21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
What does that mean in the world of the Russian Orthodox Church? Not very much. By now, everyone is aware of “Pussy Riot” who have been sentenced to 2 years for offending some members of the Church. Today, the Vancouver Sun (AP News) reports that the members have been forgiven.
Tikhon Shevkunov, who heads Moscow’s Sretensky Monastery and is widely believed to be Putin’s spiritual counsellor, said on state TV Saturday that his church forgave the singers right after their “punk prayer” in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.
Archpriest Maxim Kozlov agreed, but he also said on state TV that his church hopes the young women and their supporters “realize that their acts are awful.”
I’m sure that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Ekaterina Samuzevich really appreciate this sentiment. Especially since it comes from two of the men who pressed charges in the first place.
Forgiveness is easy once you throw your critics in jail.