Russian Orthodox prelate suggests Christians organize political parties
Catholic World News - January 13, 2012
The chief political spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church has suggested the creation of Christian political parties, prompting concerns among observers who note that the creation of political parties based on religious affiliation is illegal in Russia.
Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, who heads the public-affairs department for the Moscow Patriarchate, acknowledged the legal ban on religious parties, but said that a party could be organized without formally registering a religious alliance. He cited the Christian Democratic parties of western Europe as a possible precedent.
Such a political party could not have the explicit backing of the Orthodox Church, Archpriest Chaplin said. But it could embody the principles of Christian political activity.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our April expenses ($18,914 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!