Putin: Defender of Christians Worldwide

Vladimir Putin has urged the world’s political leaders to stop the violent persecutions against Christians that have erupted in many Middle Eastern countries.

LifeSiteNews reports:

Speaking at a meeting with Orthodox Christian leaders in Moscow last week, the Russian President said he noted “with alarm” that “in many of the world’s regions, especially in the Middle East and in North Africa inter-confessional tensions are mounting, and the rights of religious minorities are infringed, including Christians and Orthodox Christians.”

“This pressing problem should be a subject of close attention for the entire international community,” Putin said. “It is especially important today to make efforts to prevent intercultural and interreligious conflicts, which are fraught with the most serious upheavals.”

Putin praised the growth of cooperation between the Orthodox Churches and the Russian state, saying, “We act as genuine partners and colleagues to solve the most pressing domestic and international tasks, to implement joint initiatives for the benefit of our country and people.”

The Russian Federation recently passed legislation making it illegal to promote homosexuality as normal, a move that, while condemned by many European leaders, was strongly supported by the Orthodox Church.

Putin added Thursday that the Church was giving Russians a moral compass when so many were looking for help. “Today when people are once again searching for moral support, millions of our compatriots see it in religion,” he said. “They trust the wise, pastoral word of the Russian Orthodox Church.”

He added that it was the Church that was ultimately responsible for the development and rise of “culture and education” in Russia over the last 1,000 years. “The adoption of Christianity became a turning point in the fate of our fatherland, made it an inseparable part of the Christian civilization and helped it turn into one of the largest world powers,” Putin said.

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, said at the same meeting that the attempts to push Christians out of Syria would lead to a “civilization catastrophe.” Kirill and other Orthodox leaders have been critical of the lack of response to the crisis facing Christians in the Middle East by US and other Western leaders…

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An unlikely voice indeed…

 

11 thoughts on “Putin: Defender of Christians Worldwide

  1. Nothing out of the historical ordinary here. Sounds like a 19th century czar. Though sadly it is mostly political show, tied to power politics and influence. Czars didn’t do much when Turks were persecuting Armenians in the 1890s. We should never forget what the Russian state has done to the ROC since Ivan the Terrible and how the ROC has reacted so reliabliy pliantly over the centuries. Even Stalin used the ROC during WW II when he needed it. Putin uses it, too, when he needs it. If only the Patriarch would begin the slow difficult process of really untangling Church & State.

    • Amen Michael! Quite a show! And if ever there was a human sinful church, it would quite include the Russian Orthodox! But as I keep saying, the Church of Christ on earth, can itself be only sinful, and yet too Holy “alone” ‘In Christ’! Hmm, seems like I have heard this before in Luther’s “simul iustus et peccator”, a sinner inwardly, and yet righteous in the sight of God!

    • “Sounds like a 19th century czar.”

      Quite possibly — but he might also sound like the Emperor Constantine.

      • Thankfully the era of empires is over. Whether Byzantine, Holy Roman, or British.

        This part certainly is scary: “Putin praised the growth of cooperation between the Orthodox Churches and the Russian state, saying, ‘We act as genuine partners and colleagues to solve the most pressing domestic and international tasks, to implement joint initiatives for the benefit of our country and people.'”

        I suspect Stalin or Molotov could’ve said something eerily similar, esp. during the depths of the Nazi invastion. Though same for Holy Roman emperors with popes. And Turkish sultans with Islam. The State has pretty much everywhere and always sought to use religion for its own purposes. From the very first ancient empires. Sadly, the various religions find the blandishments hard to resist.

      • Russian “state” today seems more like an oligopolistic kleptocracy. Just like the mob, but more “respectable”. Putin more Lucky Luciano or John Gotti? Russia today comes across like the Sopranos. ;(

  2. With Cameron in the UK and Obama in the US promoting abortion, LGBT… xyz school curricula and ignoring the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Putin somehow doesn’t look all bad.

    • Sadly America, the Brits (note I’m a Brit living in the USA), and all the Free Nations appear to be loosing their hallowed places, with both their leadership and many of their people! What is GOD going to do with these once great nations? History seems to repeat itself, and show us many things! Have we turned the corner away from God, only to see God’s judgment?

      Lord have mercy!

  3. The Russian population is imploding due to contraception and abortion. The Russian orthodox endorse both.

  4. RIW, Your statement about “The Russian orthodox endorse both” is not accurate. You recently said I couldn’t find any pro-life statements from around the world of Orthodoxy and yet I had absolutely no trouble finding and posting a plethora of recent statements and links that refuted your erroneous assertion.

    What is happening in Russia are the same religious, cultural, social, and economic changes that have already happened in Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Spain, and Sweden, and which are happening in places like Ireland, Poland, Serbia, and Turkey,

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