8 August 2012
In this photo taken in 1992, a woman prays in a garden in Moscow. (photo: Richard Lord)
In the March 2005 issue of ONE, we featured a profile of the Russian Orthodox Church, which has undergone its fair share of turbulence throughout history:
Relations between the Russian Orthodox and Catholic churches are poor. The cause of much of this pain, the rebirth of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, is not just the Russian Orthodox Church’s opposition to Eastern Catholicism, but an even greater reluctance to let go of its patrimony, for Ukraine is rich in human and natural resources. A truly independent Ukraine will abandon Moscow for the West, fear Russian nationalists allied to the Orthodox Church.
While such fears may be justified, the Russian Orthodox Church has no other choice but to adapt – just as it has in the past. Gone are the days of Soviet-sanctioned persecution. But the pre-Bolshevik days, when the church enjoyed a state-sanctioned dominion over the land, are gone as well. Thus, today the Russian Orthodox Church faces a new challenge: finding its way in a religiously heterogeneous, market-driven Russia.
To learn more, read our profile of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Russian Orthodox Church has been in the headlines lately. In yesterday’s “Page One”, we highlighted a story about a Russian blogger facing criminal charges for inciting hatred towards the Russian Orthodox Church.
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