Good...its nice to see unity amongst the various Churches. There seems to be a growing realization of the brotherhood amongst the sects. Hang together or hang separately, etc etc.
Oh well, this is good to see.
LOL! LOL! Russia is not in the EU and in Russia the separation of Church and state is now a gray zone. On the other hand, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Poland (four out of 27 members) are bound by the EU constitution to which they agreed voluntarily. They also have the option of leaving the Union over crosses in public schools and join Russia. Do you think that's realistic?
|Letter of the Most Holy Patriarch Kirill in support of the position of the Government of Italy regarding the decision of the European court to band Christian symbols in schools
The decision of the European court of human rights on the case of Lautsi vs. Italy of Nobvember 3, 2009, in which it is asserted that the presence of crucifixes in state schools of Italy violates human rights, caused alarm in the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Christian heritage of Italy and other countries of Europe must not become subject under jurisdiction of the European institutions that support human rights. Christian religious symbols that are present in the public space of Europe -- is a part of pan-european identity without which the past, the present and the future of this continent are unthinkable. The anti-religious ideology must not be established under the guise of safeguarding the secular character of the state, the ideology that in a self-evident way violates the peace of society as it discriminates against the religious majority on Europe, the Christians.
We proclaim our complete and without reservation support of the intention of the Government of Italy to appeal this decision in the Grand Palate of the Euriopean Court. The European democracy must not facilitate christianophobia and liken itself to the militant atheist regimes of the past.
The Russian Orthodox Church intends, in collaboration with the Roman Catholic Church, to bring to the attention of the international and European communities its categorical rejection of similar decisions, and also to stimulate a discussion of the practice of the European court on human rights in various podia.
+Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia.
[Translation mine. A-x.]
Russians to Italians. Go figure. Meanwhile, in America....