Our Colombian correspondent Diego returns with an essay about the animosity between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox branches of Christianity. He reminds us that there can be only one final beneficiary of such sectarian squabbles: the Caliphate.
A Response to Post-Modernity
Posmodernidad (Post-Modernity) is the name of a right-wing bi-monthly magazine published by a group of students from various (private) Colombian Universities. When I first saw it (as of its April Issue) it was fairly interesting; however my opinion of the magazine (and the group behind it) changed drastically upon visiting their website.
Soon enough I noticed an ultra-Catholic group. Normally this wouldn’t be much of a bother, but these people took it to a… questionable level. Most (if not all) of the following criticism will be based on their article “Putin’s Christianity”.
I must make this clear, they seem to, at least, be old-fashioned Catholics, before Novus Ordo Missae and “Liberation Theology”, so they deserve at least some of my respect. Now, without further ado…
The main point of the article seems to be to paint Putin as a threat to conservative values in Catholic Europe. To do this, they couldn’t find any better way than to attack him from a religious point of view, spewing out an article of anti-Orthodox propaganda that the 17th-century Polish Church hierarchy would be proud of.
So to these ultra-Catholics today, I must say the following:
|1.||While I personally don’t really trust Vladimir Putin, I respect him enough to recognize him as a better leader than the Western so-called leaders of today. Yes, it’s true he was KGB, and it is true that trusting any politician or head of state is naïve.
|2.||The constant failure to distinguish between “Orthodox” and “Russian Orthodox” and painting the Orthodox Church as a whole in the characteristics of the Moscow Patriarchate between 1927 and 1991 is… disturbing, to say the least, as the decisions taken by the Moscow Patriarchate in 1927 are not binding to those under Greek Jurisdiction.
In 1927, the Russian Orthodox Church suffered a schism, when the priests that were not in Soviet territory decided not to recognize Moscow’s decision to accept Communist Domination. Thus, the ROCOR (Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia) was born, this one only partially reunited with the Moscow Patriarchate in 1991.
|3.||There is a lack of historical knowledge very obvious on the part of the writer, when he ignores the fact that the Russian Orthodox Church also suffered massive persecutions during the Soviet Era. Or it is willful ignorance to paint it as a collaborator of Communism against “poor persecuted Catholics”.
|4.||There is also an attempt to blame the Orthodox Church for the anti-Catholic attacks made by the Pro-Russian side in the Donbass. While willingly ignoring that Ukraine saw a great deal of religious tensions in the past between Catholics and Orthodox, due to the fact that, during the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Polish and Lithuanians attempted to forcefully impose the Catholic Church and the Latin Rite on the Orthodox Ukrainians. The issues between the Catholic Converts and Orthodox, and the internal fracture between Old — Believer and Ecumenical Orthodox (the latter accepting a rapprochement with the Catholic Church) are conflicts that have been waiting to happen; it was only matter of time.
|5.||Their presentation of the “Doctrine of the Two Swords” is not accurate, and twisted to show Catholicism as if it always had been a paladin of Church- State Separation, when in reality it was an attempt by the Bishop of Rome to accumulate both secular and Church power in his hands (and that was before the great schism).
|6.||With all the claims of being “independent of the state”, the Catholic Church today is more subservient to the Globalist PC-MC Elite than the Orthodox is to the Russian State. If the people behind this group want to continue their criticism from a “Catholic” point of view, they had better get ready to start a schism, because the current route of the Catholic Church is one of eternal subservience to the Global Elites.
In conclusion, I can only think that this article was written with a very malicious intent. If Christianity as a whole needs something in these trying times, it is to put aside the doctrinal differences and create a strong united front against Islamic aggression. The Assyrians, Catholics, Orthodox, Copts, Malankara, and the myriad of Protestant denominations need to at least pause in their petty fighting and begin to actively resist the imperialist expansion of Islam in Europe. Otherwise, all of them will suffer the fate of Arabia’s Christians.
Previous posts by Diego:
|2015||Mar||19||The Islamization of South America|
|23||On Rome, Russia and Multiculturalism|
|May||8||Traicion a la Mejicana|
|Aug||14||Latin America: Socialism, Tantrums, and Islam|
|2016||Jan||4||Jugando con Polvora, Or How the World is About to Burn