Saturday, May 26, 2007

Vladimir Putin: "The rebirth of church unity today is the most important condition for restoring the lost unity of the entire Russian world."

The Russian Orthodox re-unite.

For a sober assessment of what this might really mean, read here.


Anonymous said...

Needless to say, this is church-state relations at its worst. Nevertheless, could you imagine GW uttering those words
or even found uttering those words anywhere at all...

In Russia, coming off the heals of communism and atheism (as official declarations)and not 100 years after, there president says that the most important thing for national unity is church unity.

In America, under God, if GW said that the most important thing for national unity is church unity, he would be heavily criticized and further vilified.

this irony stinks. But it really emerges only because if GW did utter something like that,
he would mean it.


Anonymous said...

Of course their view of "Church" unity is a narrow one. While it's a noble cause to unify the Russian Orthodox tradition - they still have a long way to go before they can live up to their claim of universality.

It still behaves as a state or an ethnic church, rather than a catholic one.