22 August 2008, 13:41
The Moscow Patriarchate insists on children's right to study basics
of their religion in state schools
Moscow, August 22, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church believes
Russian children have a right to study their religious culture and
the only state school can provide them with such a possibility.
"Over 30, 000 buildings belonged to church schools before the October
revolution in Russia. However, nowadays no one in Moscow and other
cities will give these buildings back. No "great power" of the Church
that, according to some people, must make officials kneel down,
doesn't help here. We have no such power," deputy head of the Moscow
Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest
Vsevolod Chaplin said on air of the Finam FM radio station.
The priest reminded that private schools in Russia are schools for
rich or very rich people. The Church tries to set up non-governmental
schools in various regions of the country: there are about 20 such
schools in Moscow and one-two of them work in regional centers.
"However, 95 per cent of Russians consider state schools the only
place for educating children in compliance with their outlook", the
He pointed out to the positive example of state Jewish schools in
Russia, where children have a chance to study the basics of Judaism.