Patriarch Kirill Can Go To Hell

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his food writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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4 Responses

  1. Greg In Ak

    Seconded. Get on the rocket sled to Hell Kirill.Report

  2. Pinky

    I’m not a historian, but I can’t think of an example of an Orthodox leader declaring an indulgence for fighting in a war against a predominantly Orthodox country.Report

  3. PD Shaw

    Kirill’s path is an interesting one, as he started out opposing the Russian invasion of Crimea as a threat to the Russian Orthodox Church’s position in Ukraine. Ostensibly as the Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus’, he shares Putin’s goal of extending Moscow’s cultural influence among the countries claiming descent from the medieval Kievan Rus state. But war heightens national identity and causes blowback.

    In 2018, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was recognized as independent with the Archbishop of Constantinople purportedly informing Kirill that ecclesiastical jurisdiction over Ukraine had effectively been lost by the war. Moscow severed ties with Constantinople. Many Orthodox communities in Ukraine remained loyal to the Moscow, but a slow drip away due to Kirill’s alienating remarks became a full fledged desertion following the 2022 invasion. All has been lost and the pretense of shared commonality destroyed. Kirill will be remembered by the fruits he has grown.Report

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