Patriarch: The SOC doesn’t want to equate the church with any state, let alone any party


The Serbian Orthodox Church doesn’t want to equate the church with any state, let alone any party. It will do everything it can not to allow anyone to manipulate it, the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Porfirije said today.

„The church has no borders, not just historical, it also has no borders between this and the next world. (…) There are no Greeks or Jews in the church. In the church, the Lord calls us all to be one. However, in the jungle, in the rainforest of many interests of this world, various people – having tools, but also, if you will, the media, weapons in their hands – can create false images and turn the church into something it isn’t, has never been nor will it ever be,” SOC Patriarch said today after a liturgy he served in Zagreb.

The new patriarch stressed that fictional and virtual realities are being created in the modern world, which those who want to drag the church, as he indicated, into various misunderstandings and political games used as a starting point.

“Those who want to drag the church into various misunderstandings and political games use it as a reality that has nothing to do with the nature of the church, its ambitions, or its service,“ he said.

“We don’t want to equate the church with any state, let alone any party. We will do everything with all our spiritual strength, not to allow anyone to manipulate us,“ the Patriarch underlined.

„We are not interested in expanding and reducing the size of states. The canonical borders of the Church do not necessarily change with the borders of the states,” the Patriarch said.

The Serbian Patriarch revealed that he is aware that he is living in the information age, reigned by disinformation and confusion precisely because of the information overload.

That is why the modern man must learn to deal with it, the patriarch stressed.

„Just as the exponents of Hesychasm, asceticism, did. That principle still applies. They used Jesus’ prayer. Why? To prevent every bad, every evil, every false and wrong thought that wants to sully their minds, they used the words – Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner, so that they could then go down into their hearts with their minds, where there is no foreign and false information, and encounter the most important and the only authentic information that comes from above – from God,“ the patriarch said.

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