Patriarch Kirill and Russian Orthodoxy Deserve Respect Not Insults: An Open Letter to George Weigel*

by Fr. Alexander F. C. Webster, James George Jatras, and Fr. Victor Potapov I. Introduction As longtime friendly colleagues in the pursuit of a faithful Christian public moral witness in America, we are profoundly saddened and shocked at your unfounded, insulting accusations against the moral integrity of the senior leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church since the Ukrainian crisis erupted in … [Read more...]

Met. Hilarion of Volokolamsk: Church and State in Russia

Met. Hilarion of Volokolamsk is the Chairman of the of the Department for External Church Relations Moscow Patriarchate. Key quote: "We remain strongly convinced that the secular nature of the state does not presuppose the ousting of the Church from the public space or her marginalization and placement in a “ghetto”. The Russian Orthodox Church is not only a social institution … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church Canonizes New Martyr Who Died at the Hands of the Nazis

- Source: Orthodox Cognate The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia has canonized Russian national Alexander Schmorell, a native of Orenburg, who was executed by the Nazi regime in 1943 for organizing an anti-fascist student group called the White Rose, the Church Bulletin publication reported. The ceremony to glorify St. Alexander of Munich, who was 25 yeas old when he died, ended in … [Read more...]

Patriarch Urges Russia’s Government To ‘Listen’ And ‘Correct The Course’

Much political and social analysis in America about the Russian Orthodox Church tends to view Russia through the lens of the Cold War. Russia remains an enemy to American interests and the Russian Orthodox Church is merely a vassal to the Russian State that sanctifies, as it were, state policies that are inimical to American ideals, including freedom of religion. It's a peculiar analysis that is … [Read more...]

ROC: Bin Laden Killing Reason to Step up Fight Against Terrorism, No Cause for Joy

Source: Interfax | May 3, 2011 The elimination of the 'number one terrorist' does not solve the terror problem, said Archpriest Georgy Roschin, deputy head of the Russian Orthodox Church Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations. "The Russian Orthodox Church will not welcome the jubilation that we have seen in some countries. Whoever is caught by death, be they the greatest evil or … [Read more...]