Yes, but none of this is a canonical basis for being or not being in
communion. I also watched the PBS program last night with interest &
considered how this would affect Church life. If we insist that
corruption within Russia is a reason for not being in communion then
we need to be honest with ourselves: Russians will rightly point out
that none of our countries is a model of virtue for them to follow.
Also on the straight question of corruption it was interesting to
notice the positive changes that had occured- such open questioning
& 'griping' about society by Russians (some with foreign reporters
in a public place) obviously would never have occured within the
Soviet Union. So socially it means that there is terrible corruption
with the ability to question and go against the grain. In terms of
potential for the Church in Russia I thought the program showed the
trials before the Church but precisely the need for Her prayers for
society and our prayers for the Church in Russia. Seperation does
not help in this situation.
In Christ- Fr Raphael Vereshack
--- In email@example.com, ourlittlecity@a... wrote:
> Reporters Without Borders ranks Russia as 148th in press freedom,
> Zimbabwe and Afghanistan.
> It is reported that Vladimir Putin, who does not hide his contempt
> democratic procedures is reverting Russia back to a one-party
state; you have to
> ask, which party? And that most citizens there fully expect a
return to the
> one-party system.
> It was reported that 78 percent of the Russian people polled in
> believe that Russia's new found liberty is only for appearance; if
this is true,
> you have to wonder whois the show being performed for?
> 90% of the people are ready to exchange any sembelance of freedom
> or "stability." Is it any wonder then that over half of the
> considers nonpayment of debts or shoplifting to be "fully
> You have to ask, is that evidence of a Religious revival?
> Rdr.john dunn
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