Byelorussian Orth. primate re: clerical careers
Byelorussian Orthodox primate suggests unusual condition for
Minsk, May 30, Interfax - Promotion of non-monastic clergy should
depend on the number of their children, Metropolitan Filaret of
Minsk and Slutsk opines.
`We tell our priests that they should have more children. If you
want to become archpriest, have five kids,' Metropolitan Filaret
told journalists in Minsk before the opening of a conference on
He said he was `very much concerned' about high number of abortions
in Byelorussia. Many women who come to confession have had
abortions. `They should understand that abortion is a disease,'
Metropolitan Filaret said.
However, Byelorussian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Kosinets said
that the number of abortions has reduces twice in Byelorussia during
the previous five years.
Still, he confessed that today abortions are not legally restricted