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Georgian monasteries to take in prisoners

15 March 2010
Monks sometimes speak of their monastic life as “my repentance”, and in the USA prisons are sometimes called “penitentiaries”. Now in Georgia there is a proposal that the two concepts be combined.
clipped from news.bbc.co.uk
Officials in the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia have announced a scheme to let prisoners shorten their jail terms by spending time in a monastery instead.
To say that the Orthodox Church plays an important and influential role in Georgia is an understatement.
Some 80% of its population are said to be Orthodox Christians and its leaders have at times played a part in politics.
Now the Church has gone a step further by directly offering to help reform certain criminals by handing them a cassock and allowing them to serve out their sentence as monks.
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  1. Darrell permalink
    15 March 2010 6:27 am

    “Prison is the Monastery of the devil. It’s all just like a Monastery, only the other way around — we are taught humility, while there they cultivate pride.”

    Alexei Tatarnikov ~ Monk Trofim

    http://thehandmaid.wordpress.com/new-martrys-of-the-optina-pustyn-monastery/#comment-866

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