(MOSCOW) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defrocked a coronavirus-denying monk who has defied Kremlin lockdown orders and brought management of a monastery.
A church panel within the Ural Mountains metropolis of Yekaterinburg dominated to defrock 65-year-old Father Sergiy, who has attracted nationwide consideration by urging believers to disobey church management and ignore church closures through the pandemic.
The monk didn’t present up on the session and dismissed the decision, urging his backers to return to defend the Sredneuralsk girls’s monastery the place he has holed up since final month.
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In Friday’s video, Father Sergiy denounced President Vladimir Putin as a “traitor to the Motherland” serving a Satanic “world authorities” and dismissed Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill and different high clerics as “heretics” and “enemies of God and Holy Mom of God” who have to be “thrown out.”
The monk referred to as for an all-Russia meeting to place Putin, Patriarch Kirill and his entourage on trial to forestall them from plunging the nation right into a civil conflict. “We are able to’t permit that wolf pack to mangle Russia and the neighboring nations,” he stated.
The church banned the monk from ministry in Could, however he has continued preaching and final month took cost of the monastery exterior Yekaterinburg that he had based years in the past. Scores of volunteers, together with battle-hardened veterans of the separatist battle in jap Ukraine, helped implement his guidelines, whereas the prioress and several other nuns have left.
The police visited the monastery final month a day after Father Sergiy took over, however discovered no violations of public order. Going through stiff resistance by his supporters, church officers have appeared indecisive, missing the means to implement their ruling and evict the rebellious monk by drive.
Father Sergiy, who was born as Nikolai Romanov, served as a police officer throughout Soviet instances, then left the ranks and was sentenced to 13 years in jail on prices of theft and assault. After his launch, he joined a church faculty and later turned a monk.
The charismatic monk rapidly turned broadly identified for his enthusiastic efforts to open new church buildings and monasteries within the Urals. In his fiery sermons, he denounced alleged plots of the “world authorities” and glorified Russia’s final czar, Nicholas II, who was killed by the Bolsheviks alongside together with his total household in Yekaterinburg in 1918.
Father Sergiy has been probably the most seen and outspoken of some ultra-conservative Russian Orthodox clerics who’ve challenged the church management. The highest church hierarchy has averted battle with the monk till he overtly defied the Kremlin and the Moscow Patriarchy through the coronavirus pandemic.
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As contagion engulfed Russia, Father Sergiy has declared the coronavirus non-existent and denounced digital passes launched in Moscow and another areas to stem the outbreak as “Devil’s digital camp.” The monk has described the vaccines being developed in opposition to COVID-19 as a part of a world plot to manage the plenty by way of chips.
He additionally urged believers to disobey the closure of church buildings through the nationwide lockdown. Orthodox church buildings throughout Russia have been closed to parishioners on April 13 amid a fast rise in COVID-19 instances and have been allowed to reopen in early June as authorities eased restrictions.
Talking in a video from his monastic cell the place icons and pictures of Orthodox Church hierarchs of the previous adorn the wall alongside photos of Russia’s final Czar and Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, Father Sergiy warned church officers that they might want to seize the monastery by drive to get him out.
“I’m calling on all Orthodox believers to return to defend the monastery,” he stated in his newest video. “I can’t depart the monastery.”