2021-07-19 11:07:00

No one has the right to make a decision on vaccination for a person Russian bishop

Moscow, July 19, Interfax - Archbishop Leonid of Vladikavkaz and Alania, deputy head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, said that everyone should make the decision on vaccination independently, but one should remember about responsibility to each other.

"To be vaccinated - not to be vaccinated? To be treated, but how exactly? Is this the end of modern days or not, and how much longer will the Lord give us to live? The questions are complex. It is hardly appropriate to give some advice. In the current situation, everyone makes a decision on their own, everyone decides with their own small Church," the bishop said in an interview published by Muzhskaya Rabota (Men's Work) website.

The archbishop stressed that he would not like to give advice to people, but reminded them that "first of all we must take care of each other, understand that we must bear each other's burdens and so we will fulfill the Law of Christ."

"We should not in any case, at the expense of our ego, question the health and life of other people. But we must also understand that the Lord created man free and, above all, endowed him with freedom of choice. No one has the right to make certain decisions for a person, especially concerning his personal health," Archbishop Leonid believes.

Earlier, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion, welcomed the initiative of the Moscow authorities to vaccinate at least 60% of citizens working in the service sector, and also repeatedly stated the need for mass vaccination.