Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Russian Orthodox Church must not serve political interests, says patriarch

Catholic World News - May 01, 2014

Commenting on unrest in Ukraine, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said that “the position our church has assumed-- and this position has remained unchanged for the past 25 years-- is that our church never yields to any political temptations and never serves anyone’s political interests.”

“It is our position of principle that the Church must remain above fighting,” Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow said in comments to ecclesial leaders on April 30. “It must preserve its peacekeeping potential, even when everyone thinks no peacekeeping potential exists anymore.”

“We must do the pastoral soul-caring work and reconcile people,” said the patriarch, according to the Interfax news agency. “But we must not in any case serve any of the political views, positions or concepts. In that case the Church, remaining above fighting, will be able to preserve its peacekeeping potential.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

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!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($27,707 to go):
$150,000.00 $122,292.96
18% 82%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

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!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - May. 01, 2014 9:04 PM ET USA

    Amen! Wise policy. In every war, the first casualty is Truth.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? 4 hours ago
The Complexity of Reforming Religious Communities December 17
Speaking Softly to Women Religious December 16
In showdown with American sisters, the Vatican blinked December 16
Policing, torture, reasons of State, and our Christian mistake December 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - 24 hours ago