27 May 2019, 18:14
Churches in Russia to keep being built as long as people need it - Patriarch Kirill
Strasbourg, May 27, Interfax - Most people support the construction of churches in Russia, and resistance to this process is a manifestation of irrational emotional anger, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said at Strasbourg Airport upon the conclusion of his visit to France.
Commenting on the statement he made on Sunday that the Orthodox Church builds three churches every day, Patriarch Kirill said 9,000 churches have been built over the past nine years.
"The construction of churches is not the implementation of someone's designs, the designs of someone in the government. It's impossible to build a church by order. Churches are built by people and for people," he said.
Except for some "political-exotic cases," the people actively support the construction of churches, Patriarch Kirill said. "And as long as the people feel the need to have churches, including within walking distance, these divine churches will keep being built," he said.
"If we face an irrational and aggressive reaction to the construction of churches, this is a dark story. If rational factors are lacking and if there is an irrational manifestation of anger, then who might have the anger to oppose the construction of an altar in a church dedicated to our Lord and Savior?" he said.
"Unfortunately, there are people who consciously or unconsciously assist this opponent, including in fighting against churches. I believe this is an exotic and very rare phenomenon, and God forbid some of this should spread around our Orthodox land," he said.
The patriarch said in Strasbourg on Sunday that the Russian Orthodox Church builds three churches a day on average.