26 July 2010, 13:11
Patriarch Kirill urges clergy to avoid putting pressure on young people and seek common language with them
Dnepropetrovsk, July 26, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia urged the clergy to give responsible care to their missionary work with young people and seek common language with their young believers.
"I urge you to avoid pushing them (young people - IF) away, by all means, don't put them under pressure as happens sometimes. A youngster comes, and he/she is put under pressure like in the army and lectured, and then he/she suddenly disappears," Patriarch Kirill said Saturday in Dnepropetrovsk at a meeting with the clergy of the local diocese.
According to him, young people should "feel love emanating from the Church."
He said, "losing this generation, we lose our future." Patriarch Kirill believes that the Church "has never before enjoyed such favourable opportunity to preach Gospel, in particular, to young people."
He compared today's youngsters with an "open space" which is exposed to "dangerous cold winds, all sorts of infection and pest." Young people access negative information through various mass media, mass culture and Internet where they "look for anything that satisfies their flesh desires."
Patriarch believes that any prohibitions are irrelevant in this case.
"It is unreasonable to tell young people to "close up", it goes against their nature. This means bringing up handicapped individuals," the Patriarch said.
According to him, "the Church's appeal should impress young people more than anything they can hear in the street."