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Metropolitan Kirill's journalistic nemesis digs at him

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    Metropolitan Kirill s journalistic nemesis digs at him RRN - SYNOD APPOINTS BISHOPS, by Sergei Bychkov, Moskovskii komsomolets, 30 December 2002 On Thursday
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      Metropolitan Kirill's journalistic nemesis digs at him
      RRN - SYNOD APPOINTS BISHOPS, by Sergei Bychkov, Moskovskii komsomolets, 30 December 2002
      On Thursday the regular session of the Holy Synod of the Russian (MP) church came to an
      end.
      For the first time after his illness, His Holiness Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and
      all-Rus presided at it.
      As MK had predicted, the patriarch maintained full control over this church bureaucratic
      structure. Rumors to the effect that from now on a certain group within the Holy Synod
      would concentrate power in its hands turned out to be insubstantial.
      Vacant episcopal sees were filled with the patriarch's young nominees. Archimandrite Georgy
      Danilov, comptroller of the Saint Sergius Holy Trinity lavra, was appointed to Nizhny
      Novgorod diocese. Biship Feodosy Vasnev, a former vicar of the Nizhny Novgorod diocese, was
      appointed to Tambov. Because of the illness of Metropolitan Gedeon, Archbishop Isidor of
      Krasnodar will administer the Stavropol diocese temporarily.
      The stormy activity by Metropolitan Kirill Gundiaev that developed on the eve of the synod
      did not produce any results. He continues to beget bureaucratic structures. Two days before
      the session he contrived to create in the State Duma a public deputies commission, which,
      apparently out of ignorance, even the head of the National party, Gennady Raikov, joined.
      The commission was created within the alternative Interreligious Council of Russia, which
      the "tobacco metropolitan" conceived for counteracting the Interconfessional Council within
      the presidential administration. "The legislative process should proceed within a system of
      coordinates of traditional moral values," the "tobacco metropolitan" declared ambiguously
      and darkly.
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