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Orthodox Christian Unity Broken by 'Russian World' Heresy (1 Viewer)

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3.15.22
Orthodox churches, clergy and congregants inside Russia and abroad are breaking with the Russian Orthodox Church and its patriarch over the war in Ukraine and the ideology of the “Russian world” that underpins it. On Sunday scholars and clergy at the orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University and the Volos Academy for Theological Studies published a scathing “Declaration on the ‘Russian World’ Teaching.” This ideology is, they write, “a false teaching which is attracting many in the Orthodox Church and has even been taken up by the Far Right and Catholic and Protestant fundamentalists.” The “Russian World” ideology has been cited by both Vladimir Putin and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill over the past two decades. It asserts, the theologians write, that “there is a transnational Russian sphere or civilization, called Holy Russia or Holy Rus’, which includes Russia, Ukraine and Belarus (and sometimes Moldova and Kazakhstan), as well as ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking people throughout the world.”

The ideology asserts that Moscow is the political center and Kyiv — the “mother of all the Rus” — is the spiritual center. Russian is the common language and the Russian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate is the common religion. In this 'world,' they write, the Patriarch “works in 'symphony' with a common president/national leader (Putin) to govern this Russian world, as well as upholding a common distinctive spirituality, morality, and culture.” The scholars accuse the Russian Orthodox Church of “ethno-phyletism” or “religious nationalism”— a practice outlawed by an Orthodox church council in 1872 as ecclesial heresy. The council ruled that the Orthodox Church must not be connected with the fate of a single nation or race. “Therefore,” they write, “we reject the “Russian world” heresy and the shameful actions of the Government of Russia in unleashing war against Ukraine which flows from this vile and indefensible teaching with the connivance of the Russian Orthodox Church. The letter was signed by more than fifty prominent theologians from all over the world.


The Russian Orthodox Church under Patriarch Kirill works hand-in-glove with the Vladimir Putin regime to keep the Russian population subjugated and brainwashed.

This church is strongly xenophobic and nationalistic, fiercely anti-LGBTQ, and it conspired with the Russian Duma to de-criminalize domestic abuse (2017).
 
According to Kiril this war is not about stopping Neo- Nazis, but about stopping gay parades.
 
According to Kiril this war is not about stopping Neo- Nazis, but about stopping gay parades.

Yes. That sounds exactly like Patriarch Kirill.
 
According to Kiril this war is not about stopping Neo- Nazis, but about stopping gay parades.
edit for you : According to KGB this war is not about stopping Neo- Nazis, but about stopping gay parades.

 

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