Long Live Vladimir Putin

This article gives you, together with some Orthodox triumphalism probably exaggerated, some interesting snippets about the reality of our times: as in Russia 25,000 churches are restored or newly built in 25 years, the US Government is investigating whether the participation of US pro-lifers in their private capacity to a pro-life, pro-family event is in violation of the sanctions against Russia.

And truly, it seems difficult to deny that Russia is the only Western Country where Christianity is still officially written large, and most certainly the only Western Country whose leader actively promotes it rather than trying to destroy it.

This is the more notable, as Putin is still dealing with a deeply secularised country – hence the exaggerated enthusiasm of the Orthodox -; a country that seems to accept, more than approve, Putin's more and more obvious Christian stance. Another leader would acquiesce to the opinion of the vast majority, and promote abortion and godlessness as in Soviet times. Not Putin. Putin actively goes against the grain of his own people, and tries to help the rebirth of a real Christian nation as much as he can and, very clearly, as fast as he thinks prudent. I go as far as to say that I have the feeling if he felt his grasp on the country is strong enough, he would move decisively and ban abortion altogether. Not something he would survive today, I think; not in 2014, and probably not in 2024, either.

This leads us to another paradox: pro-life movements gain traction in North America and Western Europe, but are still systematically opposed by the ruling political classes; at the same time they seem to me very feeble in Russia (I say this based on anecdotical evidence only), but over there they have a rather strong champion at the top.

Armchair generals and Sunday afternoon geopolitical experts will now, no doubt, lament the fact that Putin has not (yet) banned abortion. But again, he has not come to be the leader of his Country – and a boon for Christianity with that – by being an armchair general and Sunday afternoon geopolitical expert.

I have little doubt that his Christian feelings are sincere: firstly because they are clearly countercultural among his own people, and secondly because the phenomenon that seems at play here (the death of a beloved, devout Christian as trigger of a Christian conversion) is well-known and not at all infrequent. Mussolini (apologies: Il Duce) followed the same path.

As we pray for the conversion of Russia, we should pray that this intelligent, perceptive man may embrace his Christian values more and more as he gets older, and slowly guide his Country, almost mortally wounded by Communism, to a recovery of, at least, its old Christian tradition.

Long live Vladimir Putin. May he grow in wisdom and power *, and show to the West the error of its ways.


* No, democracy is not my religion. Christianity is.

Posted on September 24, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Yes he is very pro Christian and rightly so. He wants to revive the Old Russia and make it great again among the nations. Remember when he went out hunting stripped to the waist? We all laughed at his macho antics. But this was no accident. This was the way the early Russians went hunting. And he is reviving that nationalist feeling. He is a true patriot wishing to restore his country. And what is it that made Russia great? Its the same that made Britain once great. It is Christianity.

  2. Dear M
    You have made a worthwhile point in a clear and well expressed article. Putin may yet do some good for the world, DV.
    Reader 3.009

  3. The so-called revival of Christianity in Russia is a sham. The Orthodox Church has been controlled by the Russian government since the time of Peter The Great. Go to http://www.inatoday.com/ for some very interesting articles on Ol’ Vlad and Russia. There are also some very interesting books available on the current activities of the Orthodox Church and Russia’s intelligence agencies. I’d advise that you buy at least one of them.

    • The Orthodox would go to bed with whatever Russian government; even, some of them, a Communist one.

      I am not defending the orthodox as champs of.. orthodoxy. But certainly, in time things will change, and a new generation will grow up for which abortion is not somethign normal, and Christianity not repressed and even encouraged.


  4. The Orthodox Church was described as the ‘handmaid of the KGB’ in soviet days and some of those leading it would know because they were around in those days. An ex KGB agent would be aware of that and of how useful it is to have the religious under your observation and control. The ROC has been trying for years to take over leadership of the whole Orthodox world and so will be useful allies elsewhere (the Ukraine and the Baltic nations) if they succeed and with KGB expertise, why shouldn’t they?
    Russia is desperately short of people and so discouraging abortion and homosexuality makes perfect sense for the government as is having a useful ally to back you up. Putin is not being ‘counter-cultural’, there is far less cynicism about religion and a great deal more interest and sympathy for it in Russia than in the west and Putin knows this and wants to use it.

    • This is a reading, but then I think that a secular man would leverage on secular values. Mussolini pushed population increase and patriotic ideals far before pushing Catholicism.

      Again, I believe his mother played a big role. Statists are humans like everyone else. If we look at their actions only in terms of abstract reasoning, we forget the human being behind.


  5. Agree 100%. Long live Vladimir Putin! God bless~

  6. I have been somewhat against Putin since he first came to power in 2000. I have been to Russia a number of times, and actually met him one (at the Moscow Airshow in 2001). The one thing that started to change my thinking on him was when I read that he required the reading of the Gulag Archipelago in all Russian schools, and that he was cordial to Solzhenitsyn. Is he the one you refer to as his death helping to convert Putin?

    • I have read of his mother, who baptised him in times of persecution.
      The information might be wrong, mind. But it seems so credible to me. I have examples in the family.

  7. Lepanto is correct. I suspect it’s all about demographics to this old KGB fellow. In the eastern regions one Russian to 100 Chinese leaves them vulnerable.

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