For taking the words of Jesus Christ and perverting them in order to bully a group of young women into towing the party line, today's "Screwtape Award" goes to the Russian Orthodox Church. Well done, fellas. You doing a wonderful job of keeping the spirit of Stalin alive and well in your corrupt, failed (at the first hurdle) democracy.
The Russian Orthodox Church believes repentance will “benefit the souls” of Pussy Riot feminist punkers.
“Let us repeat again, acts like this insulting the feelings of believers must be condemned and punished, no matter what arguments may be used to justify them. This position is shared by an overwhelming majority of our citizens,” Vladimir Legoida, head of the Synodal Information Department, said in a statement ahead of the court’s sitting to hear the Pussy Riot cassation appeal.
At the same time, the Russian Orthodox Church sincerely wishes “those who desecrated a holy place” should repent because “this will benefit their souls,” he said. “Considering that the aim of punishment is correction, some words by the offenders of the law evidencing their repentance and rethinking of what their have done should be heard and they should get a chance to embark upon the path of correction,” the statement said.
"Path of correction?" I think someone has been reading the Russian translation of "Fifty Shades of Grey." That's the trouble with having power and authority. You can too easily turn sick little fantasies into reality.