A politician has instructed that every one future recruits to the priesthood be checked for legal data and have their psychological well being examined after an ex-con Russian Orthodox cleric revolted and took over a convent.
Yevgeny Marchenko, a member of the State Duma Committee on state-building and laws, has requested that clergymen be included on the “list of professions with a mandatory medical examination for mental illnesses” and that they supply “certificate of a previous or existing criminal record.”
Two weeks in the past, Shiigumen Sergius of the Central Ural Monastery entered the nationwide highlight after utilizing Cossack fighters to take over a girls’s convent. The priest is a former police officer who as soon as spent 13 years in jail for homicide.
Sergius’ coup came about in response to being stripped of his proper to evangelise, after calling Covid-19 a “pseudo-pandemic” and claiming that it was all a ruse to microchip the general public. He additionally complained that the closure of church buildings throughout the disaster was finished below strain from “the atheistic authorities.”
Following the deprivation of his job, Sergius ousted the rightful chief of the convent, Abbess Varvara, and refused to let in church hierarchy and journalists.
On June 26, Shiigumen Sergius was as a consequence of be tried earlier than the Ecclesiastical Court, however didn’t present up.
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