Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Possibly the silliest article ever written by Interfax

In a country where we let Scientologists and Mormons run around, we're going to "repress" the OCA? How silly.

Moscow, February 12 (Interfax) - The United States authorities may resort to discriminatory measures toward the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) for its support of Russia's stance on the infringement of the rights of believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Sergey Gavrilov, the head of the Russian State Duma Committee on the Development of Civil Society, said on Tuesday.

"Speaking at the Patriarch's [Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia] jubilee ceremony several days ago, the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America declared support for Russia in the wake of the schism in Ukraine and the suppression of the rights of Ukrainian Orthodox Christians. And, as far as we know, after the delegation's return, the American authorities are preparing serious discriminatory measures in relation to American Orthodox Christians," Gavrilov said at a Duma meeting on Tuesday.

The Orthodox Church in America is an independent and "a purely American organization, which comprises over 100,000 active parishioners," he said.

While the U.S. formally proclaims that freedom of religion is inviolable, the U.S. authorities might be "preparing serious repressions against the Orthodox Church in America," Gavrilov said.


  1. Given how measured the MP is in its comments on Ukraine and the EP, I find this article astonishing. (Sarcasm)

    1. For the record, Gavrilov, as stated in the article, is a member of the lower house of the Russian parliament. He is not a representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.

  2. So "the head of the Russian State Duma Committee on the Development of Civil Society," a.k.a. NOT a representative of the Church, runs his mouth to make things seem worse than they are and, in doing so, tries to score some points for himself. What is surprising or interesting in this? This is what politicians do.

  3. Perhaps this article will assist re potential state pressure and the OCA: https://russian-faith.com/news/ny-churches-forced-pledge-special-protection-transgenders-and-homosexuals-n1994

  4. It is a blessing my Slaviphile brethren worry about the OCA and how we proceed. The pointed questions they ask indicate not only their concern for US here but reveal their lack of understanding of how we openly process such matters. Their lack of faith in our methods and resolution shows the cultural differences in handling these subjects. Their fears are ungrounded as we too have The True Faith that cannot be shaken by those with the small amount of civil power allowed by our Master. My concern is how you process such.