was written capital punishment was considered to be abolished in
The second relation of the Church to a question of life was
with regard to war and executions.
At that time Russia was at war. And Russians, in the name of
Christian love, began to kill their fellow men. It was impossible
not to think about this, and not to see that killing is an evil
repugnant to the first principles of any faith. Yet prayers were
said in the churches for the success of our arms, and the teachers