2009-12-14 16:14:00

Archbishop Hilarion protects female parishioners in trousers

Moscow, December 14, Interfax – Head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk urges to be more tolerant of the way parishioners are dressed.

Sometimes casual dressed young men and girls in trousers came to the Church “to find support and understanding, but were subjected to insults and humiliation,” the Archbishop told the Church and World program (the Vesti TV).

He considers such attitude “a disease we should fight against,” the DECR website reported on Monday.

Archbishop Hilarion points out that women’s trouser suits have been produced in Russia and in the West for over 80 years, thus we cannot consider trousers men’s clothing only. “The Lord looks at a person’s heart, not at his or her cloths,” he stressed.