RDS. Kirill: invasion of the government into the life of the Church – a civilizational catastrophe

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the session of the Supreme Church Council, on 26 December 2018.

Ukraine could become a precedent of how easy it can be to deal with any laws, orders and rights if it is necessary the powerful.

December 26, summing up the year at the meeting of the Supreme Church Council, his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill said that today we are witnessing a civilizational disaster that can “be very dangerous afterword in the life of many countries.” About it reports a Press-service of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia.

According to the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, “the unprecedented intervention of state power” in the religious life takes place in a country that openly declares its commitment to European values.

“Among the European values one of the fundamental separation of Church and religion from the state, – said the Patriarch. – So, in violation of this fundamental European values, the state in the person of the President directly interferes in Church governance, we can say: being the head of something called the unification Church Council, involved in the negotiations with Constantinople regarding the so-called Tomos, and all this in the face of television cameras, for the whole world. <…> So, can trample fundamental rights, can violate the laws if this is achieved a particular political goal”.

This goal, according to the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, is the desire to “break the last ties that bind our peoples, and this relationship is a spiritual relationship”.

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“What is happening in Ukraine can be used as a precedent – says his Holiness. – And so all that is supported, including religious pluralism, religious freedom and real human rights, in all likelihood, will cease to be untouchable, especially if all these values are, so to speak, will someone on the way to solution of certain political problems.”

The Patriarch is convinced that what is happening now in Ukraine is a very dangerous phenomenon for the whole world, because “Ukraine can become an example of how easy it can be to deal with any laws in any manner with any rights, including the human and if need be the powers that be”.

As reported by the SPM, the most Holy Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill has called “absolutely unsustainable” the newly formed Church in Ukraine and predicted her to an ignominious end.

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