Category: Orthodox Church

Russian museum chief faces jail after show angers church

A Russian museum director has fallen foul of both church and state by organising a controversial exhibition that has been accused of offending Orthodox beliefs. The director of the Sakharov museum, named after the Soviet-era dissident Andrei Sakharov, has been charged with inciting religious hatred for staging the exhibition entitled Look out, Religion!. If found guilty, Yuri Samodurov faces up to five years in jail or a fine of up to 500,000 roubles (£9,369), and could be moved out of his job for five years. “I realised it was a contentious topic, but I thought we could discuss it openly,”

Russian Orthodox Church freezes ties with Episcopal Church over gay bishop

MOSCOW, Nov. 17 — The Russian Orthodox Church announced Monday that it is suspending ties with the U.S. Episcopal Church over its consecration of an openly gay bishop, saying that homosexuality is a sin and that it ”cannot condone the perversion of human nature.” ”Homosexual sexual contact has always been considered a grave sin by the Christian Church,” the Russian Orthodox Church’s Moscow Patriarchate said in a statement posted on its Web site. ”Biblical passages that condemn homosexuality are clear and unequivocal.” The statement said the consecration of Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop, the Rev. V. Gene Robinson, had

Crusade to make Rasputin a saint splits church

Daily Telegraph (England), Feb. 6, 2003 By Julius Strauss in Moscow A bitter rift has opened in the Russian Orthodox Church over a campaign to canonise Rasputin and Ivan the Terrible. The movement, which leading Orthodox officials have sought to quash, is spearheaded by a growing revisionist movement in the Church. It believes that Grigori Rasputin, a notoriously dissolute Siberian monk who was murdered by two royalists in 1916 because of his growing influence over Empress Alexandra, was the victim of a Jewish conspiracy. The movement also contends that Ivan the Terrible, who murdered hundreds of priests and even