The expert explained the importance of Putin’s visit to the Council of bishops

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal in Photobacterium of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. Archival photoThe expert explained the importance of Putin’s visit to the Council of bishops© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal the image Bank

The planned visit of the President of the activities Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church would be an act of restoration of historical justice and a symbol of the good cooperation of Church and state, told RIA Novosti leading researcher and head of the Center for the study of problems of religion and society Institute of Europe RAS, theologian and sociologist of religion Roman Lunkin.

The bishops ‘ Council of the Supreme body of the hierarchic governance, convened by the Patriarch and Synod at least once every four years. This year the participants will remember not only the revival of the Patriarchate in Russia in 1917, after more than 200-year Synodal period (subordination of Church to state), but also the centenary of the local Council of the ROC, which was elected the new Patriarch Tikhon, and the centenary of the revolutionary events and the subsequent atheistic persecution.

«If he comes to the Cathedral itself, it will be a symbolic event. Last time so did the Byzantine emperors, who even interfered in the course of Church meetings,» — said Lunkin.

According to him, the forthcoming visit of the President – an event that would be an act of good cooperation between the Russian Church and state and once again emphasize the importance of Church institutions in Russian history.

«Here is also important the anniversary of his election to the Patriarchal throne of St. Tikhon. This restoration of historical justice. Interrupted by a vicious circle of revolutions, violent relations to the clergy. Recovering the symbolic integrity of the Russian world, which as a concept is of great importance for the President», — the expert continued.

St. Tikhon (Belavin, 1865-1925) was the first Patriarch of Moscow since the restoration in Russia of the Patriarchate. Canonized in 1989, he spent the years of his Ministry to find an acceptable compromise between the Church and Soviet power. Eventually, he was arrested. To end the life of Patriarch Tikhon remained under investigation, in December 1924, he was assassinated, after which the Saint fell ill, and in April 1925 he died. To this day it remains one of the most revered bishops, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

«The state actually killed Patriarch Tikhon, so it’s a very nice gesture to the Church,» concluded Lunkin.

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