Union of Orthodox Citizens twits the Greek clergy of the Holy Land
05 May 2008, 15:13
The Union of Orthodox Citizens twits the Greek clergy of the Holy
Land with the failure to perform their missionary obligations
Moscow, May 5, Interfax - The Union of Orthodox Citizens thinks
unfounded accusations of Russians in "nationalism" and "aggressive
policy" in the Holy Land expressed by Jerusalem Patriarch Theofilus
III during his meeting with Russian media before Easter.
"The problem of failure to perform by the Greek clergy of their
missionary obligations to the Orthodox Arabs and Eastern Christian
unions correctly stated by the founder of the Russian spiritual
mission Porfiri Uspensky is still important," said the Head of the
Moscow department of the Union Kirill Frolov to Interfax-Religion.
According to Frolov, the answer to the statement by Theofilus III
that Bishop Porfiri allegedly brought "the poison of racism" to
Palestine may be "Physician, heal thyself".
Frolov believes that the words of Jerusalem Patriarch about allegedly
aggressive policy of Russia in the Middle East allow to make "a sad
conclusion" that Patriarch "prefers degraded, dependent, and inactive
but unclouded materially position of the Jerusalem Church under
unorthodox rule to much more complex and risky but vitally important
to all people of the Middle East Orthodox mission with an active
support of the Russian Orthodox state."
"It is evident that joint activity of all Orthodox churches will make
such testimony more efficient, but new "porfiri uspenskys" with their
mission, catechesis, and active position seem only to interfere with
"a quiet life" of our Greek brothers under unorthodox rule," says Frolov.
Frolov notes that such psychology "is also distinctive for may
Orthodox believers in Russia who are trying to discredit the Orthodox
missionary outreach from allegedly "Orthodox" standpoint."