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Russian Orthodox Church not to make morals fit to secular indifferent society

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=3588 05 September 2007, 16:54 Russian Orthodox Church not to make morals fit to secular indifferent society
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      05 September 2007, 16:54
      Russian Orthodox Church not to make morals fit to secular indifferent society

      Sibiu (Romania), September 5, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church
      opposes some Christian groups seeking to compromise morals and ethics
      to make them more acceptable for secular society.

      'Why the idea of the evolution of moral norms is so popular among
      some Christians? It seems to me that in this position the secular
      spirit of this world may be felt,' the chairman of the Moscow
      Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan
      Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad said at the plenary meeting of the
      Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania, on Thursday.

      According to him, some Christian communities 'have unilaterally
      revised biblical norms or behavior' so that 'in a time they may
      acknowledge the value of life and one's right to die, the value of
      family and acceptability of same-sex relationship, the rights of
      children and deliberate termination of human embryos for medical purposes.'

      This liberal attitude is, on the one hand, preconditioned by certain
      tendencies in Christian theology that 'interpret salvation by faith
      alone to the prejudice of the moral state of man,' he said.

      However, he added, 'there are suspicious similarities between how
      morals are seen in some Christian groups' and the double standards
      spreading in secular society.

      Metropolitan Kirill expressed his anxiousness over this approach
      becoming obligatory for all 'through adoption of certain legislations
      in some European countries and international organizations.'

      'If the a power tries to compel the Christians to do or help doing
      things that contradict their faith or moral norms, this power will
      become unacceptable and hostile to the Christians,' the metropolitan said.
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