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Macron urges Russian Orthodox Church to resist Kremlin pressure on Ukraine

October 24, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: “We know well how the Orthodox religion today is being manipulated by those in power in Russia to justify their actions,” Macron said at a peace conference organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio. “Resistance is needed here.”

Macron made his remarks in the presence of Metropolitan Anthony, the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Oct. 24, 2022 2:44 PM ET USA

    Patriarch Kirill has spoken eloquently on numerous occasions about the serious spiritual reasons behind the Russian military actions in Ukraine. These reasons are morally and prudentially sound. The practical atheist Macron has no business lecturing the Orthodox Patriarch about what to believe and how to act. In lockstep with most U.S. Democrat Catholic politicians, Macron said in a 2016 interview: "when one enters the public realm, the laws of the Republic must prevail over religious law".