Will the Russian Orthodox Church offer Putin any criticism?

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When I was growing up Catholic on the South Side we ended every Sunday liturgy with prayers for the conversion of Russia from godless communism. As illustrated in the photograph in the July 19 Post-Gazette (Page A4), those intercessions seem to have worked.

Now I pray for the conversion of the Russian Orthodox Church so that it will return to Gospel leadership. Has it ever criticized the decisions that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made and the direction toward a more imperialistic state? Do these religious leaders dream of a return to power rather than the invitation of Jesus to service to the least among us?


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