The Russian Orthodox Church Under the New Patriarch
NOVEMBER 21, 2011
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The modern-day Russian Orthodox Church faces numerous problems but, twenty years after the end of communism, it is adopting a new and energetic strategy of change under the leadership of Patriarch Kirill.
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MOSCOW—The modern-day Russian Orthodox Church faces numerous problems but, twenty years after the end of communism, is adopting a new and energetic strategy of change. A new collection of reports, The Russian Orthodox Church Under the New Patriarch (in Russian), edited by Alexey Malashenko and Sergei Filatov, details the church’s new strategy under the leadership of Patriarch Kirill, including:
Realization of the Church’s large-scale goals is impossible without cooperation between the Church and the state. Government authorities are interested in gaining Church support and the legitimacy it provides. But proximity to the government can be problematic for the Church, if corruption, violation of law, and inability to solve social problems remain issues the state authorities are unable or unwilling to solve and the Church appears to overlook these deficiencies.

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