Fr. V. Chaplin: "small people" aim to upset Patriarch's emotional balance
Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin: "small people" aim
to upset Patriarch's emotional balance
Moscow, October 15, Interfax - Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the
head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations, believes there
are people who aim to upset Patriarch Kirill's emotional balance.
not name any names now. I think you don't even know them, they are very small
people, but they are concerned about their role in history and they obviously
plan to be in demand with the authorities, the West, or someone else sometime.
Their aim is to reduce the patriarch to a serious physical breakdown or a
psychological breakdown," the priest said in an interview with Snob magazine.
Father Vsevolod said the Patriarch uses his mystical and
religious feelings and is correctly reacting to "attempts to psychologically
The priest said the Patriarch's ill-wishers "do not
understand the psychology of religious people," although some of them "have "a
certain distorted form of religious feelings." Father Vsevolod reiterated that
the Patriarch's mind is cleared of all extraneous thought after a church
service. "You can write for 10 hours 'We will kill you, we will cut your head
off', but it doesn't affect him in any way," he said.
serves very emotionally. His service contradicts the Moscow tradition, the Athos
impartiality. This impartiality sometimes turns into an 'I don't care' attitude.
Kirill does things that were not accepted a mere five years ago. He reads secret
prayers out loud that were considered a holy secret by several generations of
the Moscow clergy. He gives a church service and all worldly things go away.
This is the reason why he can't be reduced to a state of rage and breakdown,"
the priest said.
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