Moscow, July 13, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church does not share the opinion of the head of the Church of England, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who said amid protests against George Floyd's murder that Jesus Christ might also have been a Black man.
"If such rhetoric is now used to reconcile people of different races, maybe there are some good intentions behind it, but we can hardly use rhetoric of such a nature seriously," Metropolian Hilarion, head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, said on the Rossiya 24 television channel.
It would be more appropriate in those countries where racial conflicts take place to talk about the Christian teaching, forgiveness, about that there is no need to avenge the evil done, that any indignation against the current order may be turned into constructive criticism, which would yield positive results and that all Christians are meant to pray for those alive and dead, he said.
Returning to the subject of the color of Christ's skin, the metropolitan mentioned that there are many theories about the Savior's ethnicity and origin, but according to all four Books of the Gospel, Jesus was Jewish.
"And we don't know what color His skin was, but it is utterly impossible to suggest that he was Black, because He was not an African, and those people who live in the region where He lived, they have either white or olive skin, but not black skin," the metropolitan said.
It does not matter for Christians what color Jesus' skin was, because they honor him as the incarnation of God, he said.