2013-02-11 10:02:00

Monks in the spiritual center of Russians abroad don't pray for USA authorities because of their position on abortions

Moscow, February 11, Interfax - Monks of the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville (USA) - the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia do not pray for American authorities at Liturgies.

Such a decision was taken during Bill Clinton's presidency.The reason is legality of abortions in the country, the monastery's Father Superior and rector of the local seminary Archimandrite Luke (Muryanka) was cited as saying by the Voiny Zhizny (Warriors of Life) press service.

The movement's leader Dmitry Baranov has recently held a pilgrimage to Jordanville and talked to Father Luke.

According to the priest, at the Liturgy, they still pray "for this country, and those who live in it in faith and piety" without mentioning authorities and army.