Patriarch Kirill of Moscow commented in his sermon yesterday on the bombing of Russian forces in the cities of Ukraine as a “deterioration of the political situation in the Donbass”.
And this may not come as a surprise, as it is in the spirit of all the statements made by the Russian Primate since the beginning of the war, but at least they cause to wonder what he said in the same sermon, about the causes of the war.
In particular, in his sermon, the Patriarch of Moscow said that for eight years, efforts are being made to destroy what is in effect in Donbass.
“In the Donbass there is rejection, a fundamental rejection of the so-called values that are offered today by those who claim world power. Today there is such a test for the loyalty of this government, a kind of pass to that “happy” world, the world of excess consumption, the world of visible “freedom”. Do you know what this test is? The test is very simple and at the same time terrible – this is a gay parade”.
And Kirill continues: “The demands on many to hold a gay parade are a test of loyalty to that very powerful world; and we know that if people or countries reject these demands, then they do not enter into that world, they become strangers to it.”
From the beginning of the war that Russia started in Ukraine, Patriarch Kirill provoked with his attitude, that of not condemning the invasion and bombing of civilians.
It often even gave the impression that it “encouraged” the actions of Russian President Putin.
With the Sunday sermon, Patriarch Kirill seems to underestimate the intelligence of the faithful. Mostly the Russians, to whom it is addressed, but also the Metropolitans, Bishops and the clergy of the Russian Church in Ukraine, who see their country bombed and their spiritual father “informs” them that everything is done for the … gay parades.
No wonder more and more Bishops of the Church of Metropolitan Onufriy in Ukraine are calling for the suspension of the connection with the Moscow Patriarchate.
Those who know about ecclesiastical matters certainly did not expect a clear condemnation of the Russian invasion by the Patriarch of Moscow. After all, the congregation of ecclesiastical and political leadership in Moscow is well known.
This time, however, the Russian propaganda machine allegedly ran out of excuses and arguments that might stand in the way of what is happening in Ukraine.