31 December 2009, 12:20
Russian diplomats must not be speak humbly to foreign observers - Patriarch
Moscow, December 31, Interfax - It is impermissible to measure Russian life by the norms of somebody else's civilization and culture, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said at the Russian Civil Service Academy on Tuesday.
"We must strongly oppose attempts to be judged by alien criteria," he said.
The Russian foreign policy had long been trying "to prove to external observers that we are good guys and live by the same criteria but still have certain shortcomings," the Patriarch said.
"Our diplomats were humbly telling the critics, who tried to extrapolate their own criteria to our situation, that we were alike, good as they were and the critics simply had erroneous information and misunderstood us," he said.
Meanwhile, criteria applicable to another cultural environment "cannot be equally appropriate for Russia," Patriarch Kirill said.
Otherwise, claims of "the alleged threat of clericalization of the Russian society" will be made, just like they were in annual freedom of worship reports of the U.S. Department of State, he noted.
"A modern European oriented at success, prosperity and comfort yields to the passionate force the Islamic communities in Europe represent," he said.
The religious factor in public life has always been primary for Islamic countries, while many Europeans "are losing their ability to heroism and death in defense of home country," the Patriarch said.