Moderniser is favourite to lead Russian church, says the headline in todayâ€™s Guardian. The online edition sadly does not include the photograph of dynamic thrusting modernist Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk which appeared in the paper. But do not fret. I have found one, so readersâ€™ jaws can drop at the breathtaking modernity of the man they call â€œMetropolitan Kirill of Smolenskâ€. Thatâ€™s him on the right, in the oh so modern colourful robes, unlike the hopelessly passÃ© figures next to him, who look positively mediaeval in their black garb. On the other hand, they might be beatniks, and itâ€™s Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk whoâ€™s behind the times, daddy-o.
I wonder what the Orthodox wing of the Orthodox Church are like?
Far away on the other side of Europe, I hear that Cardinal Ratzinger has begun a process of reconciliation with those demented medievalists “The Society of St. Pious”, known to their brethren as SSPX. This organization’s goal appears to be to return the Catholic church to a more primitive state, as it was approximately five-hundred years ago. They intend to wipe-out any liturgical innovation which may have tainted the church.
Wouldn’t it be oh-so ironic if these Russian Orthodox modernists were to show-up their roman rivals with their trendy new-fangled ways? The Church of Rome is starting to look so passe by comparison.
If you look closely you’ll see that the icons behind the black-clad men are stuck to the wall with sellotape. So, yes, they might be Orthodox beatniks.
Glyn, now you mention it, this whole set-up seems rather flimsy and staged:
If you look closely you can see the wooden-screen to which the beardy-men have sellotaped crude photocopies of icons is made of badly nailed-together wood. The brickwork is shoddy and lamentable. The modernist’s hat appears to be nothing more than an industrial-sized toilet roll.
What is this…?
Why is Sea Sick Steve wearing that cape…?
Smacks of ‘Prog’ to me