Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Russian Church Should be Open to Debate - Patriarch Kirill | Religion | RIA Novosti:
The Russian Orthodox Church should be ready for public debates with its opponents but not reply in kind to a smear campaign against it, the church’s leader, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, said on Tuesday.
“Today, we are all witnesses to a powerful antichurch rhetoric that unfortunately coincided in time with the Great Lent,” the patriarch said while speaking at a meeting of the Church’s Supreme Church Council he led.
“We hear many attacks on the Church, to begin with the infamous case in the Christ the Savior Cathedral, followed by three appalling desecrations of churches,” Patriarch Kirill said.