Christian politics has a future in Russia
05 June 2007, 16:55
Christian politics has a future in Russia - Moscow Patriarchate
Moscow, June 5, Interfax - There is a future for Christian politics
in Russia, a spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church said.
'A number of attempts has been made in Russia to create Orthodox and
broader Christian political unions. They all generally failed because
we are all allergic to autocratic leadership,' the vice-chairman of
the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations
Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said as he participated in the Orthodox
Encyclopedia TV program.
Christian politics, he added, 'will grow in Russia, and maybe will
take not the way of a distinctively Christian political force, but
the way of Christians becoming intrinsic to various political forces.'
'This way is more complex and less clear. But I think it is emerging
in Russia gradually,' Fr. Vsevolod said.
According to him, the Church's objective in her relations with a
broader world is not to agitating for one or another political party:
'It was what the Church meant when she said through her episcopate
that she stayed above political strife, which is always society-divisive.'
'The purpose of the Church is to grow up the human being in such a
manner that when voting he or she could be responsive to the
spiritual values expressed by spiritual politics,' he said.