Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Orthodox and Catholic Bishops Team Up To Back Crucifix Bid

Oh, oh… the court is messing with Serbs… that’s NOT a wise move… they DO eat their spinach, and they know what to do afterwards!

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The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) and the Catholic Church in Serbia backed efforts in Italy to reinstate the crucifix in schools. The dignitaries of the two churches said they “defend the right to display religious symbols in the states with a majority of Christian citizens and at the same time they honour freedom of religion for minorities”. The Catholic Church in Serbia stated that all its members, believers, priests, and its bishop fully support Italy’s fight for public display of Christian holy symbols in state schools and other educational institutions in future. Through a declaration adopted on 24 June, the European Court of Human Rights decided that Christian symbols must not be displayed in schools and other educational institutions. “We appreciate and honour the opinion of every citizen in multiethnic and multicultural Europe, but we still believe that Christians have right to their own opinion and to a public expression of their religious affiliation”, the Catholic Church in Serbia noted in a statement. The Catholic Church in Serbia expressed gratitude to, as they put it, the brotherly SPC, for it has also backed the initiative. The SPC Holy Synod of Bishops supported the initiative of the Catholic Church in Serbia at a session held on 24 June. “We hope that this important and noble initiative will be affirmed before the European Court of Human Rights”, the SPC stated.

30 June 2010

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