Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $37,039 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Russians believe Orthodox Church needs protection, poll finds

Catholic World News - May 29, 2012

Nearly half of all Russians believe that the Orthodox Church is under attack, according to a new poll.

In a survey by the Vtsiom Center, 46% of respondents said that the Orthodox Church needs protection against public attacks, such as the series of media reports critical of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, while 37% saw no reason for such protection. A majority of respondents—53%--approved of Patriarch Kirill’s decision to convene a public demonstration in defense of the Orthodox Church, while only 9% opposed that event.

A slight majority of the Russians surveyed, 52%, identified themselves as members of the Orthodox Church. The 2nd-largest religious group, at 18%, was Muslim. Only 15% of the respondents said that they were non-believers, although another 28% said they were indifferent.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

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 seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,568 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,432.05
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

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!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Justin8110 - May. 29, 2012 8:04 PM ET USA

    May the good Lord protect and defend the Orthodox from both the twin evils of Islam and Secularism/indifferentism. It would be a shame if Orthodoxy were to dissappear in Russia. I would love them in union with us Catholics until then may God protect them. Orthodoxy and Russia went hand in hand until the Bolshevik revolution. I'm sure there are powerful secularist forces worldwide trying to stem Russia's return to a robust Orthodox Faith.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Pope is not the problem 15 hours ago
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. 17 hours ago
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22
Has the Vatican finally discovered how to avoid inaccurate English translations? October 22
The Synod: It's a Wrap! October 21

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6