Moscow, Feb. 25, 2008 (CWNews.com) - Russian President Valdimir Putin has announced that Russian Orthodox seminarians are obliged to do mandatory military service, Vatican Radio reports.
Putin's policy announcement appears to put the government on a collision course with the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Moscow patriarchate in the past has threatened to expel any seminarians who use firearms or engage in military service.
Fr. Andrew Damick on the state of Orthodox in America - A very good treatment of the topic for the non-Orthodox (history, jurisdictions, concerns) and an excellent refresher for those not familiar with the most ...
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