Sergiyev Posad, November 16, 2015
The Russian Orthodox Church has called on people to learn the right lessons from the terrorist attacks in Paris and mobilize to fight terrorism.
"I am deeply grieved for people, and those are right who sympathize and pray for victims killed in the French capital. Eternal memory to these people. May the Lord be merciful to them in His judgement. What has happened is not only a reason for grief, it's also a reason to ask yourself: is it not a lesson to us all, can Europe continue living like it lived before? And that applies to Russia, too," head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, told a conference in the Moscow Spiritual Academy.
The priest reiterated that the fight against terrorism "is not computer games and a television picture." "The fight against terrorism requires mobilization, first of all spiritual, moral. No one can stay safe in his cozy capitalist philistine world," he said.
The priest said that "the age of tolerance, diversity, philosophical indifference and denial of truth," which characterized the 20th century, is over. "We need to understand: in the world of ideas, religious and public processes, there is good and evil, there are moral and immoral convictions and ideas, and there are also criminal convictions and views," he said.