“Our entire church community, the clergy, and active laymen have no intention of giving up and stopping our work to promote moral values and evangelical principles in the life of our people. We have no intention of stopping our missionary work, preaching, and public activities,” Patriarch Kirill told Interfax-Religion before Orthodox Christmas.
“We will continue caring for the poor and the sick, we will continue to openly call sins sins. That’s what our Savior called on us to do. He also warned us that people will resist the word of God and the world will rise against the Church,” the Patriarch said.
The anti-church campaigns that took place in 2012 are a consequences of the strengthening of the Church positions and influence in society, he said. The Patriarch also said people’s confidence in the church and the clergy is high in Russia, which is confirmed by public opinion polls, “and that gives to peace to the enemy of mankind and those who follow him.”
“They would like to see our church as silent in the face of sin, lawlessness, and injustice. They would like it to be inconspicuous – not persecuted, not banned, not exiled. Or they would like to see it as just folklore, some exotic embellishment of folk life, which has no real influence on people’s minds and hearts,” he said.
Patriarch Kirill said more and more people in public and political life are becoming firm in their morals, which are based on evangelical values, adding that these people some from various social groups, have various levels of education and income, and often have various political views.
“I am happy that our society is becoming more perceptive to the word on Christ. This doesn’t mean that we need to calm down and rest on our laurels. On the contrary, this means we should work with more energy, resist injustice, lies, and sin more actively,” the Patriarch said.