Orthodoxy in the Midst of War

Some (or all) of my Orthodox readers may have seen this or something similar.  For those interested, the International Herald Tribune has an article today on response of the Russian and Georgian Orthodox churches to the current military conflict.

Patriarch Aleksy appealed for peace when the war broke out, though his statement wasn’t nearly as strong as the one sent to the Kremlin by Gerogian Patriarch Ilia. I was pleasantly surprised that the Moscow Patriarchate did not immediately assume jurisdiction over the churches in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.