Just before his departure for London, where he is currently cuddling up to the Church of England and other religious bodies, Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev, better known as Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, signed an appeal to introduce a total nationwide ban on abortions in Russia.
According to Father Alexander Volkov, the appeal calls for recognition of the beginning of human life at the moment of conception and stresses that the embryo should be legally protected. The document also proposes to ban any surgical or therapeutic interruption of pregnancy, as well as “the use of contraceptives with abortion-inducing effects.”
Russian pro-life activists say that about 1 million women in Russia have induced abortions every year.
Back in 2013, Kirill spelled out the dangers of feminism, warning that it was a “very dangerous” phenomenon that could lead to the destruction of Russia.
Man has his gaze turned outward – he must work, make money – and woman must be focused inwards, where her children are, where her home is. If this incredibly important function of women is destroyed then everything will be destroyed – the family and, if you wish, the motherland.
He said he was not opposed to women pursuing careers in politics or business or other professions “that today are mainly done by men”, but said they should get their priorities straight.
He also said that it was “no accident” that most feminist leaders were unmarried.
I noticed this when I worked in Geneva, at the World Council of Churches, when the feminist theme was just starting to develop.
Sexism runs rampant in Russia and women’s rights appear nowhere on the political agenda. Putin has made boosting Russia’s low birth rate a key platform of his administration, often cheering women’s role as mothers.
Then in January this year, Kirill partially blamed an increased acceptance of homosexuality for the rise of Islamic State.
The imbecile claimed he was not surprised that some Muslims were flocking to Isis’ quasi-religious state as a way of escaping the “godless civilization” that celebrates events such as Gay Pride.
In an interview published on the Church’s official website, Kirill said:
[Isis] is creating a civilisation that is new by comparison to the established one that is godless, secular and even radical in its secularism.
Kirill landed in the UK today. Russian Orthodox Church spokesman Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, above, centre, said:
I believe that the visit of His Holiness’s meetings with believers and representatives of the Church of England and the general public will help our peoples strengthen mutual trust.
Kirills visit marks the 300th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church in the British Isles and is the first visit by a Russian patriarch to the country.
Relations between Russia and the United Kingdom have been going through difficult times over recent years. However, history knows periods of cooperation between the two countries, for example during World War II. The past and the present encourage us to promote a closer rapprochement between Russian and British people.
Regarding the relationship between the Russian church and the Church of England, Hilarion stressed that the two Christian churches have had close ties since the 16th century and shared particularly good relations in the latter half of the 20th century.