blame the Vatican

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Aug 31, 2005

The next time someone asks you to comment on the prospects of rapprochement between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox patriarchate of Moscow, think about this.

OK, so there's one historian ready to blame the Vatican for an 18th-century war between Russia and the Ottoman Empire. It takes all kinds. But the fact that sober Russians take this seriously-- that they are disposed to see their nation as engaged in a crusade for Christian honor, with the Vatican (not the Turks) as the bad guys-- tells us something about the depth of hostility to Rome.

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