The Moscow Patriarchate: Church is still too often placed in informational ghetto
16 January 2008, 12:54
The Moscow Patriarchate: Church is still too
often placed in informational ghetto
Moscow, January 16, Interfax Mass media
intentionally ignores the Russian Orthodox
Churchs opinion on acute problems of modern
society, the head of the Moscow Patriarchate
Department for External Church Relations'
communication service Fr. Mikhail Prokopenko thinks.
The Church speaks up (on various social problems
IF) and it has done it already for a long time,
but unfortunately, informational ghetto of the
Soviet times and years of early democracy, has
not been universally eliminated, Fr. Mikhail
stated on air of the Echo of Moscow radio station.
According to him, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow
and All Russia more than once commented on the
Chechen war and always called the war evil,
while he accepted the necessity to stop bandit
outrage and murder of peaceful citizens. The
recent acute problem of monetized privileges was
also assessed by the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, the priest noted.
However, so happened that his (the patriarchs
IF) voice was simply ignored by the majority
including mass media, Fr. Mikhail stated.
When commenting on clergys participation in the
work of a public council on morality at the TV,
initiated recently by Orthodox journalists, Fr.
Mikhail stressed that the Church does not
pretend to play the role of a censor that journalists often imposed on it.
The Church does not incline to lead prohibitive
work, to bond and not let go. However, the Church
reserves the right to express its opinion
publicly on the processes that are taking place
in the society, especially in the sphere of
public morality. And no one can make the Church
become silent, the Moscow Patriarchates representative noted.