One of the more tiresome memes found in Progressive circles is the supposed “corruption” that is rampant within the Russian Orthodox Church. For politcal liberals and neocons, the love that the Russian church feels for its native land is abhorent; indeed, all forms of patriotism is viewed with disdain. They prefer instead that the Russian government truckle before the American State Department and its sexual-liberationist worldview rather than repair to the dictates of the Church. (The fact that Vladimir Putin stopped the pillaging of Russian resources by rapcious Wall Street vulture capitalists during his first tenure didn’t set well with them either.) That the whims of the moment won’t last is immaterial, what is more important is that the family be destroyed.
Anyway, it’s not only tiresome, it’s mendacious. The Russian Orthodox Church is serious about engaging the culture and helping it wherever it can. Please take the time to read this latest essay from Byzantine, TX. This is just one example of the creativity that can be unleashed in human beings if they are truly seeking God.
H/T: Byzantine, TX
The Doctor Voino-Yasenecky Saint Luka Train
(MSNBC) – The Doctor Voino-Yasenecky Saint Luka train serves as a free, mobile consultative and diagnostic medical center that carries medics and medical equipment yearly from the main regional city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia to distant settlements of the Krasnoyarsk and Khakassia regions in Siberia where hospitals and clinics are scarce. The train, named after outstanding Russian surgeon Valentin Voino-Yasenecky, an orthodox bishop and a Gulag prisoner, also has a carriage that operates as a mobile Orthodox church.
MSNBC) – An Orthodox priest talks to a woman in front of the church carriage of the Doctor Voino-Yasenecky Saint Luka train, a free mobile consultative and diagnostic medical center, on April 27 at a railway station in Zaozyorny, 81 miles east of Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.
(MSNBC) – An Orthodox priest baptizes a family at the church aboard the Doctor Voino-Yasenecky Saint Luka train, a free and mobile medical center, at a railway station of the town of Zaozyorny, Russia on April 27. The train also has a carriage that operates as a mobile Orthodox church.
(MSNBC) – An Orthodox priest rings the bells on the church carriage of the Doctor Voino-Yasenecky Saint Luka train on April 27 during a stop in the Siberian town of Zaozyorny.