Skip to comments.Putin to Discuss Interests of Christian Orthodox Communities in Different Countries
Posted on 07/24/2013 10:59:53 AM PDT by marshmallow
Moscow, July 24, Interfax - President Vladimir Putin on July 25 will meet Patriarch Kirill and representatives of local Orthodox Churches who arrived in Moscow for the celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus.
The Kremlin press service reported on Wednesday that the format of the meeting is very unique.
"For the first time the Grand Kremlin Palace will bring together the heads and senior clergymen of all 15 existing Christian Orthodox Churches uniting over 227 million believers - the Church of Jerusalem, Church of Antioch, Church of Ellada, Church of Cyprus, Church of Alexandria, the Georgian Orthodox Church, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the Russian Orthodox Church, the Romanian Orthodox Church, the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Albanian Orthodox Church, the Polish Orthodox Church, the Church of Constantinople, the Orthodox Church of Czech Lands and Slovakia and also the Orthodox Church in America," the press release says.
The conversation is expected to focus not only on issues of creed but also on pressing international matters affecting the interests of Christian Orthodox communities in different countries of the world.
A noteworthy absence of Rome.
Putin, building support for the advancement of the Russian Nation.
I wonder if Putin wears some protection from Holy Water: direct contact with his skin could be fatal.
Perhaps Vlad will embrace Orthodox Christianity. Certainly anything is possible—God can save the worst of sinners.
Putin obviously is aware that sodomy is detrimental to society—seems that even the Russian parliament knows that.
The tide is turning against Western civilization, as it descends into immorality.
Russian Christianity? Is it like dry water or honest politician? The motley mix of superstitions and politics that they call “Christianity” has nothing to do with Christ, rather opposite. It is very unfortunate that members of Canonical Churches are maintaining contact with that parody - the disease can be contagious.
In for a penny... That is, were Putin to invite others, it would not just be a boost for Russia, but it would be such a huge Orthodox Christian ecumenical event that it would be one for the history books.
Moscow, in particular, would be elevated into a unified Orthodox Christian capital, with the Russian church a perpetual host.
It’s hard to describe the value of doing something so novel and ground breaking. Putin, for one, would be ranked with the greatest of Christian monarchs.
Is that the idea?
I appreciate your conviction, but have to disagree. Russian Church had started from lies, theft and bribery, and diligently carried on this tradition to modern days. Multitude of Saints that happen to be Russian, along with many true Believers, do not compensate for the Church corruption.
This is a celebration of the baptism of the Kievan Rus who were pagans. No doubt you prefer pagans to Christians who don't have churches that look like yours and pray exactly like you. Quite a few of those going to the celebration dislike Putin immensly.
Where did I say anything about Eastern Orthodoxy as whole? My dear friend, before spewing accusations, it is wise to read the source. FYI: I am Orthodox.
Oh boy, you are not giving me too many choices: either anti-Russian or anti-Orthodox. How about anti-Russian-Pseudo-Orthodox? I am an Orthodox and I have researched the subject, so I can say with confidence: Russian Church is a political organization, some consider it to be an integral branch of oppressive government.
That’s a pretty good way of putting it. Both the governments of Europe and North America have pretty well moved away from honoring or even respecting Christianity, so Russia could move into the vacuum, culturally positioning itself as a “defender of the faith” against those who would disparage it.
As a ‘passive’ move, requiring few resources, it could prove very advantageous to Russia in the future. Likewise, it could be very beneficial to Rome, currently surrounded by a hateful Europe, to have a powerful spiritual ally in Moscow.
Worth a try, seems like. But what do I know? Putin seems Machiavellian enough to do it.
I read once where Putin's mother was a serious Christian. Who knows if that was true.
My husband and I visited Russia in 2008. I wanted to see Russia but I would only go to St. Petersburg. I didn't want to see anything else, not even Moscow. Very weird wearing sunglasses at night.
It was summer so it was daylight almost all day.
Anyway, our conclusion was that Russia was certainly up and coming, compared to 1972, for example (when my MOTHER went there) but Russia still has a LONG, LONG, L-O-N-G way to go to catch up to the West.
Did I say LONG way to go? Yes LONG!
IMHO that is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin's job.
I don't think we are any better, nicer or smarter than we were 2000 years ago. We are healthier; we live longer; we are much better educated and more educated...but better? Nicer? Smarter? No, not even. We aren't descending because we really didn't ascend. We are just people, weak, fragile, hopeful and sometimes HOPELESS.
I also don't thing that our Western civilization is descending into immorality. We are as moral or immoral as people always have been, are and will be. We don't change as humans but there are lots more of us.
I once read that in 1800 we reached the 1 billion mark. Now we are 6 billion on planet earth. We aren't any worse but we sure are MORE.
Just my opinion.
HARD TO BELIEVE, even harder to swallow, but so true. That is DOWNRIGHT scary!
There have been peaks and valleys in our public morality, I agree. But the morality of America has declined in the few years I have been on this earth.
Forced celebration of sodomy, the welfare state, and the willing ignorance of the threat of terrorism, and disintegration of the family, on demand abortion....all of this has grown by leaps and bounds.
I think this is true—and the eastern world has started to grow in its Christian world view. The church in China is growing much faster than in America. God’s spirit is being received by more people in Asia, and that is a good thing.
I’m not so sure. Remember that for that vast majority of its time, Christianity existed and flourished under monarchs. To a great extent, the vast majority of Russian history is integrated with Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
It might even be suggested that Christianity has done less well under republican democracies, because democracy, not religious faith, has been the driving force of modern history.
So what might Putin get out of the deal? Not much, personally. But Russia and its people could profit enormously from religious revival. Right now, they are in decline because they lack spiritual purpose. Secularism has been devastating and demoralizing to them.
So, in making Moscow a Christian capital, maybe Putin could provide his people a reason to live.
Certainly is, that's why I posted it.
I doubt stories such as this show up in the Russian Military these days. No, you have to come to American to hear this level of idiocy: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/07/24/Military-Censors-Christian-Chaplain-Atheists-Call-for-Punishment