Permition granted -- or not??
- [Yet, today's Interfax press release in Russian
states just the opposite-- that the Synod did not give any additional permition to run for office, but merely underscored their previous decision. .Which is it?]
[The title page shows the date of 5 October, but when you click on the link 08 February 2012 appears.]
08 February 2012
Russian Orthodox clergy allowed to run in secular
Moscow, October 5, Interfax - The governing body of the Russian
Orthodox Church has allowed clerics to run for elected office in government "in
the event of "ire ecclesiastical necessity."
"In the event of dire
ecclesiastical necessity, in exceptional situations where action is needed
against schismatic or non-Orthodox forces that are seeking to use elected office
for fighting the Orthodox Church, the Holy Synod or the Synod of a
self-governing Church will choose persons for participation in elections for
bodies of state authority," the Holy Synod said in a resolution in Moscow on
At the same time, a cleric will not be allowed to be a member
of any political party even if he runs on a party ticket, the resolution
"A hierarch, cleric, monk or layman who is performing duties of
obedience at a general ecclesiastical institution must in advance submit an
application to the Patriarch and the Holy Synod or the Synod of a self-governing
Church, explaining his reasons for seeking election to a legislative or
executive body and state which non-Orthodox or schismatic groups are planning to
use this body for action against the Orthodox Church," the document
An application for blessing for taking part in an election must be
filed before the period when election campaigning is allowed by law.
hierarchy will enjoy the right to revoke their blessing in the event that the
patriarch and Holy Synod or the Synod of a self-governing Church have decided
that a cleric is pursing impermissible activities in the position to which he
has been elected. In that case, the cleric who has been elected to a legislative
or executive body of authority would be duty-bound to resign from his elected
office," the resolution said.
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