in theory at least, separated from the political power. IE. state funds can’t be used directly to construct churches
America was founded on the principles of religious fanaticism and perpetuated by such.
Caleb Ramsby

The same is here. But everyone knows that the separation is only theoretical. Priests are on a state payroll but they are allowed to accept ‘donations’ and a lot of money is laundered through the church. You wouldn’t believe the cars some (many) priests drive. They even try to influence the elections in their sermons, although the church is supposed -by law- to be apolitical. Religion is a most lucrative business -no input, maximum output. The head of the church -the predominant one is the Orthodox Christian rite- has the title of Patriarch(!) and it is a title for life. The former was called Patriarch Theoctist and he was a member of the secret police, he held that position starting from the years of communism and kept it long after communism fell until he died. Communist secret services used them as informants, as they performed confession. They still do that- both the priests and the services. The present one is called Patriarch Daniel and he is also from within the ranks of the secret services. Most of the active population don’t take religion seriously, they look at it more like tradition. I most certainly don’t and can’t, especially that I will never forget the parties I’ve been to with students who were in training to become priests in my university years:)

Thanks for the lesson I took from your post. What do you do for a living? (you don’t have to answer, of course, I’m just admitting that I can’t help being curious)

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