Discussion by: ieva
Latvian journalists and politics experts are talking about the official visit of Kirill I of Moscow, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. Kirill's visit was planned long before recent events in Ukraine, but we cannot ignore the fact that he supports Putin. Latvian journalists suggest that one should focus on Ukraine, whereas political experts are stressing that his reception must not be too warm. Whatever that means.
And, of course, he will deliver a speech about the bad West with its gay marriages, feminists and atheists. But that cannot be helped, because it was believed that a visit of Russia’s religious leader to our secular country (Latvia) was essential in order to establish civilised relations with Russia.
But do political leaders of two secular countries (Russia is sort of one) really need to take religious leaders into account? Or, as in our case, is it a question of better safe (pleasing Orthodox believers) than sorry (making Orthodox believers angry)? Because most of the Orthodox are Russians ….