The Inter-Council Presence of the Russian Orthodox Church, an advisory body that helps draft church policy, has suggested ending the practice of consecrating both some conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction. The proposal will be under review until at least June 1. Members of the Inter-Council Presence argue that consecrating weapons doesn’t reflect the church’s traditions and should be “abolished from pastoral practice.”
The Russian Orthodox Church has been reconsidering its policy on consecrating weapons since last summer. Russian priests are known for blessing many of Russia’s deadliest killing machines. In recent years, clergy have consecrated Su-25 fighter jets, Su-34 tactical bombers, and more.