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Patriarch: Church-state partnership level is lower in Russia than in U.S., Europe

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
      http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=10416 2013-04-26 14:57:00 Church-state partnership level is lower in Russia than in U.S., Europe - Patriarch
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      2013-04-26 14:57:00
      Church-state partnership level is lower in Russia
      than in U.S., Europe - Patriarch
      Moscow, April 26, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all
      Russia thinks that the level of relations between the church and the state does
      not match its potential.

      "The level of church-state partnership in Russia
      is much lower than in Germany where the state collect taxes for the Church,
      France where the president appoints bishops in the Alsace-Lorraine region,
      England where the monarch heads the Anglican Church, or even the United States
      where the president take his oath on a Bible," Patriarch Kirill said in an
      interview with Greece's church website Romfea.gr.

      Relations between the
      church and the state in Russia, just as in other countries of the canonical
      territory of the Russian Church, are based on mutual trust and respect, he
      said.

      "It is absolutely apparent that the Church does not interfere with
      the state administration and the state in Church's affairs. At the same time we
      co-work for the benefit of people," Patriarch Kirill said.

      It is hard to
      explain to many politicians and public figures the reason why Russia is having a
      spiritual renaissance "and they think that this happens thanks to a secret union
      between the Church and state bureaucracy," he said.

      "But this is not so.
      One cannot make people worship by force, that is why the development of
      church-state cooperation in our country is a natural result of people's choice
      of Russia's civilization identity destroyed by the Communist time," Patriarch
      Kirill said.

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