Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Russian Orthodox Church Reconsiders Ban on Priests in Politics?

In a meeting with the press yesterday Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk stated that the Russian Orthodox Church was reconsidering its position on the involvement of clergy in politics, specifically its ban on priests standing for election. The issue has been raised, despite the opposition of most of the hierarchy, because of the involvement of clergy from schismatic churches in politics. (Although not from canonical Orthodox Churches, their involvement ends up impacting the public image of the Church of Rus' in the country.) Metropolitan Hilarion also answered questions about the state of the Church under Patriarch Kirill (Gundyayev) of Moscow and the process of the glorification of individual New Martyrs and Confessors of the Soviet Yoke at the press conference. More here.

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