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Russia Building Three Churches A Day

Russia Building Three Churches A Day
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If you haven’t been to Moscow lately, you will be shocked by the construction of new churches. There seems to be one going up on every corner, reminiscent of the American South. The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) claimed yesterday that Russia is building three new churches a day across the vast geography of the world’s largest country — the Russian Federation.

“It’s not because we have too much money and don’t know where to spend it on. Our people who have gone through years of atheism [under the Soviet Union] have realized with their minds and hearts that without God, nothing happens,” Patriarch Kirill was quoted as saying by the state-run RIA Novosti news agency on Sunday, reported The Moscow Times.

The building spree ran into a snag recently as protesters successfully prevented the building of a new cathedral in Yekaterinburg as local residents declared it would destroy a beloved park in the city.

The Orthodox Church’s influence has grown in recent years as it has received increased support from the Kremlin. Last year, Patriarch Kirill announced that 25 new churches were built in Moscow alone, added The Moscow Times. Patriarch Kirill added that the increased concentration of churches will give Russians the opportunity to feel closer to God, lead happier lives and tackle the difficult circumstances of the modern world.

Many believe the Kremlin is supporting the ROC to use it as a way to control the population, similar to the practice under the Romanov tsars.

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Robert Weston May 27, 2019 at 4:44 pm

It is my observations that societies which don’t have a strong religious base tend to have more graft and corruption in their governments and business dealings. There are exceptions of course. There is one religion where it is OK to lie to and cheat those who are not of that religion.

Communism is not a moral construct, it is an economic construct. Communist countries who eradicated religious life (USSR, Red China, Cuba and others) have the biggest problem with corrupted legislators and bureaucrats. There is no moral basis outside of Natural Law on which people do business. And Natural Law says do what is best for yourself. The heck with everyone else.

So it is a wise step to allow religion back into Russia (although I suspect it was never totally eradicated) to reintroduce a moral code which holds people to answer to a higher power. Which requires people to be honest and deal fairly with others (do unto others as you would have them do unto you).

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willaim chandler May 27, 2019 at 6:38 pm

How many Churches is Saudi Arabia building? Hoa many Churches is Israel building?

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Walkin O'Shea June 2, 2019 at 12:32 pm

Eastern Europe may be the last bastion of Christianity in the world. Roman Catholics should looking at reuniting with the Orthodox faith, dropping Francis, and relocating the Vatican to St. Petersburg.

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