Patriarch Awarded Shoe
Published: Jun 21, 2012 (Issue # 1713)
MOSCOW — The Russian Orthodox Church reacted strongly after Patriarch Kirill was given the Silver Shoe award, handed out any year “for the most indeterminate achievements in show business.”
At an elaborate endowment ceremony, the patriarch was given the prize for “the unblemished disappearance of a watch” in the difficulty of “miracles adult to the elbows,” RIA-Novosti reported. The award difficulty is a reference to a Photoshop flub in which an expensive watch was digitally private from the patriarch’s arm though the thoughtfulness remained, exposing the alteration attempt.
The presenters also used the name used by the eremite personality before he became patriarch — Vladimir Gundyayev.
“If people wish to make fun of the church and its leader, the question arises: How do they describe to the life of the church, and do they comprehend that their jokes on the personality … provoke an enormous volume of their countrymen, parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Church?” the church’s orator Alexander Volkov pronounced Wednesday, RIA-Novosti reported.
Volkov saw traces of an anti-church debate in the ceremony, observant that in the arise of anti-church events in the past few months, it can be seen as an “event designed by active opponents of the church and its leadership.”
The Silver Shoe award, combined by radio hire Silver Rain, was given out for the 16th time by socialite and opposition figure horde Ksenia Sobchak, who came on stage in the dress of a centaur, finish with the back finish of a equine attached.