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Moscow Patriarchate tells Russian troops: "Your task is to wipe the Ukrainian nation off the face of the earth"
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The answer to both questions is provided by a broadside produced by the Bryansk metropolitanate of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate that has been distributed to Russian soldiers there by the office of that church responsible for relations with the military and the police.

It tells Russian troops in the most direct way, "Your task is to wipe the Ukrainian nation off the face of the earth," a directive from church officials that many Russian soldiers will see as giving them carte blanche as far as violence against the Ukrainian people are concerned.

by IdiotSavant on Thu Apr 7th, 2022 at 05:40:50 AM EST
Holy war, no less.

That'll help.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Apr 7th, 2022 at 11:33:35 AM EST
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He's only following his leader.  Kirill has had a painful thunderstick for Ukraine since Bartholomew I granted the Ukrainian Orthodox Church autocephaly from the Russian, which caused Kirill to immediately sever all communion with Ecumenical Orthodoxy (Which leads me to wonder whether the Russian Church can still be called Orthodox, but that's not my fight.).  Not a huge surprise given Kirill was a KGB agent, as was his predecessor Alexy II.
by rifek on Tue Apr 12th, 2022 at 04:27:48 PM EST
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KGB agent... well that was part of the job description I suppose. And now he's head of the Russian Heterodox Church.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 08:59:57 AM EST
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