A Patriarchal Call for War

Here is the link to Patriarch Kyrill’s sermon for the Sunday of Orthodoxy (here). The link is to the Google translation since, like his Cheesefare sermon, it is not available on the Patriarchate’s English site.

I won’t bother offering any analysis on the veiled anti-semitism of a comment like this:

To all those who “waver along with the fluctuation of power,” it must be said: but after all, our Church has gone through the trials of this very wavering and has survived, despite persecution and oppression. And today, starting from our own historical experience, we must say: we respect secular authorities, but we reserve the right to be free from interference by authorities in the internal life of the Church. We hope that this will be the case on Ukrainian soil, although today even the commemoration of the name of the Patriarch in the temple for some becomes impossible for fear for the sake of the Jews (John 19:38).

Instead, I would draw your attention to his Holiness’s final words:

Sorrow and sorrow will pass, but it is very important that this sorrow and sorrow does not weaken our inner spiritual strength. If we endure, then our Russian land will be preserved, which now includes Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and our Church, whose children live in different states almost all over the planet. And we believe that the Lord will be with us if we preserve the purity of the Orthodox faith, the guardians of which we especially remember on the first Sunday of Great Lent. Amen. whose children live in different states almost all over the planet. And we believe that the Lord will be with us if we preserve the purity of the Orthodox faith, the guardians of which we especially remember on the first Sunday of Great Lent. Amen. whose children live in different states almost all over the planet. And we believe that the Lord will be with us if we preserve the purity of the Orthodox faith, the guardians of which we especially remember on the first Sunday of Great Lent. Amen.

All I will say in response is that there is no contrition in these words for his public support for an unjust war; there is no sense of even the possibility that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is unjust. Much less does his Holiness reference the fact that Russia is targeting civilians or that war crimes are being committed. What we get instead is a call to arms to reunite–by violence if necessary–the nations that once composed the Soviet empire.

And like his Cheesefare sermon, it is hard not to hear this sermon as a call to arms. Kyrill is rallying the troops to launch a war against the West. Whether this comes to pass only God knows. But the call is there. We who live in the West are the enemy.

As I said several times before, Ukraine is the battlefield, but the war is against the West.

Hope you are well in these trying times.

In Christ,

Fr Gregory

 

In Christ,

 

Fr Gregory