Posts Tagged ‘Patriarch Kirill’

Orthodox hierarch endorses “bikers”

In Orthodox Christianity: in general on July 3, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Ok, the header might be a bit over the top.

Thanks to one of the faithful in my parish, Dr Bill Green, now serving abroad for our country (keep him in your prayers, “Theodore”!), a news article came to my attention, “New Orthodox Patriarch Pulls no Punches” (NY Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/10/world/europe/10iht-orthodox10web.html?pagewanted=1&emc=eta1

The article introduces us to the personal style of His Beatitude, Patriarch Kirill, of the Church of Russia. Here is the relevant material for this blog post:

“One of his appointees, the Reverend Vsevolod Chaplin, has proposed creating “Orthodox nightclubs,” where young people would gather for late-night fellowship and discussion. There are even Orthodox bikers, and Patriarch Kirill reminded the crowd in St. Petersburg that he used to ride a motorbike.”

Hey, for a simple priest motoring around on a motorscooter in SoCal, that aint a bad endorsement!