10 April 2013, 15:49
Patriarch Kirill says feminism offers wrong priorities for woman's role in society
Moscow, April 10, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia said he criticizes feminism.
"I consider this phenomenon called feminism very dangerous, because feminist organizations proclaim the pseudo-freedom of women, which must appear firstly outside of marriage and outside of family," the patriarch said at a meeting with members of the Ukrainian Union of Orthodox Women in Moscow.
Patriarch Kirill said that the center of the feminist ideology was not family and the upbringing of children "but another function of women, which is often opposed to family values." It is no coincidence that most feminist leaders are unmarried, the patriarch said.
"I noticed this when I worked in Geneva, at the World Council of Churches, when the feminist theme was just beginning to develop," he said.
Patriarch Kirill said there was nothing wrong with women pursuing careers, politics, business and many other spheres, "which today involve men mostly", but the system of priorities should be straight.
A woman is first and foremost "a guardian of the family fire and centre of the family life," the Patriarch said.
"A man is gazing outwards, he must work and make money, while a woman is always gazing inwards, where her children are, where her home is. If this incredibly important function of a woman is destroyed, then everything will be destroyed - the family and, if you wish, the motherland," Patriarch Kirill said.
The patriarch said that today "the opinion is being imposed that woman's calling to be a mother is humiliating, that there are higher and more honorable duties and that fulfilling woman's natural devotion - and I would like call this devotion - puts a woman in an inferior position to a man."
"I have a lot of contact with married people. I have seen very few families where a woman was in an inferior position. If one puts a powerful microscope and looks closely, in particular at a husband, and then analyzes the information, it will become clear who the head of the family is," the patriarch said.
Patriarch Kirill said women's organizations were the ones to pay attention to such issues as divorces, orphans and birth rate decline.