Yet More Corruption from the Russian Orthodox Church

President Putin venerates the Stone of the Anointing

President Putin venerates the Stone of the Anointing

What is it with these guys? Didn’t they get the memo from the State Department that Christianity is uncool?

President Putin Venerates Shrines in Jerusalem and Bethlehem

Source: Pravmir

During the night of June 26, 2012, while on a working visit to Israel, President Vladimir Putin visited the Church of the Lord’s Sepulchre. At the church entrance, the head of the Russian State was welcomed by His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine, together with members of the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre. Among the welcoming party were also Archbishop Mark of Yegoryevsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s office for institutions abroad, Archimandrite Isidore (Minaev), head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, as well as his deputy, Hegumen Feofan (Lukyanov) and secretary of the Mission, Hieromonk Anthony (Gutnik).

Entering the church, Vladimir Putin kneeled at the Stone of the Anointing. It was at this place that Righteous Joseph and Nicodim laid the lifeless body of Jesus after taking Him down from the Cross and anointed Him with incense and wrapped Him in the Shroud.

After that the president was taken to the Kuvuklia, the chapel erected at the place of the three days-long burial of the Saviour.

Then Mr. Putin ascended Golgotha, the place where the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was crucified and after that descended to the cave in which St. Helen Equal-to-the-Apostles found Christ’s Life-Giving Cross.

President Putin presented Patriarch Theophilos with an icon of the Saviour.

In the morning of June 26, Mr. Putin came to the Church of the Nativity of Christ in Bethlehem, a Byzantine basilica with the 5th century mosaics built over the cave in which Jesus Christ was born.

In the church the head of the Russian State was welcomed by Archbishop Theophylactos of Jordan (Patriarchate of Jerusalem), who told him the story of the basilica.

Then Mr. Putin was presented with a token, a copy of the Star of Bethlehem executed by Palestinian masters.

The president lighted a candle at the place where Christ was born.

Source: DECR Communication Service

Photos by the Presidential Press Service

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  1. Gail Sheppard says

    Before the games begin, can someone please explain to me what this voting thing is all about? I see where you can click a “thumbs up or thumbs down,” but what does it mean if it says there are 6 votes, and you’re a -3? What are we voting on, exactly? Are we voting on whether or not we agree with what’s being said or are we voting on the merit of the argument? Also, what’s to stop people from signing on over and over again and voting for themselves or against someone else? One last question (thank you for indulging me): Why are we able to “reply” to some messages and not to others? Some comments do not have a “Reply” button.

  2. George Michalopulos says

    Gail, the thumb up or down button works the same a a Facebook Like button. You like it, you dislike it, or you don’t care or are not interested. That’s as far as it goes.

    The number is the spread. If you see “-3 (from 10 votes)”, all it means is that out of 10 people, three more people disliked it than liked it. “0 (out of 17 votes)” means the likes and dislikes are evenly split, and so on.

    Some posts don’t have a reply button because the most the blog platform can handle is child comments 10 levels deep (not the same thing as ten comments from one parent). After the tenth level, the button disappears.

    For example, if I comment on a post and someone responds to me (not the post), then my comment becomes a parent and the second comment becomes a child. If someone responds to the second comment, that comment becomes a parent and the response a child and so forth down to 10 levels. You can follow the threads by following the colored lines on the left of the comments.

    • George!! Please explain this one more time:
      ““0 (out of 17 votes)” means the likes and dislikes are evenly split, and so on.”
      Zero out of seventeen votes mean the likes and dislikes are EVENLY SPLIT? How many votes in each half?

      • Patrick Henry Reardon says

        Bishop Tikhon inquires, “““0 (out of 17 votes)” means the likes and dislikes are evenly split, and so on.” Zero out of seventeen votes mean the likes and dislikes are EVENLY SPLIT? How many votes in each half?”

        I figure it at about eight and half each.

      • George Michalopulos says

        Good catch. Make it “0 (out of 18 votes)”.

  3. Gail Sheppard says

    Thank you, George, for taking the time to explain this. I think I’ve got it!

  4. Patrick Henry Reardon says

    I went through and marked thumbs-down on the first three messages, just to demonstrate how it works!

    I suspect I’ll get some thumbs-down on this one, as well.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      I’ll give you a “thumbs up,” because you made this a little more clear. 🙂

  5. Diogenes says

    Oh, I get it. Putin is an outward practicing Orthodox Christian, therefore, he can’t possibly be corrupt. Neither any of the leaders of the ROC. Putin was and probably still is, head of the KGB. He was and probably still is, directly responsible for the deaths and imprisonment (and torture) of many Russians. Yep, he’s a good Orthodox Christian. And, those in the ROC leadership are good, upright monastics – with bank accounts larger than the richest Russians. And, let’s not talk of all the country dachas the ROC owns for the Patriarch & his minions. Get real!

    • George Michalopulos says

      You know Diogenes, the irony is thick here. Putin is supposedly still KGB chief therefore probably has ordered hits on people. The irony? Pres Lightworker openly acknowledges the right to kill whoever he wants wherever he wants, even if some of them are (technically) American citizens.

      • Diogenes says


        All actions taken by Pres. Obama are documented – maybe not for your eyes, but well documented and well-substantiated. Proven enemies against the people of the U.S. who plot to kill Americans are fair game.

  6. Carl Kraeff says

    George–Since the title and body of the essay are referring to differing things, are you hinting at something here? Something along the line of “as President Putin has performed a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, he is well on the way to being anointed Tsar”?

    • George Michalopulos says

      No, not at all. There are still enough Romanovs out there to contest such an action.

      • But those “Romanovs” are no more Russian than you or I, George.The”Romanov” in the House of Hohenzollern/Holstein-Gottorp/Romanov is much more ephemeral than Warren’s Cherokee heritage.

        • And why not a dynastic change, to someone more fit? Happened all the time in the history of Byzantium.

        • George Michalopulos says

          Of course, Your Grace. The concept of a dynasty was not one of racial purity but of descent from a legitimate ancestor.

          • The legitimate ancestor, George, was a Russian Romanov, with Russian DNA or whatever. The last drop of Russian blood vanished from the succession to the Russian throne around the time of Anna Leopoldovna, so it’s hard to say that the urrent representatives of the Hohenzollern-Holstein-Gottorp-Romanovs are NOT the descendants of a legitimate ancestor (unless you count, oh, Fredrick the Great or the Great Elector or Emperor Maximilian, etc.

  7. Gail Sheppard says

    I suspect this particular gesture has to do with Syria. An international conference accepted a “U.N.-brokered peace plan that calls for the creation of a transitional government” today. Putin has vowed to protect “the Christians” (which of course means Assad) and this photo op may be his way of showing that he is still committed, in spite of this new development.–skPVQlpg

  8. ilya zhitomirskiy says

    i for one would support a russian monarchy. If the new tsar does not repress his people,i might even go back to russia

    • Lola J. Lee Beno says

      Yes. But not Maria Vladimirovna’s son. She did a bad job of raising him, and it shows.