Moscow Patriarchate believes the state shouldnt be neutral in religious sphere
03 December 2008, 13:00
The Moscow Patriarchate believes the state
shouldnt be neutral in religious sphere
Moscow, December 3, Interfax The Russian
Orthodox Church believes the state cant keep
neutrality in religious sphere before present-day challenges.
Today all CIS countries arrive at the opinion
that the state cant be neutral in religious
sphere, cant keep neutrality in front of
ideologies disguised in religion that evidently
threaten with interreligious conflicts, Deputy
Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department
for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod
Chaplin at a Moscow conference.
He went on to say that at present moment, states
of the former USSR stick to the principle of
selective support of one or several religious
communities with protection of basic rights of all such communities.
Considering that monopoly of secularism for
public order has finally become the thing of the
past, the Church official expressed an opinion
that today the state need to initiate a dialogue
with religion and even insist on it.