The Orthodox church has once against assumed its traditional role in Russia, giving moral support to the reigning regime. Now in support of the Russian military intervention in Syria, the church has declared a “holy war” against terrorism.
Could any of you Orthodox readers explain the relationship between the various branches of your church? I know that there is supposed to be a doctrinal unity between them all, and they all uphold the authority of the bishops. Do the actions of these Russian bishops carry weight with you? (I know, for example, that the murdered Czar and his family members have been or are being canonized by the Russian church. So, if you are Antiochan Orthodox, are you obliged also to recognize them as saints?)
But can there really be a Christian jihad?