Pussy Riot and the Russian Orthodox Church: will the wound heal?- Translated Summation
Translated Summation of the article: Pussy Riot и РПЦ. Затянется ли ранка
April 30, 2012
by Павел Быков
Too harsh of a reaction to the outburst of feminist group Pussy Riot in the Temple of Christ the Savior brought the Russian Orthodox Church more disadvantages than advantages, said a well-known Orthodox missionary Deacon Andrei Kuraev. This reaction contradicts the efforts of Patriach Kirill three years ago aimed at attracting young people, students, and intellectuals to the Church. It also goes against the positions of some officials. For example, Valentina Matvienko -- the chairman of the Federation Council -- said that, if it was up to her, she would let the girls go; although they have acted mischievously, she would have forgiven them. Also, the Minister of Justice Konovalov -- a graduate of the University of the Orthodox -- stated that, as a lawyer, he did not see any prospects for a prison sentence.
According to Kuraev, in light of these recent statements, the silence of the official Orthodox Church speakers is very loud; it illustrates a clear difference between the positions of the Government and the Church. Kuraev concluded that the Patriarch, the society, and the State share the common expectation from the Church: an active social position and compassionate service. Good charity cases on behalf of the Church would block the effect of the feminist actions. However, the Church acted exactly the opposite so far: it spoke not about the gifts, but the money-grubbing. Kuraev stressed that Church should respond to the critique against it not only with words, but also with good deeds. For, looking up from the Internet, people have seen that in real life, Christians are able to forgive, have compassion and sacrifice.
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