Luxury wristwatch causes publicity headache for Moscow Patriarch
Catholic World News - April 06, 2012
The Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow has been caught in a public-relations gaffe, as a photo of Patriarch Kirill was clumsily doctored to remove evidence that he was wearing a very expensive wristwatch.
The patriarchate eventually admitted that the photo had been altered, apologized for the deception, and said that the $30,000 Breguet watch had been a gift to the Orthodox prelate. But meanwhile, to complicate matters, Patriarch Kirill had claimed that he had never worn the watch.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our February expenses ($6,804 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!
Posted by: hartwood01 -
Apr. 07, 2012 7:00 PM ET USA
Embarrassing for the Patriarch. I can't get over priests wearing "bling" in their secular dress and gold rings on both hands in their clerical dress. A shocking sight for me,being used to diocesan priests who did not decorate themselves. Who are they trying to impress? Not the poor,certainly.