Russia’s Religious Leaders Tardily Forgive Pussy RiotS

Now that three members of Pussy Riot are safely behind bars for the next two years, the Russian Orthodox Church has seen fit to employ its Christian ethos ironically and forgive the punk rockers. Two of Russia's most prominent religious leaders convened on state-run TV Saturday morning to absolve Pussy Riot of their "punk prayer" in Christ the Savior Church in Moscow. After Tikhon Shevkunov, head of Moscow's Sretensky Monastery and Vladimir Putin's purported spiritual adviser, said that he forgave Pussy Riot, Archpriest Maxim Kozlov offered his forgiveness, adding sanctimoniously that he hoped Pussy Riot and their supporters "realize that their acts are awful." Then the two religious men took out a life-size crucifix, unzipped their pants, and urinated all over it, metaphorically speaking.

Russian Orthodox Church forgives Pussy Riot [AP via Yahoo!]