Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

7 March 2017. Archimandrite Kirill Pavlov on Grace and Intellect

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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

4 December 2013. A Riposte to Western Charges of “War Against LGBT People in Russia”… RT Presentation Gives You “The Other Side of the Story”

00 Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. Pearl S Buck. The Truth is Exciting

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Only Divine Grace can change those who’re genuinely mistaken in their words and deeds. In other words, such activities can have only one benchmark… the love of neighbour. Without this indispensable condition, without a conscious experience of the spiritual life in the Church, even a noble and sincere desire to defend the faith and traditional values, which one can understand and support, doesn’t bring forth the desired good fruits. … I urge all people whose social activity has its roots in the Orthodox faith to be exemplars of fidelity to their beliefs, which is inseparable from respecting the dignity of all those about them, each of whom is created in the Image of God.

Vladimir Legoida

Chairman of the MP Synodal Information Department (SINFO)

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There’s been much shit flying in the air for some time about “sexual minorities” in Russia and how the government and Church persecute them. That’s a lie. Look at the RT video above… it’s a government-financed operation, it’s the government’s official POV. It ain’t what the activists say it is, is it? The Church’s view on how believers should act towards anything that they find “off” is found here. That isn’t what the activists say either, is it? HH said, “We respect all human choices, including those of sexual orientation“. There are NO synodal pronouncements or nomocanons of the Church excommunicating sexual minorities per se. What the konvertsy and rightwing émigrés quote are either theologumenae (non-doctrinal theological opinions) or they’re unsupported assertions of this-or-that faction. The Vlasovtsy and konvertsy position Russia as somehow being on “their side” on some issues. This documentary shows the complexity and varied shades of colour concerning such issues in Russia. It should disconcert them… but it won’t, their minds are set in concrete. They worship Almighty Mammon and not even Our Lord Christ Himself could rouse them, I’m afraid. The truth WILL set you free… but you’ve got to open your mind and see the world around you for what it is, and love it for what it is (for it’s God’s Creation), desiring not to “change” those about you (for they ARE in the Image of God). Remember what St Serafim said, “Save your own soul and thousands will be saved about you!” Now, that’s something that I can say “Amen” to!

THIS is what the Church and state really believe and follow… and it’s NOT what the rightwingers here in the USA say. You can follow HH, President Putin, Vladimir Legoida, and Vsevolod Chaplin or you can follow a bunch of ignorant yahoo bozos. It’s your choice. I’ve chosen… so should you…

BMD

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Vladimir Legoida: “The Actions of the Group ‘God’s Will’ Reduces the Treasure of the Christian Faith into a Contrived Theatrical-Political Production”

00 I Say So! 16.11.13

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Civic activity is developing in our society, so, many people are willing to defend their beliefs, up to the point of participating in public events. This is important evidence of a civil society developing, one that’s able to exercise initiative and not stay sunken in apathy. At the same time, in such activities, elements come forward that lack depth and breadth of knowledge; they lack the wish to serve others, but they seem able to present their POV in a most original way. Often, recent demonstrations resembled theatrical productions; the participants seem to play a role and not to defend a real-life belief. It doesn’t seem to matter to them what venue is the stage for their performances… it could just as easily be museums, public offices, and even church buildings. They become actors who convert the passers-by about them into unwilling spectators of a play to which they didn’t purchase a ticket.

This trend is understandable and explainable in terms of postmodernism, but it’s profoundly alien to Orthodox Tradition. In private life or in the public square, Orthodox people shouldn’t focus on anything other than the Truth of Christ. The sole purpose of Orthodox activities in society is to help others or to witness to the truth. Only Divine Grace can change those who’re genuinely mistaken in their words and deeds. In other words, such activities can have only one benchmark… the love of neighbour. Without this indispensable condition, without a conscious experience of the spiritual life in the Church, even a noble and sincere desire to defend the faith and traditional values, which one can understand and support, doesn’t bring forth the desired good fruits.

Unfortunately, one doesn’t find care for educating or rescuing one’s fellow citizens in the sensational actions of “God’s Will”. On the contrary, the way that they conduct themselves reduces the treasure of the Christian faith into a contrived theatrical-political production. I urge all people whose social activity has its roots in the Orthodox faith to be exemplars of fidelity to their beliefs, which is inseparable from respecting the dignity of all those about them, each of whom is created in the Image of God.

19 March 2013

Vladimir Legoida

Chairman of the MP Synodal Information Department (SINFO)

Pravmir.ru

http://www.pravmir.ru/vladimir-legojda-akcii-bozhej-voli-nizvodyat-veru-xristovu-do-scenariya-teatralno-politicheskoj-postanovki/

Editor’s Note:

Hear, hear! One of my correspondents at the Centre wrote:

Do you think that you’re uniquely bedevilled with overly-religious twits in America? Think again! We have many of the same problems. As you so correctly point up, the toddlers climb on their soap boxes, embarrassing themselves and Christ’s Church, too.  Here’s a link for you that tells the truth of the matter {that was the piece posted above: editor}.

Yet again, the Cabinet comes forward… and it proves that salvation in the Church isn’t “Me n’ Jayzuss”…  it’s a community thing. We’re all saved together or we’re not saved at all. That’s what Christ taught, it’s what I believe, and that’s that. I do daresay that more than one of you out there agrees with me…

BMD

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