The head of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), Patriarch Kirill, said that opponents of the construction of churches want to return Russia in the 1920–1930s, when the Bolsheviks demolished the church and fought against manifestations of religiosity. He stated this during the consecration of the Assumption Church in the Sarov desert in the Nizhny Novgorod region.
“The temples are being built and opened precisely because the people need them, and this is our main answer to the temporalists who want to turn history back, to return it again in the 1920–1930s,” the TASS patriarch quotes.
Patriarch Kirill believes that once again to return to the beginning of the 20th century, when “temples were destroyed and when external signs of any religiosity were forbidden,” will not work, because, according to his estimates, it is impossible to enter the same historical process twice. “Today is another country, another people, and therefore, please do not disturb us,” the patriarch asked all opponents of the construction of temples. He believes that in this way “temporalists” only close their way to God.
According to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, the temples “are not built just like that, because someone wanted to.” However, he did not deny that there are initiators of construction in power. “The temple rises when its creation is supported by prayer, the spiritual power of the pious people,” the patriarch emphasized.
The most massive protest against the construction of the temple recently took place in Yekaterinburg. From May 13 to 19, residents of the city went to unauthorized meetings against the erection of the Cathedral of St. Catherine in the square near the drama theater. As a result, the city mayor’s office refused to build a temple near October Square.