Moscow, November 22, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is alarmed by the rise of atheism in the West.
"What we are seeing today, particularly in Western countries, is far more dreadful than what happened to religion in the Soviet Union: the rapid atheization, the expulsion of God from human life, disregard for the divine, the moral law," the patriarch said at a meeting with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in Moscow.
There was a time when atheism was being planted in the Soviet Union, but "the weakness of that atheization consisted in the fact that it was a consequence of the plantation of an ideology, and ideologies do not live long: once an ideology is gone, there is less atheization," Patriarch Kirill said.
He is particularly alarmed by the enshrinement of the West's neglect of moral values in national legislation, which is "a very dangerous trend."
"If people, by virtue of the state law, are made to sympathize with sin or feel solidarity with sin, then the entry into a pre-apocalyptic reality is approaching," the patriarch said.