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The Moscow Patriarchate: Church is still too often placed in informational ghetto

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=4160 16 January 2008, 12:54 The Moscow Patriarchate: Church is still too often placed in informational ghetto
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      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
      Church’s 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 patriarch’s –
      IF) voice was simply ignored by the majority
      including mass media’, Fr. Mikhail stated.

      When commenting on clergy’s 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 Patriarchate’s representative noted.
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