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Leading Russian Orthodox official sees Russia as ‘only center of non-enslaved civilization’

February 26, 2015

Describing much of Europe as “Babylon,” the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Synodal Department for the Cooperation of Church and Society said that “Russia is the only center of non-[en]slaved civilization,” according to the Interfax news agency.

“Our patriotism is not chauvinism,” said Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin; rather, it consists in “understanding the importance of the unique Christian mission which, I believe, our people live for.”

Chaplin traced the decline of Europe from “Genoa and Venice money-lenders” to the Enlightenment, “then bourgeois structure of the society and state. Then revolution. Finally, we've got what we see in the West … At the best, it's Rome of the late period of decline.”

Western European nations, he added, “will lose their physical existence: they will just die out.”


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  • Posted by: - Feb. 27, 2015 10:42 AM ET USA

    There is a joint work entitled “WITHOUT ROOTS, The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam” by Joseph Ratzinger & Marcello Pera. “Without Roots.” iBooks. which is worth reading about this matter.

  • Posted by: Canonigo Regular - Feb. 27, 2015 6:59 AM ET USA

    From 1992 to 2011 years Russia suffered the single greatest decline in population of any country in the world during peacetime since the 14th century plagues. It has a net immigration gain each year, but it loses population because the death rate has been much higher than the birth rate. The average woman has 6-8 abortions. What's that about a unique Christian Mission, Father Vsevolod?

  • Posted by: garedawg - Feb. 26, 2015 10:32 AM ET USA

    So I guess the rampant alcoholism in Russia doesn't count against his vision of Holy Mother Russia's "Heaven on Earth".