Moscow patriarch: Russian war dead have their sins forgiven

Michael Yates

This would be funny were it not for the fact that the resurrection of the Orthodox Church in Russia was a sure sign of a sharp rightward drift in Russian politics. Pretty disgusting overall. 

I see that CNN has a headline: "The most likely Nuclear Scenario." The patriarch should be shouting "Heaven help us all." 

Ken Hiebert

Russian soldiers who die in the line of duty in Ukraine have all of their sins forgiven, the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church proclaimed in a sermon, comparing their sacrificial death to that of Jesus.  The assertion, made on Sunday, ratchets up Moscow Patriarch Kirill's already staunch support for Russia's war on Ukraine since its beginning in February.