My soul ache is unbearable and has one irresolvable question: if my rifle took lives, does it mean that I, Mikhail Kalashnikov, aged 93, a peasant woman’s son, an Orthodox Christian in faith, is guilty of those people’s deaths, even if they were enemies?
So he asked in a "published letter to the head of the Russian Church" reported on here — 'Am I guilty?' AK-47 maker's near-death torment
. We learn that
Kalashnikov himself, even though he was baptized as a child, spent most of his life as an atheist living in an officially atheist country. It was only at the age of 91 that he felt the call of faith and answered it.
We also learn, that like the Catholic Church, "that the Orthodox Church does not condemn making weapons for the defense of one’s motherland, or using them against aggressors."
Labels: Eastern Churches, Holy Mother Russia, Passings, Peace