2007-03-28 14:11:00

Moscow Patriarchate: Russia may some day become Orthodox monarchy

Moscow, March 28, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church believes contemporary Russian society does not feel any special piety toward the government, but cannot rule out the future emergence of an Orthodox monarchy in Russia.

"I would really like the moral condition of our society to be restored so that one day we could perhaps have an Orthodox monarchy," said Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, the head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations.

A monarchy has always prompted a ruler to be "tremendously ascetic," Metropolitan Kirill said. "What does it really mean not to be able to marry someone you want to and be obliged to follow state interests in making a private choice? This means to suppress your will," he said.

"When princes from modern Western royal families marry secretaries, this means the absolute degradation of the monarchy principle. It seems like it would be better if such monarchies did not exist at all," he said.

"Why did the monarchy collapsed in Russia in 1917? Precisely because the people's moral condition did not meet the monarchic government principle," Metropolitan Kirill said on Mayak radio.