This is to show what a holy man Patriarch Kiril is.
God bless him. I hope His oliness will be able to unite people.
Do holy people wear Breguet watch made of pure gold, with a strap made of crocodile skin, costing from 28,000 to 36,000 euro (http://korrespondent.net/ukraine/events/918683)? Just askin'...
Actually, you can get one online with free shipping from $99 to $152.00 at
This watch is Russian-themed "Le Reveil du Tsar."
I'm thinking of getting one myself.
Although I'd have to hide it from reporters if I visit the Ukraine. . .
Father, I thought you, as a monk, cannot have any property - am I wrong?
In my case, yes. But I am not the norm of monastic life. I was sent out of my monastery 28 years ago to care for 3 Russian parishes. I was not provided with any money and have never received a salary from the parishes or diocese. I have had to provide for myself (apart from airfares to parishes, donations for weddings and funerals) and live on a level of poverty which my countrymen would find hard to tolerate. It's all good!
Strange. I thought it was a norm (or even a law) for any monk to give up all property. So, a monk who buys an expensive watch for himself... I can't even place it in my head.
How nice if I had been able to "give up all property" and someone else assumed the worries of providing a place for me to live out of the rain, clothes for my back and food for the body
Since the ecclesiastical authorities and the faithful did not provide these things, I suppose I could have slept on the streets and truly given up all property. Truly a Christ-like way to live and a fine example to the city! "The foxes and the birds of the air... but the Son of Man hath nowhere to lay his head..." I certainly "gave up all property" in the sense that I "worked" full-time for the parishes for 30 years without receiving a dollar.
This article by a senior priest of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad about the truly awful poverty of our priests and the indifference of the laity will appall youhttps://listserv.indiana.edu/cgi-bin/wa-iub.exe?A2=ind0006A&L=ORTHODOX&P=R8636
I think in my case it was exacerbated, because, as a monk without a family, people thought I was holy enough to exist on fresh air.
I have never owned a watch since I have been a monk. I couldn't afford one. But is a $99 imitation Breguet seen as expensive in the States?