Patriarch Kirill can’t be intimidated by sanctions, says Russian Church rep

Moscow, May 5, 2022

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Patriarch Kirill comes from a family and Church that is well acquainted with suffering for its faith, and so he can’t be intimidated by the threat of sanctions, says Russian Church representative Vladimir Legoida.

The head of the Synodal Department for Relations Between the Church and Society and the Media earlier commented on the Lithuanian proposal to the EU to sanction the Patriarch.

And in light of reports that such a decision has reportedly already been made and will soon be announced, Legoida commented again:

My opinion remains unchanged: The more indiscriminate the sanctions become, the more they lose touch with common sense, the more distant the achievement of peace becomes, for which the Russian Orthodox Church prays with the blessing of His Holiness the Patriarch at every Liturgy. My words are confirmed by the assistance to all victims of the Ukrainian conflict.

I would also remind the authors of the sanction initiatives that Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia comes from a family whose members were subjected to repression for decades for their faith and moral position during the times of militant communist atheism. And none of them were afraid of imprisonment or even reprisals, so you have to be completely unfamiliar with the history of our Church in order to try to intimidate its clergy and faithful by entering them into some lists.

As OrthoChristian reported earlier this week, a bill has been submitted to the Ukrainian Parliament calling for sanctions against the Patriarch, as well as Metropolitans Hilarion (Alfeyev) and Tikhon (Shevkunov) and Archpriest Nikolai Balashov.

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Benjamin5/7/2022 2:33 am
The left when Arabs were being discriminated against, as a racial group, in 2001, following 9/11: "not all Muslims are radicals!!!1" The left (and conservatives) now that its Russians who're being persecuted, as a racial group, in 2022: enthusiastic support and/or SILENCE! It very telling. These people have absolutely no values whatsoever sans A FEW consistant ones like Bill Maher, to some extent. These people have some kind of weird treasonous mental disorder to where they'll always take the side of and idolize "the outsider" but never people who look like them. Edward Dutton calls these sorts of people "spiteful mutants"
Dionysius Redington5/7/2022 1:03 am
'... repression for decades for their faith and moral position during the times of militant communist atheism.' Indeed, a time when the antichrist with hammer and sickle oppressed the lands of Rus'. Having defeated a rival antichrist, he extended his rule to the Orthodox lands of Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, and almost to Greece. Let us thank God that his empire, like the rival Nazi one, has fallen! (A house divided cannot stand.) Let us pray that it never be restored! --Dionysius Redington
Susie5/6/2022 4:16 am
I am one of some American Orthodox who understand; GEO politics, tumultuous religious ramifications, financial secrets and the propaganda destruction being perpetrated on US countryman. The Orthodox in America are sheep being herded to their own demise. Yet, blinded by the moral decay surrounding from even within the Orthodox Faith. Orthodoxy is watered down to unacceptable comfort, satan is working overtime. Most don’t think or research for themselves. I read much, such as Armstrong Economics, Oliver Stone, Cl. Douglas McGregor…on and on. We became Stupid, ignorant and lazy. We sat on our laurels. For this we will pay a price.
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