Patriarchs, Popes, and Politics

By Nathan Barton

Too little, too late “The Roman Catholic Pope and Russian orthodox leader bridge 1,000-year rift in Christianity,” so says the WaPo. The Wapo claims this is the first such meeting since a split formed in the 11th century. And claims the meeting could “open greater channels with Moscow” over the humanitarian fallout from Middle East conflicts, including the flood of refugees into Europe and ravages against ancient Christian communities by ISIS.

As usual, the MSM gets this all wrong. Not just the history, but the significance of this public relations event. This will NOT lead to peace, but to more war. And more loss of liberty.

First the Russian is NOT the “head” (spiritual or other) of the Orthodox Church, just the largest communion within it. And the Russian Orthodox Church did not even exist until at least 1448; and from 1439 to 1448 was PART of the Roman Catholic Church. But then, when could the MSM ever do math, much less study history? In fact, a Catholic Pope met with the so-called “spiritual head” of the Orthodox Church, the “Ecumenical Patriarch,” in 2004, 12 years ago. The Orthodox Church split with the Roman Catholic Church in 1054 (still not quite 1,000 years ago, but who is counting just a measly 38 years? NOT the MSM). And of course, Catholics and Orthodox are far from the “only” branches in so-called Christendom.

In 2016, this Russian cannot make a serious claim to speak for Orthodox believers anywhere BUT in Russia; not even in Ukraine or Belarus, much less Greece or Syria or Turkey. And both the Orthodox and Catholic communions have departed insanely far, not just from New Testament standards but from their own beliefs and practices in 1054. Both this Russian and the Argentine (Pope) claim to speak for millions and millions of people, and to be their “spiritual rulers” but none of those people need a pope or patriarch or archbishop to speak for them, especially not to God.

And all these kinds of “religious leaders” do is trade on their “spiritual power” to deal with and sell out their people to secular rulers, or rule them (as the Catholic Pope did) directly. (Indeed, that is really the root of the split: the Patriarch of Constantinople refused to recognize the “supremacy” of the Bishop of Rome (the Pope), and remained under the thumb of the East Roman (Byzantine) Emperor, while the Pope had already started ruling Emperors and Kings. These two men have political power and influence, and are either tools of politicians or using politician as tools. The very existence of these “spiritual leaders” is anathema to the New Testament, and came as the result of centuries of stealing liberty from their own co-religionists. The entire concept of clergy and laity is foreign to the true followers of Christ. Both of these men and their predecessors have sold the spiritual and physical well-being of their followers to minions of the state for centuries, not just limited to Mussolini, Hitler, Franco, Peron, Lenin and Stalin. However “reluctantly,” they will do so again.

Mama’s Note: According to the bible, the sellout started with Aaron and the golden calf. He bowed to pressure to produce it. Things got worse when Samuel was allowed to install a king. Don’t think anything has really improved on that front since. I think the bible says Jesus told the people to “work out  your own salvation with fear and trembling.” No kings, priests or popes required for that. It’s a giant scam and fraud. Always was.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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