The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, seven months ago blessed the “fratricidal” war, by his own definition, against Ukraine, and today, in his traditional Sunday sermon, he also blessed mobilization. Cyril declared that death in this war “washes away all sins” and is almost equivalent to the sacrifice of Christ.
The concept of Christian “sacrifice” in the mouth of the head is almost indistinguishable from the doctrine of “shahidism” in radical Islam – with the difference that the Orthodox pastor blesses to die and kill not “pagans of other faiths”, but “brothers” in the Orthodox faith. In the same Sunday sermon, Cyril, with no hesitation, declares that the church “prays” for a speedy end to the “fratricidal war.”
The Russian Orthodox Church takes an active part in the mobilization for the war. The clergy urge the mobilized not to be afraid of death, they promise them resurrection and heavenly bliss. This is a historical record of the fall of the Russian Orthodox Church, an open rejection of Christian values, which the traditionally servile Russian Church did not allow even in the most terrible years of the Stalinist terror.