Russia’s Orthodox Patriarch Kirill says feminism is very dangerous

By Reuters Staff
April 12, 2013

(Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill arrive for the meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in Moscow February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Gunyeev/Ria Novosti/Pool)

The head of the resurgent Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has said  feminism was a “very dangerous” phenomenon offering an illusion of freedom to women who should focus on their families and children.

Some three quarters of Russians consider themselves Russian Orthodox and Kirill has fostered increasingly close ties with President Vladimir Putin who has portrayed the church as the guardian of Russia’s national values.

“I find very dangerous this phenomenon, which is called feminism, because feminist organizations proclaim a pseudo-freedom of women that should in the first place be manifested outside marriage and outside the family,” Kirill was quoted by Interfax news agency last Tuesday as telling a meeting with an Orthodox women’s group.

“Man turns his sight outward, he should work, make money. While a woman is always focused inwards towards her children, her home. If this exceptionally important role of a woman is destroyed, everything will be destroyed as a consequence – family and, if you wish, the homeland,” he said.

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The Patriarch sings an old song that still appeals but is like the song of dinosaurs.

My own mother was the old type family centered woman with few external activities besides the raising of her two children – my sister and me.

After we grew up and left home for college, she could not adjust in many ways and was effectively unemployed and feeling beside the point and irrelevant for the last 30 years of her increasingly depressed life. My father was paying our tuitions and she got a job at a local retail store to help with the bills.

Her happiest and most energized time was while she was working outside the home. She had friends, went to company parties and felt useful.

When she left that job because she was injured slightly while working in the stock room and was assigned to a job where she sat all day waiting to take inquiries for something I forget now, she was miserable and would cry. She mostly sat all day with no activity.

She left the job, came home, didn’t do much else for the rest of her life but sit in a sofa and watch TV in her bathrobe.

After almost 30 years of no life what so ever – she died stiff as a board with Parkinson’s and Alzheimers and couldn’t remember her name, our names, any of the prayers she used to say and in pain at the slightest touch.

She was an anti-feminist – or didn’t have the slightest idea what they were talking about. She never got more than a Catholic High School education. It didn’t do her any favors. To make matters worse. We moved to an affluent community where the women she met were well educated and very capable of taking care of themselves.

On the other hand, I am also convinced that had she followed the path of feminism she and my father would have been divorced years before we were even out of high school. Even as a child – but only now at 62 do I understand – I can recall the strains that were apparent in the frequent moves my father made as part of his employment. A more self- secure woman would have left him and gone home to her parents and started a new life – but with total control of us two children. And we would have been buried alive in a strict Catholic environment where tyrannical ignorance would have ruled supreme under the domination of a powerful matriarchy or aunts and grandmothers. The Catholic Church to me was always about domination by women. But my Grandmother could get kittenish in a conversation with a priest friend of the family.

When will these over decorated windbags get the faces out of their pretty and very comforting religious books and get over their own enormous sense of self-importance?

God may actually be living right under their noses and he/she/it obviously occupies both sexes. The world does not work according to everything the scriptures say. They say so much and if you read enough of it you are making corrections to the texts you aren’t admitting or are cherry picking to your hearts desire: very likely to your hearts desire. I frequently think clerics are some of the most stupid and insipid men and women alive, with no imagination, little natural compassion or empathy and terrified of life, and especially change, who must troll the scriptures for something they haven’t got the skills or strength to understand on their own. And they are jealous and protective of livings and rivals like anyone else.

God may actually like them the least because they are so afraid.

Posted by paintcan | Report as abusive

What a nut job. His comments show how little he understands about God. The only thing feminism threatens is misogynistic patriarchy.

Posted by BuffaloGirl | Report as abusive

Very interesting article

Posted by jamespadgett | Report as abusive

@bufflaoGirl – I don’t think Patriarch Krill is a “nutjob”. If anything, I think I am.

He can’t be misogynistic – I think he is actually married.

Posted by paintcan | Report as abusive

@paintcan – and what makes you think a man can not be both married and misogynistic? Many misogynists do not acknowledge that they are just this.

Posted by wolfkit | Report as abusive

Misogyny has to do with one’s attitude – married, priest or not.

Posted by MomsHugs | Report as abusive