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Orthodox Church Forms New Caucasus Eparchy

by coldwarrior ( 17 Comments › )
Filed under Chechnya, Christianity, Islam, Russia, Special Report at December 30th, 2012 - 10:32 am

The Orthodox church is expanding directly into the muslim Caucusus.


Orthodox Church Forms New Caucasus Eparchy

28 December 2012 | Issue 5044
The Moscow Times

The Orthodox Church has formed a new entity covering the predominantly Muslim North Caucasus regions of Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan.

The Makhachkala Eparchy was set up by the Holy Synod, the church’s supreme governing body, church spokesman Vladimir Legoida said late Wednesday, after the two-day session ended, Interfax reported.

The new eparchy, which will be cut out from the existing Vladikavkaz Eparchy, comprises the country’s most unstable regions and will pose a challenge to the church, an analyst said.

Dagestan and Ingushetia have been at the epicenter of a violent insurgency by Islamic extremists. Chechnya has been relatively quieter but has also seen attacks by suicide bombers recently.

It will be headed by Bishop Varlaam, who hitherto headed a monastery in Murom, a city east of Moscow.

The move is consistent with the policy of Patriarch Kirill of bringing the church’s territorial makeup closer to the country’s political divisions, said Roman Lunkin, an expert with the European Center of the Academy of Sciences.

Lunkin added that moving bishops into traditionally Muslim regions also poses risks. “Now it will be easier to accuse the church of proselytism,” he said.

Mr Lunkin does not like the Church expanding into the muzz areas! How dare they!



Originally the name of one of the divisions of the Roman Empire. Diocletian (284-305) and Maximian divided the empire into four great Prefectures (Gaul, Italy, Illyricum, and the East). Each was subdivided into (civil) Dioceses, and these again into Eparchies under governors (praesides, pegemones). The Church accepted this division as a convenient one for her use. The Prefectures of Gaul, Italy, and Illyricum made up the Roman Patriarchate; the Prefecture of the East was divided (in the fourth century) between the Patriarchs of Alexandria and Antioch and three exarchs. The Diocese of Egypt was the Patriarchate of Alexandria, the Diocese of the East (not to be confused with the Prefecture of the East) became that of Antioch. Asia was under the Exarch of Ephesus, Pontus under Cappadocia, and Thrace under Heraclea. Under these patriarchates and exarchates came the eparchies under metropolitans; they had under them the bishops of the various cities. The original ecclesiastical eparchies then were provinces, each under a metropolitan. The First Council of Nicaea (325) accepts this arrangement and orders that: “the authority [of appointing bishops] shall belong to the metropolitan in each eparchy” (can. iv). That is to say that in each such civil eparchy there shall be a metropolitan bishop who shall have authority over the others. This is the origin of our provinces. Later in Eastern Christendom the use of the word was gradually modified and now it means generally the diocese of a simple bishop. The name Eparchy is, however, not commonly used except in Russia. There it is the usual one for a diocese. The Russian Church now counts eighty-six eparchies, of which three (Kiev, Moscow, and St. Petersburg) are ruled by bishops who always bear the title “Metropolitan”, and fourteen others are under archbishops.

The new Eparchy greatly increases the Church’s role and influence in the Caucuses and is a rather provocative act done on purpose by the Church to fight muslim expansion. The new Eparchy will have a Metropolitan and a central Cathedral. So, who will protect these churches and these Christians amongst the muslim hoardes?I think this article may shed some light on that question:

Defense Minister Pledges Support for Church


Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday pledged his support for the Russian Orthodox Church, promising to re-establish the close ties that bound religious and military officials before the October Revolution in 1917.

“We will continue to support the Russian Orthodox Church with renewed energy and, most importantly, restore those traditions that existed under the Russian [pre-revolutionary] government,” Shoigu said at a meeting with Patriarch Kirill, the country’s top Orthodox Church official, RIA-Novosti reported.

Shoigu, who was installed as defense minister in early November after his predecessor was ousted amid a corruption scandal, worked closely with the church in his capacity as emergency situations minister, a post he held for almost two decades.

Russian authorities are often accused of an overly cosy relationship with church officials….

At the meeting with Shoigu on Friday, the patriarch expressed hope that his appointment would lead to a strengthening of Russia’s armed forces.

“Understanding the importance of the responsibility placed on your shoulders, we will pray for you. At every service, the church prays for the country’s authorities and its army,” Patriarch Kirill said.

Something tells me that the Russians might be looking for a fight. And hat is a good thing.



Russians and Kabardinians Fight Back Against Muslim Terror



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17 Responses to “Orthodox Church Forms New Caucasus Eparchy”
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  1. darkwords
    1 | December 30, 2012 2:49 pm

    Interesting. I would hope that Putin would use the church in that area to roll back the muslims. Use it as an excuse to militarize the church there and tear down a few mosques due to underuse.

    I can never keep the hierarchies of the old churches clear. I must have been a pagan in my last lifetime.

    What is interesting to me is the resurgence of the church in Russia. If they get a few charmismatic leaders, they might out worship the heathen US.

  2. darkwords
    2 | December 30, 2012 2:51 pm

    A good muslim is just a naive person idling their time until an old guy with a beard beheads them.

  3. darkwords
    3 | December 30, 2012 2:53 pm

    The problem with Rome was that they ended up letting the wine snobs run the empire. And maybe they couldn’t convince a few vandals to rule with beer.

  4. darkwords
    4 | December 30, 2012 2:53 pm

    Countries that grow grapes get beat up. Countries that grow hops beat people up.

  5. darkwords
    5 | December 30, 2012 2:54 pm

    But Russia is a different animal. A potato animal.

  6. darkwords
    6 | December 30, 2012 2:56 pm

    One thing I like about Russia were the women. Very practical. Served as the majority of the doctors. They seemed resilient and tough and loved to party. Well ages ago.

  7. darkwords
    7 | December 30, 2012 3:01 pm

    When I was in Russia. We had to bribe guards with marlboro cigarettes. Or tips as they call it. Single men were always the last person checked into a hotel with the check in clerk looking at me like I was crazy. The trains from Moscow to St. Petersburg were under siege by criminals stopping the trains and gassing and robbing the passenger. Potatoe flatulence we joked.

    A slavic look to the people. Seemed very depressed in Moscow until you entered a home. Then very lively extended families trying to survive.

    St Petersburg was a great city to visit.

    The McDonals in Moscow surpassed anything you can find in the US. The food tasted like 1000 times better. Very local food. not as barcoded as in the US.

  8. coldwarrior
    8 | December 30, 2012 3:44 pm

    darkwords wrote:

    One thing I like about Russia were the women.

    me too.


  9. coldwarrior
    9 | December 30, 2012 3:44 pm

    darkwords wrote:

    Interesting. I would hope that Putin would use the church in that area to roll back the muslims. Use it as an excuse to militarize the church there and tear down a few mosques due to underuse.

    i think that is the plan. clear the joint out.

  10. 10 | December 30, 2012 4:17 pm

    darkwords wrote:

    Countries that grow grapes get beat up. Countries that grow hops beat people up.

    Imperial Spain would beg to differ! 😉

  11. darkwords
    11 | December 30, 2012 5:59 pm

    @ Rodan: Una Cerveza helada por favor. Once they switched to wine they were toast. :-)

  12. 12 | December 30, 2012 9:20 pm

    Lunkin aside, I have a real concern here.

    This eparchy will be tied into Moscow. I don’t think anyone in that region will trust attempts to save their souls that come from the north. Back in the 1700s and 1800s, where Moscow found indigenous churches in the Caucasus, the Russians destroyed them and took them over. For instance, the Udi Church. These days, Christianity for the sake of Christ is the very last thing on Putin’s mind especially.

    Greek Orthodox, Catholic, or Protestant missions would at least not be backed up with an occupying army – they would be seen as genuine expressions of faith.

  13. 13 | December 31, 2012 12:04 pm

    CW, may I have your permission to mirror this article on 1389 Blog?

  14. 15 | December 31, 2012 4:16 pm

    darkwords wrote:

    Interesting. I would hope that Putin would use the church in that area to roll back the muslims. Use it as an excuse to militarize the church there and tear down a few mosques due to underuse.
    I can never keep the hierarchies of the old churches clear. I must have been a pagan in my last lifetime.

    Let me help you with the hierarchies of the Orthodox Church:

    1. Jesus Christ is the head of the Church

    2. The Apostles organized the Church and served as administrators for the Church and ordained Bishops to replace them.

    3. Presbyters take charge of local Church bodies. (Presbyters are also known as “Elders” and, in English, Presbyter is often shorted to shortened to simply “Priest.”

    4. Deacons help the Bishops and Presbyters. (The first recorded martyrdom in the Orthodox Church was of a Deacon named Stephen.)

    5. The Faithful or laity of the Church. (Note this is a term of art. The “Faithful” may not have that much faith at times. This is just positive thinking.)

    6. Catechumens are anyone who happens to be in a Orthodox Church who is not Orthodox. (We like to think of them as being on their way to the faith whether they are or not.)

    OK, they have a few other honors, but such honors do not change the rank in anyway. The Bishops have a concept of “First Amongst Equals.” Basically, it means that somebody has has to chair the meetings and the First Amongst Equals is kind of stuck with the job. He has no power over his fellow Bishops and the administration of their Churches. In someways, he has less power than Bishops without the honor. It is sort of like being Speaker of the House. You have your own constituency and have to take care of it. Everybody looks to you for leadership, but they don’t always follow your direction and you can easily be removed from office.

    Hopefully, that is clear enough. It often isn’t much clearer to those of us that are Orthodoxy. But, we just know one thing for sure about our hierarchy. That is: 1. Jesus Christ is the head of the Orthodox Church.

  15. darkwords
    16 | December 31, 2012 7:08 pm

    @ CzechRebel: Good explanation thanks

  16. Philip_Daniel
    17 | December 31, 2012 10:43 pm

    Until the 18th century, the ancestors of the Chechens, the Vainakhs, were largely shamanist, with a large minority professing Orthodox Christianity of the Georgian rite. In fact, until the invasions of Tamerlane, Dzurdzuketia was well within the Georgian sphere of influence.

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