18 October 2019, 15:22
Patriarch Kirill calls on Russians to support ROC on situation with division in global Orthodoxy
Moscow, October 18, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has called on Russians to unite to support the Russian Church amid the attempts made by external forces to weaken it through the division in global Orthodoxy.
We are getting requests to stand firm and continue this independent line to preserve the unity of universal Orthodoxy, and most importantly, to preserve the spiritual independence of the Russian Orthodox Church of all centers of global influence. Believe me, it's a very difficult task. The Church has no army, the Church does not have even enough physical resources to [...] create spiritual defense. For that reason, we are calling on all people to be with our Church," the patriarch said in his report at the World Russian People's Assembly in Moscow on Friday.
Russia's special value and vocation is to be a stronghold of Orthodox Christianity, to keep the Orthodox faith, traditions, culture, and Christian principles "in their undamaged form." "Maybe because of that, the movers and shakers of this world are now so up against the Russian Orthodox Church willing to separate from the Russian Church the Greek Orthodox world, to destroy the unity of the Orthodox Church?" the patriarch said.
"We now have certain information that everything that is happening in global Orthodoxy today is not an accident. It's not just a whim of a crazy religious figure. It's the implementation of a totally specific plan, which has two goals: firstly, to separate Russia from the Greek world and to separate the Greek world from Russia, because the ill-wishers, I cannot call these strategists anything else, see the Russian Church as some soft force that Russia uses to influence the world," he said.
The patriarch said he believes Russia's wish to share with the rest of the world "its spiritual riches" can be "criminal only in the consciousness of those who want the role played by Russia to grow weaker, and possibility even to be destroyed." "And what is now happening to the Russian Church, recognition or non-recognition of the Ukrainian schism, "is something that is not declared, but is the main goal of the forces behind the scenes, which started those schismatic tendencies," he said.
Patriarch Kirill called on the media to prove more coverage of this issue in prime time as one of the most important issues, not along with regular reports.
"The Russian Church should not disappear, get weaker or divide, it has no right to do that. It should stay united and stay spiritually strong, and it has to be with its people, but the people need to be with the Church, too, for that," the patriarch said.