Sunday, November 16, 2014

Patriarch Kirill Rips Europe's Wane of Christianity; Russian Orth. Head Says Europe Abandoned Christ

As he received an honorary degree at the University of Belgrade in Serbia on November 14, Patriarch Kirill -- the head of the Russian Orthodox Church -- sounded the alarm over the rapid de-Christianization of European society, which "gave up on the fundamental Christian values in its life and activities," the Interfax website reports today (November 16, 2014).

He cited prominent 20th century Serbian Orthodox cleric, Saint Nikolai Velimirovich of Ohrid and Zica, who said that "Christ is leaving Europe."

"Today, when the process of secularization, the denial of absolute truth, the elimination of the concept of sin from the public consciousness reaches unprecedented, apocalyptic dimensions, we regret to note that many European states have actually abandoned their Christian identity," Patriarch Kirill said.

The recognition of gay marriage, euthanasia at the legislative level, and the growing number of abortions indicates that Europe -- which used to be a stronghold of Christianity -- "has become a locomotive of destructive processes," Patriarch Kirill added.

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