by Giacomo Sanfilippo
By sheer coincidence two articles were published online earlier today which need to be read together.
Father Joseph Gleason and family
The first is an interview with Father Joseph Gleason, “an Orthodox priest who moved to provincial Russia with his wife and 8 children, primarily in order to raise his family in an Orthodox Christian country.”
The second is a report on that Orthodox Christian country’s expansion of its children’s army in the Crimea.
The full text of the second article is republished below. Before you read it, I very strongly urge you to read the full text of Father Gleason’s interview here.
I too sometimes dream of moving to an Orthodox country in order to be surrounded by more churches, more monasteries, more Orthodox people—but not to run away from anything (least of all from my LGBTQ brothers and sisters), and not because I’m blind to the glaring hypocrisies of Orthodox societies and of the Church’s institutional apparatus in those societies.
The uncritical glorification of the Russian state and institutional church comprises a disturbing trend in certain American Orthodox circles—the same trend, incidentally, that some American neo-Nazis find so appealing.