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During the communion of the faithful I was also able to have a short conversation with Metropolitan Hilarion. I introduced myself and Holy Transfiguration Mission, which we discussed briefly, and asked his prayers for us.
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Most Reverend Master, bless!
On behalf of the members of the Diocesan Council, and all of the clergy and faithful children of the Eastern American Diocese, accept our sincerest congratulations on the 28th anniversary of your elevttion to the episcopacy.
Over the past 28 years, you have labored tirelessly for the benefit of your flock, fervently praying for their salvation. First the faithful of the Eastern American Diocese, then of the Australian, and eventually of the entire Church Abroad have come to know you as a loving pastor and spiritual father. We are grateful to the Almighty for such a wise and humble Hierarch.
We wish, Your Eminence, that the Lord God fortify you spiritually and physically for your ongoing labor of service as First Hierarch in the vineyard of Christ.
Dear Brother in the Lord,
On this joyous day for our Diocese, we send Your Grace our heartfelt congratulations on the fourth anniversary of your episcopal consecration. By the Mercy of God, you have faithfully carried out your archpastoral duties by selflessly giving yourself entirely over to the flock in service of Christ’s Holy Church. Your diligent service in the Synodal Cathedral of the Church Abroad and Archpastoral care of the many parishes you take the time and effort to visit have led the faithful to recognize you as a discerning and loving shepherd.
May the Lord grant you many years of health and renewed spiritual strength to continue carrying your weighty archpastoral cross.
|Bishop Mitrophan (Znosko-Borovsky) of Boston|
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|Vladimir Nikolaevich Kireev, “The Mirror” (2009). (Fragment)|
The western powers are very good at derailing what they don't like. The original Russian draft resolution asserted that human rights have their roots in the moral force of traditional values. It included language supporting the right to life, the importance of the family in society, and the role of major religions, things that could easily have come from the pen of Tony Perkins at the Family Research Council.
Left-leaning states charged that the Russian draft failed to consider the connection between traditional values and human rights abuses. Specifically the United States and some European countries said that the rights of women, homosexuals, and transsexuals were undermined by traditional values.
A new “study” was commissioned, which ended up removing all references to the right to life, family, and religion. More than that, the new draft targeted traditional values as undermining the rights of women and minorities.
As usually happens at the United Nations, the left was satisfied. But not the Russans and not many others either. The new study was supposed to be discussed in Geneva last week. And here the Russians struck with a conservative cultural confidence that can only send shivers down the spine of the Europeans and the LGBT claque in the U. S. Department of State.
The Russians simply ignored their opponents, demanded a vote and won. They were far from alone. The resolution was co-authored by over sixty other governments and ended up passing the Human Rights Council with a vote of 25 –15, with 7 countries abstaining.
The new document strikes a blow for traditional values in the understanding of human rights and makes clear that human rights are universal and not “evolving,” as the left asserts.
Within moments of the vote, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement that my C-FAM colleague Stefano Genarrini described as “brimming with confidence.” As in this: “The Russian Federation, together with the opinion allies, will continue promoting the idea of the inseparable connection of human rights and traditional moral values in the Human Rights Council.”
The statement went on to criticize the actions of the European Union and United States, specifically mentioning that the “negative position of these countries, their unwillingness to work at the text and fanciful arguments against the resolution draft cause regret.”
What we are witnessing at the United Nations is an awakening of the Russian social policy bear. Many governments have grown weary of the aggressiveness of the sexual left, now firmly ensconced in the U. N. bureaucracy and human rights machinery.
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