Alexy II hopes that the Church's new generation of priests will
speed the process turning people towards the Church
Moscow. October 5. INTERFAX Alexy II, Patriarch of Moscow and All-
Russia is not totally satisfied with the way Orthodoxy is developing
"Through the mercy of God, we have been able to accomplish much
during the last few years. However, all this cannot, in any way, be
compared to the task that lies ahead which needs to be done for the
glory of God, said Alexy II in an interview with the magazine 'Foma'
According to the Patriarch, "the process of turning the people
towards the church is proceeding slowly, and this is the fault of
"I very much hope that a new generation will invigorate the Church
and find new means to preach Orthodoxy" noted Alexy II.
Moreover, he added that at the beginning of the 1990s, "many of us
witnessed the so-called religious boom: people assigned a greater
role to the Church; they sought Truth in the temple."
"I cannot say for certain, that we were able to live up to society's
hopes in each case; some priests themselves were not prepared for
this", said the leader of the Russian Church.
In response to a question during a discussion about Mel
Gibson's "The Passion of Christ" and Martin Scorcese's "The Last
Temptation of Christ, the Patriarch noted that, during the film
shoot, M. Gibson was guided by a deep religious feeling."
"Unfortunately, we do not encounter anything of this sort, in the
second film ('The Last Temptation of Christ' Inferfax). On the
contrary, the director tries to attribute his personal passions to
Jesus Christ. This not only offends believers' feelings, but also
distorts historical reality", emphasized the Patriarch.