View from a Rhino House: the church militant

In Russia this week, Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with the sort of gift that will have the Pope green with envy – a single-seater SU-35 jet fighter (for a Pope eager to deal with the issue of paedophile priests en-Mass, as it were, surely a simple remedy).

Kirill was presented with the jet after giving icons (blessed by himself) to workers at the aircraft factory, the Church said yesterday.

The Patriarch, revered by all for his unwavering support of the Blessed President, Vladimir Putin, made a speech to the workers on patriotism & the importance of protecting Russia. “In order for us to be able to live a sovereign (interesting use of the word) & Holy life, we must, if necessary, be able to defend our Homeland,” he told them.

The Russian Orthodox Church, under the inspired leadership of Patriach Kirill, is a steadfast supporter of Vlad’s drive to reunite the former Soviet Union; with the Church exerting considerable influence through its 165 million members in Russia & other slavic countries. It’s unwavering support of the drive to bring back the Ukraine into the fold is a clear example of this policy at work, although one is reminded of the famous quote from the Abbot of Citeaux at Béziers, “Kill them all, God will know his own.”

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kiev Patriarchate seceded from Moscow after Ukraine gained independence in 1991.

I wonder what ever happened to all that “peace & love” stuff that the carpenter’s boy used to bang-on about?

Nearer my God, to Thee.....

Nearer my God, to Thee…..

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