According to Burdin, authorities said: You have such a wonderful church, but you are betraying your motherland.. Nicholas Sooy is a doctoral candidate in the philosophy department at Fordham University.

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+: 966126511999 Since the end of Soviet atheist rule, religion has made a comeback and more than 70 percent of Russians now identify as Orthodox, though considerably fewer are regular churchgoers.

A third priest, based in Russia, requested anonymity. No nonviolent call for peace and an end to war should be forcibly suppressed and regarded as a violation of the law, for this is the divine commandment: Blessed are the peacemakers.. Priest Andrey German ["GalleryID"]=> However, he later appeared ambivalent about doing so, saying, If I want to be in jail tomorrow, thats a great option. Around the same time, he said, he began receiving threatening calls from hidden numbers branding him a traitor. The Washington Times Archpriest Sergiy Dmitriev We have entered into a struggle that has not a physical, but a metaphysical significance, the patriarch said. Priest Oleg Usenkov A group of 233 priests and deacons of the Russian Orthodox Church has launched a strong appeal to all those who can bring an end to the war in Ukraine. Dr. Ioan Sauca, an Eastern Orthodox priest and the acting general secretary of the World Council of Churches, issued an appeal to Patriarch Kirill to actively oppose the war. Archpriest Stefan Vaneyan string(11) "Image_1.gif" After reassuring my friend that I would help him, I lay awake for the next three hours, my mind racing. Others who signed the letter, in Russia and abroad, were reluctant to give further statements when contacted by Al Jazeera. One of the groups that my organization, the Orthodox Peace Fellowship, has partnered with is Ethos, which is running a project called God Against War. This is a remarkable group of clergy and Christians who are devoted to peace. Archpriest Sergey Titkov ["Detail"]=> Father Kovalenko and others have told me about how focused the world is on Russia right now that Ukrainian voices are being drowned out. In the appeal, the soldiers who are fighting the war are remembered and hopes are expressed "for all of them, both Russians and Ukrainians, to return unharmed to their homes and families. Archpriest George Ioffe Kirill is widely seen as having endorsed the war and laid the spiritual groundwork to justify it, suggesting in a recent homily the invasion is part of a larger metaphysical conflict between Russia and Western nations whose agenda is to promote, the prelate said, gay parades..

Before the conversation de-escalated, police officers suggested charges against Burdin could be criminal under a new statute passed in March making it illegal to spread false information about the Russian military. , / Priest Alexy Dikarev Among the other initial signers is Archpriest Evgeny Goryachev, who identified himself as a veteran of the [Soviet Unions] Afghan war., The letter contained a stark warning to Russias political and military leaders: The Last Judgment awaits every person. [created_time] => 2022-06-27 12:46:07 During his address, Putin paraphrased the Bible to laud Russias troops, saying, There is no greater love than giving up ones soul for ones friends., I dont know what was more illiteracy or blasphemy in the speech of the President, who tried with the Gospel words there is no greater love, as if someone gave his life for his friends to justify the bloody madness that the whole world has been watching for the second month already, Burdin wrote, according to an automated translation. Archpriest John Gate father Dimitry Vinitsky Priest Fyodor Kosolapov I dont consider it possible to remain silent on this situation, he said in an interview, speaking through an interpreter. . here for reprint permission. Archpriest Andrey Kuzma This ideology originated in the church and then was weaponised by the Kremlin., Al Jazeera Centre for Public Liberties & Human Rights. Priest Vasily Bush The priest said signatories of the letter have come under pressure from ecclesiastical authorities and state bodies. . Ethos and those behind it are an incredible example and witness during this very dark time. . Archpriest Vitaly Fonkin

Disappointed, Moscow then cut its ties with the Istanbul-based Eastern Orthodox Church, which backed the independence of the Ukrainian clergy. It is impossible to remain silent at such a moment when a bloody fratricidal special operation is unleashed, he said. Archpriest Mikhail Fast Deacon Alexey Perunovsky Together with his wife, Oshadhi Sooy, he directs theOrthodox Peace Fellowshipin North America and edits its journal,In Communion. ["ImageName"]=> Priest Sergiy Voinkov Burdin also gave RNS permission to edit his responses for clarity. Even so, a vocal group of dissenting Russian Orthodox priests in Ukraine and elsewhere have stopped commemorating Kirills name during their worship services. priest John Leontiev Priest Alexander Nasibulin Priest Anthony Lynov The appeal came following the Sunday of the Last Judgement and in the week before Forgiveness Sunday (the two Sundays preceding Great Lent in the Eastern calendar). And as the war continues, more figures of the Russian Orthodox Church are becoming frustrated with Patriarch Kirill, signalling a deepening split. Deacon Andrey Georgievich Morozov No earthly authority, no doctors, no guards will protect you from this trial.

The Amsterdam church received a solemn visit from a senior Russian archbishop and then threats; the pro-war Z symbol was painted on the Amsterdam churchs gates. Around the same time, Burdin delivered a short address during a worship service on Forgiveness Sunday decrying Russias actions. Archpriest Mikhail Ilyin . Deacon Valerian Dunin-Barkovsky It is a testament to the power of faith and the strength of the human spirit that against all odds there are still clergy and other Christians inside Russia and Ukraine speaking out for peace. Today, the real schism seems to be between the Russian Orthodox Church and its [remaining] branch in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, said Bremer.

Every mother gives birth to a son in the hope of having grandchildren in old age. In a recent post, Burdin appeared to decry a speech delivered by Putin at a March 18 rally in support of the war. [0]=> Archpriest Andrey Lvov Together with his wife, Oshadhi Sooy, he directs the. Priest Alexander Lebedich Today we cannot speak like this.. The head of the Catholic church warned the Russian patriarch against hiding behind religion to justify armed aggression and conquest. hieromonk Cyprian (Countrymen) string(1) "1"

Priest Alexander Vostrodymov. Archpriest Dionysius Kuznetsov Archpriest Evgeny Goryachev (veteran of the Afghan War) Father Kovalenko has told me that they need more funds to produce more articles and to flesh out their translation work. Russian priest speaks out against war in Ukraine despite threats, Heres how the electric vehicle revolution is going, Extreme heat prompts alerts in 28 states as Texas, Oklahoma hit 115, Here's what could happen if Biden declares a climate emergency, laid the spiritual groundwork to justify it. Archpriest Vladimir Zelinsky priest Eugene frost object(stdClass)#1106 (3) { , , " " ( , , They have described the situation as "fratricidal" and called for reconciliation and an immediate cease-fire. It wasnt about politics, he added. The President will not go to a monastery. Archpriest Andrey Lobashinsky Priest Sergiy Dyrman, Priests and deacons of the Russian Orthodox Church who wish to subscribe to the letter can write torussianpriestsforpeace@gmail.com, Virtue Online the Voice for Global Orthodox Anglicanism. The priest said the letter triggered debate online, although his local superior initially respected his right to his own opinion. After ensuring her safety, he turned around and drove straight back to Kyiv. Reconciliation, forgiveness, dialogue, and the full awareness that there can be no room for violence are underscored in an appeal for peace by a group of 233 clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church, who also expressed hopes that all soldiers, Russian and Ukrainian, can return home unharmed. They write: "We mourn the ordeal to which our brothers and sisters in Ukraine were undeservedly subjected". And we, Russians, will have to answer for this and compensate for all the destruction, he said. [content_id] => 6190 }, - , " " 5 , , : , " " , 2022 " " . In initial statements made soon after his encounter with police, he said he intended to continue speaking out from his pulpit. The life of every person is a priceless and unique gift of God, and therefore we wish the return of all soldiers both Russian and Ukrainian to their homes and families safe and sound, the letter adds. Abbot Varlaam (Borin) Abbot Anthony (Loginov) Archpriest Dimitry Sobolewski He expressed his view that behind the war in Ukraine there is a spiritual difference between the West and the Orthodox world, and it is obvious that for him, the latter is the better, Thomas Bremer, who teaches Eastern Churches Studies at the University of Mnster in Germany, told Al Jazeera. At the same time that Ive been working with priests in Russia who want to support peace, Ive been corresponding with peace activists inside Ukraine, including clergy. Patriarch Kirill, the Russian Orthodox patriarch of Moscow and Russia, who has been close to Mr. Putin, did not sign the letter. Archpriest Vladimir Drobyshevsky It was about the Bible. We dont have to repeat mistakes of those Christians who supported the German government when they invaded Poland many years ago, he said in an apparent reference to the beginning of World War II when Russia also invaded Poland. Let yourself and all of us enter Lent in the spirit of faith, hope and love. deacon Pimen Trofimov

Thats slightly more than the fine of 30,000 rubles (about $380) reportedly levied against Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova for publishing a video calling on Russians to protest the war. Archpriest Mikhail Evgenievich Klochkov It is not just about the churchs complete submission to the political authorities, he told Al Jazeera. Many of these priests are in dire financial straits now. string(15) "http://grc.net/"

Recalling that each person's life is a unique and priceless gift from God, the priests and deacons stress that the Last Judgement awaits all. 28-Jun-2022 The invitation to dialogue is underscored, because "only the ability to listen to the other can give hope of a way out of the abyss into which our countries have been thrown in so few days". Can they get a release from their bishop, or is their priestly career over? priest Alexey Cosoleto So according to him, the war is not about political aims or influence, but about spiritual, or, as he put it, metaphysical aims. kovalenko george vladimir metropolitan archpriest stable serious health ( Russia had outlawed the seventh beatitude, which blessed the peacemakers. It has become illegal to refer to the ongoing invasion as a war; rather, the Kremlin approved special military operation euphemism must be used. +:966126531375 For a Russian Orthodox priest like me, its like civil war.. Priest John Terauds The Russian-languagedocumentis posted online at Alphabets Google Docs service for signatures by a group using the name Russian Priests for Peace. Nothing else was immediately available about the activist group. hieromonk Hilarion Hiding behind sunglasses, Biden lies again, Democrats always know corporate media will help them. Burdin said his first public pushback to Russias invasion came in an open letter he published online Feb. 25, after the war began. Archpriest Igor Tarasov Archpriest Sergiy Storozhev Priest Dmitry Ushakov A Russian Orthodox church in Amsterdam split from the Moscow Patriarchate in protest, joining their rivals in Istanbul instead. [content_title] =>

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We are bitterly thinking about the abyss that our children and grandchildren in Russia and Ukraine will have to overcome in order to start being friends with each other again, respect and love each other.

These priests all want to find somewhere safe to live so that they can resume their advocacy for peace. The police contacted him directly an hour later, demanding he visit the station and provide an explanation. His superior asked him to keep silent, he said, and hinted the priest could be banned from ministry because of his actions. priest Anthony Serafimovich } , : , , , , , , , monk Laurel (Solomon) If they stayed silent then perhaps prison could be avoided, but they have told me such is not possible. string(11) "Image_1.gif" Protodeacon Igor Panachev More than 280 Russian Orthodox priests from different parts of the world including Burdin, in Russia also signed an open letter in early March calling for the cessation of the fratricidal war against Ukraine. Copyright 2022 The Washington Times, LLC. Archpriest Vasily Petrov string(16) "https://grc.net/" From one of them, his boss, the ruling bishop, demanded to withdraw his signature under the threat of removal from office.. Archpriest Alexander Shabanov Deacon John Myzdrikov With the wish to start Lent in a spirit of faith, hope and love, the message concludes by reiterating that "no non-violent appeal for peace and an end to war should be rejected by force and considered as a violation of the law, because this is the divine commandment: Blessed are the peacemakers". Roughly two hours later, he got a phone call from one of his parishioners saying the police had been asking congregants about his homily. We mourn the ordeal to which our brothers and sisters in Ukraine were unfairly subjected. Caring for the salvation of every person who considers himself a child of the Russian Orthodox Church, we do not want him to appear at this court bearing the heavy burden of maternal curses. Arrest and imprisonment was a real possibility, a frightening prospect given the many accusations of torture inside Russias prisons. . ["GalleryID"]=> (Ovsyannikova made the video shortly before she staged an antiwar demonstration on live television, an act for which she was arrested and is now facing separate charges.). Deacon Oleg Karlashchuk

One morning a few weeks ago, I was awoken at 4:00 a.m. with an urgent message from a priest in Russia: their anti-war activities had put them on the radar of Center E, a secret police inside Russia which investigates religious extremism and terrorism. On March 16, Pope Francis held a video meeting with Patriarch Kirill, the 75-year-old leader of the Russian Orthodox Church and a longtime ally of President Vladimir Putin. here for reprint permission. (AFP or licensors).

Woe to every person who realizes that these words are addressed to him personally. One clergyman in central Russia was reportedly fined $330 for using the word war in an article on his churchs website. Priest Dionysius Gabbasov Archpriest Alexy Shishkov Archpriest Oleg Shulgin Millions have been displaced. Thus, he gives the official Russian point of view a theological underpinning.. Abbot Arseniy (Sokolov), representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of Antioch and the Whole East [0]=> Abbot Nikodim (Balyasnikov) Yet Burdin framed his actions as a requirement of his Christian faith. Please, raise up your voice and speak on behalf of the suffering brothers and sisters, most of whom are also faithful members of our Orthodox Church.. } The church also tried to influence the Kremlin. Besides, several have lost their livelihoods after being removed from active priestly service by the Church. They find themselves staring down imprisonment and torture for themselves, destitution for their family, and persecution by the Church. There is a Russian proverb: If you are afraid of wolves, do not go into the forest, Burdin said. The duty of all Christians is not to support the power in this aggressive war, Burdin said in an interview. Ioann Burdin, rector of Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Church in the Russian village of Nikolskoye, offered a simple explanation for why he spoke out last month against his countrys invasion of Ukraine. Your job is not to change, but to testify, he wrote. , , Each new priest I meet I tell that I will do everything I can personally for them and that they are not alone. In anticipation of the Forgiven Sunday, we remind you that the gates of paradise are opened to anyone, even a person who has sinned heavily, if he asks for forgiveness from those whom he humiliated, insulted, despised, or from those who were killed by his hands or by his order. Previously, Kirill said evil forces are opposed to the reunification of what he called Russian land, comprising Russia and Ukraine and Belarus and other tribes and peoples, according to a Religion News Service report. deacon Dmitry Korostelev Observers say President Putin, an Orthodox Christian, views the church as a symbol of Russian nationhood. Facing severe repression, Russians are turning to antiwar graffiti. We are sending this appeal after the Sunday of the Last Judgment and on the eve of Forgiveness Sunday. Archpriest Constantine Momotov We respect God-given human freedom, and we believe that the people of Ukraine should make their choice independently, not at gunpoint, without pressure from the West or the East. ["GalleryID"]=> Hieromonk Jacob (Vorontsov) ON JOSIAH TRENHAM: WHY THE DEAFENING SILENCE FROM METROPOLITAN JOSEPH? Archpriest Pavel Kivovich [introtext] => ::cck::6083::/cck:: array(1) { Theres no need to interrupt this natural life with bullets or shrapnel.. There is no other way but forgiveness and mutual reconciliation. We wish all of our brothers and sisters around the world a most blessed and spiritual Holy Week. Nonetheless, our partners in Ukraine have continued to speak out through it all, publishing articles like Bucha: Where was God? as well as an appeal to have Patriarch Kirill tried by an ecclesial tribunal. [created] => 2022-06-28 11:33:27 . 2134 21451 One morning a few weeks ago, I was awoken at 4:00 a.m. with an urgent message from a priest in Russia: their anti-war activities had put them on the radar of Center E, a secret police inside Russia which investigates religious extremism and terrorism. Priest Alexander Novikov deacon Alexander Pushkarev At least 272 clerics in the Russian Orthodox Church the faith often aligned with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin have signed an online letter calling for an immediate end of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the withdrawal of all troops and weapons. What is striking, however, is the approving chorus on the part of the priesthood and some of the laity that followed this performance., In another post from late March, the priest suggested it was unlikely his words would change much, saying, The soldier will not lay down his machine gun. Deacon Oleg Ageenko Priest Alexy Antonovsky Support Ukrainian Voices for Peace and/or Russian Voices for Peace. Father George Kovalenko, a priest who leads this effort, is a brave and clear-eyed man who has decided to stay in Kyiv through every bombardment. }. Arrest and imprisonment was a real possibility, a frightening prospect given the many, At the same time that Ive been working with priests in Russia who want to support peace, Ive been corresponding with peace activists inside Ukraine, including clergy.

The Kremlin has embraced traditional values as an ideology, passing laws against the propaganda of same-sex relationships. I considered it my pastoral duty to sign this appeal. object(stdClass)#1081 (3) { [0]=> Priest Roman Savchuk I waited until 7:00 to make calls. [category_id] => 4558 Priest Artemiy Morozov string(11) "Image_1.gif" The Constitution is not racist & other Democrat myths, -

Priest Vadim Karpenko This is a catastrophe and a crime of enormous proportions. Burdins next steps appear to be in flux. Priest Alexander Zanemonets [images] => {"image_intro":"images/sager1.jpg","float_intro":"","image_intro_alt":"","image_intro_caption":"","image_fulltext":"","float_fulltext":"","image_fulltext_alt":"","image_fulltext_caption":""} hieromonk IBAS, instead (of Senchukov) Let us remember that the blood of Christ, shed by the Saviour for the life of the world, will be received in the sacrament of Communion by those who give murderous orders, not for life, but for eternal torment". libertyville commemorated bulgakov mikhail literature russian desk margarita ukraine except patriarchate