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Permition granted -- or not??

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    [Yet, today s Interfax press release in Russian http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=48199 states just the opposite-- that the Synod did not give
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 5, 2012
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      [Yet, today's Interfax press release in Russian
      http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=48199
      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?]

      http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=dujour&div=157

      [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
      elections

      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
      Thursday.

      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
      said.

      "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
      said.

      An application for blessing for taking part in an election must be
      filed before the period when election campaigning is allowed by law.

      "The
      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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