Saturday, January 5, 2013

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow to bloggers: be civil

Moscow, January 3 (Interfax) - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said that the diversity of ideas inherent in church circles sometimes assumes absurd forms in the Internet environment.

"In the web space groups of church liberals and conservatives are appearing that are not looking for the truth, divine truth but a means of finding fault, stinging each other. This is a very sad tendency," he said at a diocesan assembly in Moscow ahead of New Year.

He said that divisions and feuds within the church "are evidence of infantility, childishness in faith which sometimes assumes ruffian forms."

"But if for the media format of contacts such phenomena are quite natural as they comply with modern ideas of the freedom of though, they are deeply alien to our centuries-old church tradition, as they are alien to the very spirit of Evangelical teaching," the Patriarch said.


  1. His Holiness is right. There is far too much harm done to the Church by self-proclaimed experts in Orthodoxy criticizing the leadership of the Church or fighting their private argumen ts on the internet. Much of what passes for news is mere gossip that does harm to the Church. We must all remember that we should all be concerned about our own salvation and let God take care of His Holy Church
    Fr. John W. Morris

  2. Its sad how the hurtful things people say and do once they are separated from personal contact.