in a number of Protestant communities, regarding liberalisation in the field of theology and Christian morality. Indeed, some Protestant communities have blessed same-sex “marriage” and the ordination of practising homosexuals to the clergy. At the same time, the Patriarch noted that most of the Christian confessions in the CIS and Eastern Europe, Orthodox, Catholics, and Protestant, “express commitment to the traditional understanding of Christian values. For example, Protestants in Russia and the Baltic States are closer to Orthodoxy than some of their brothers in faith in the West are, they don’t believe in liberalising their doctrine”.

18 November 2010

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=38296

Editor’s Note:

One should note that when His Holiness condemns “liberalism”, he also includes American “Conservatives” under that rubric, as gibbering poseurs such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin are Radical Neoliberals, not True Legitimatist Conservatives (Burke, Franco, Stolypin, and Bismarck would hurl at their crass money-worship and preening self-congratulation, that’s for sure). In addition, Russian Protestants have rejected American Sectarian attempts to contaminate them… they told the American interlopers that they have their own traditions, thank you very much. They’re going to stand up for prayer, sing the Our Father, and honour the Mother of God… and the American Sectarians with their sit-down prayers, “praise music”, and ill-disguised Mammon worship can go straight to Hell (bully for the Russian Proddies… they told the Americans “what for”).

In addition, His Holiness points up an important fact, the Real Church takes a balanced view on inter-Christian relations. It avoids both extremes… it doesn’t condemn contact with the heterodox out of hand, as the GOCs and rightwing konvertsy do, but it also condemns the ecumania of leftwing konvertsy, SVS/St Sergius in Paris, and New Skete. We believe in the traditional view… “Send us no letters on doctrine; send us letters of friendship only”. KMG is sending a message to the papists… the Boy Wonder is all wet, Zenit and AsiaNews are boobs for quoting him; we’re not going to accept the papist view of papal supremacy, nor are we going to accept the Uniates as “legit” bodies (they’re a dagger of the ultramontane faction in the Curia, pointed directly at our heart).

Roman Catholics and Orthodox should take their relationship to a new level. We should bring the “theological dialogue” to an end… we’ve reached a point where both sides have come to their “non-negotiable verities”… any further discussion would be circular and pointless (only a pseudo-intellectual would see any utility in it, a very good reason for rolling it up). This doesn’t mean that we retreat into our respective Emerald Cities and throw spitballs at one another. It means that we maintain friendly relations, knowing that the other is “other”, that they are what they are, and that they aren’t going to change any time soon (or any time later, for that matter). We should keep up communications, and share our earthly joys and sorrows… that’s only decent and right. If there are societal issues where we share common concern, we should stand together, anyone who condemns that is a raving nutter, and should be committed to a rubber room post-haste. However, the palaver of overpaid and overweening self-appointed “experts” should end… all it does is confuse the faithful and scandalise them.

Richard… Agent 99… Mark Shea… Julio… shall you open our gate and come into our house? Sit down and have a warm, you’re welcome guests (Richard! Will you get me the church key? I’ve obligations as a hostess…). However, “fences make for good neighbours”… wouldn’t you agree?

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The Authorities Should be Sceptical of the Seeming Thaw of the US State Department’s Position Annual Report on Religious Freedom in Russia According to Orthodox Expert Roman Silantyev

Filed under: politics,religious,Russian,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

His Holiness meeting with Cuban doctors and the Cuban Ambassador to Russia… Russia has its own policies and priorities, and it doesn’t matter what the US State Department thinks of it. There’s religious freedom in Russia for all legit faiths… if the JWs and Scientology have trouble registering, it’s because they’re cults, not real religions. A society has the right to defend itself against extremist nutters… full stop.

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Roman Silantyev, the director of the Human Rights Centre of the World Russian People’s Council (VRNS) and the Centre for Geography of Religions at the MP Synodal Department for Church and Society, thought that the authorities must be sceptical of the US State Department’s findings on the state of religious freedom in Russia. “In the current report, the US State Department seems to thaw in its position regarding Russia. Firstly, you have to ask yourself, “Is the State Department interested in strengthening Russia?” The answer to that is simple, “They’re not interested in doing that”, Roman Anatolyevich told Interfax-Religion on Thursday. Therefore, he went on to say, any positive assessment of the situation in Russia on the part of this organisation “should be a warning to the authorities, it should not gratify them. Due to its ideology, the US State Department of State does nothing but criticise our country’s affairs, it doesn’t disseminate the truth [about what goes on]. The better the situation in Russia is in actuality, the less positive will be the evaluation handed down by the American authorities”. Commenting on the State Department assertion that the followers of the Turkish Islamic scholar Said Nursi, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Scientologists had difficulties with the legal registry of their organisations, Mr Silantyev noted, “Allies of the State Department can hardly be allies of Russia”. The widely circulated annual US State Department report on religious freedom stated that the Russian authorities “generally respected the right to worship”, but take actions against certain religious minorities through legal restrictions on freedom of religion.

18 November 2010

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=38288

Editor’s Note:

Roman Anatolyevich expresses a common attitude amongst Russians. Most are exasperated with Western censoriousness and priggishness, and the general hypocrisy of the West’s nanny-like criticisms. In particular, the US Republican Party is a pack of lying two-faced swine. Russia does its best to keep its safety net intact, and, indeed, this year, launched a massive investment in its healthcare system. On the hand, the US Republicans are committed to ripping down the US safety net, and they loudly criticise any nation that refuses to do likewise. They are heartless and soulless worshippers of Mammon, and His Holiness was right in calling their beloved “Free Market” a fraud… the “invisible hand of the market” grips the throats of all the wage-earning people in the world… and it squeezes as hard as it can, and as fiercely as it can. Reflect on the fact that the rich in America haven’t suffered in the current depression (indeed, they have grown richer), and that they refuse to pay their fair share of taxes to relieve the suffering caused by their crisis.

At one time, Russians liked America… they liked it a lot. Today, the common wisdom says, “The communists lied to us about socialism, but they told us the truth about capitalism”. In fact, a new “Soviet Union” is being born on the post-Soviet space… it won’t be called the USSR, but it will follow its social vision, not the evil godless greediness of American Capitalism. In short, Russia has rejected everything that Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck stand for. The clerical gentleman who has a link to Rush Limbaugh should take it down, for KMG has condemned Mr Limbaugh’s position (on the so-called “Free Market”) as fraudulent. The Church DOES take a stand… against untrammelled Free Market Capitalism. If you advocate “deregulation”, “outsourcing”, “original intent”, or “downsizing”, you support a position that the Church finds evil, and it says such for good reason. If you support shredding the state safety net, you take a stance that His Holiness condemns… His Nibs has met cordially with Cuban doctors, not with American HMO executives.

Bully for Roman Anatolyevich… he’s telling the truth about American hegemonists… it’s why there’s terrorism against the USA. If the USA were to stop interfering in in the internal affairs of other places and if it were to take an even-handed position in the Middle East, terrorism would fade away to an irreducible minimum. It’s why I’ve come to despise konvertsy… they do nothing but criticise “ethnic Orthodox”… I won’t go into it now, for it deserves a post of its own, but anyone can see their ignorance and blindness… Metropolitan Philip was right to slap them down, and Bishop Michael Shaheen applauded him from heaven. Where is His Most Catholic Majesty Juan Carlos when he’s sorely needed? ¡¿Por qué no te callas?! Why don’t you just shut up!? That’s the ticket for loudmouthed Anglo-Saxons and their “criticisms”…

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