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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Church Plays Down Metropolitan Panteleimon’s “Politicians in Hell” Sermon

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On Thursday, the MP played down a remark by Metropolitan Panteleimon Kutovoi of Krasnoyarsk and Achinsk, calling for lying politicians to be damned to hell, saying that he meant it as nothing more than spiritual guidance. Vladyki Panteleimon, the ruling bishop in Krasnoyarsk Krai in Siberia, made the remark during a pre-recorded television sermon broadcast this week in which he inveighed against deceptive politicians. The diocesan press office said that he didn’t direct his comments at any person in particular. Spokesman Andrei Skvortsov said, “Politicians [were] given as an example that’s understandable to ordinary people”. Skvortsov said that Metropolitan Panteleimon’s regular television slot, entitled A Word from the Metropolitan, was recorded a month or two in advance and had nothing to do with current political issues. Vladyki Panteleimon cited a common proverb asserting that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and applied it to politicians’ campaign promises, saying, “When [politicians] run in elections, what do they promise us? Then, what do we get? They will go to hell for their deception of the people. We believers must pray for them”. Metropolitan Panteleimon addressed a wide variety of religious questions, such as free will, confession, death, and angels, in short weekly addresses broadcast on a local television channel and posted on its website.

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Editor’s Note:

Panteleimon became a vicar bishop under Metropolitan Kirill Gundyaev of Smolensk and Kaliningrad (you’ve heard of him, haven’t you?) in 2000. Indeed, he served that diocese from 1986 to 2009. Thus, he’s one of Kirill’s mafia… and that means that these remarks might’ve been a slam at rightwing slimers like Prokhorov. Trust me; Panteleimon’s not a nutter like Diomid Dzyuban. Could you imagine the uproar if someone here made analogous remarks? Why, Potapov, Gan, Lyonyo, Jillions, Tosi, and Lebedeff would go into full “spin” mode! They’d be deer in the headlights, shocked that anyone (let alone a bishop) would make such… impolitic… remarks. Why, that would piss off their politician cronies… and we couldn’t have that, could we?

I’d love to see the like here…




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