15 March 2012, 12:47
Church is ready to send a priest to detained Pussy Riot
Moscow, March 15, Interfax - Orthodox priest can come to the interrogation unit, where the Pussy Riot participants are held and talk to them but no such requests have been received, the Russian Church officials says.
"A priest can and its his mission to come to any person who asks him about the talk and such a conversation can take place in the interrogation unit," head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin told Interfax-Religion on Thursday.
Saying that repentance is the way to forgiveness, the priest reminded words of the Synodal Information Department head Vladimir Legoyda who also said that if the girls asked, a priest would immediately come to them. The most important thing is that they do not make another performance of it.
"However, neither those who stay in the interrogation unit nor other participants in the group have requested to meet with a priest. There is no desire to repent either. On the contrary, the group continues their aggressive attacks in their blog. They've just published the text of a new song with a very aggressive content. But the doors of repentance are always open, and it means the doors of mercy are open too," the interviewee of the agency said.
On February 21, the feminist punk group Pussy Riot gave a performance near the entrance to the altar of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The young women said their performance was "a punk prayer." A criminal case was opened on the basis of the Russian Criminal Code article dealing with hooliganism. Three of the women have recently been detained, and two of them have been arrested.
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