Metropolitan Hilarion: Russian Orthodox Church never advocated a ban of studying abroad

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The Russian Orthodox Church has never advocated the prohibition of study abroad, said the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. He was commenting on criticism of the first Deputy head of the Duma Committee on education Oleg Smolin (KPRF).

According to Smolin, the imposition of restrictions on sending children to study abroad is inefficient and would be contrary to the Constitution, and «no Church Hierarch could not change the Constitution and existing laws». The MP believes that this was a Metropolitan Hilarion in the broadcast television program «Church and world» on July 29.

«The Deputy Smolin, as if objecting to me, said to «echo of Moscow», that even if we assume the probability of making this kind of restrictions (that is supposedly suggested by me), they won’t take effect without an improvement of the situation in Russia itself. I’ll say it again: not a word was said to me about any restrictions or prohibitions. Not a word!» — said the Metropolitan.

«As for caring about the improvement of the situation in the country, this is what I was saying when he talked about how we in the Church creating a system of education, which try to preserve the best of traditions for centuries, at the same time adopting Western methodology, which has justified itself», — he added. The statement of the representative of the Russian Church was published by the press service of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media.

Metropolitan Hilarion explained that the program «Church and world» only warned parents of the possible negative consequences of receiving foreign education.

«In the program I was asked what advice I would give parents who want to send children to study abroad. I said literally the following: «When I was approached with such questions, and I am often treated, I always try to present the situation in a comprehensive manner. If there is a risk that the child will receive and then he will not return, I would certainly not advise parents to send these children abroad», — said the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.

«What does the Constitution and legislative prohibitions?» — it asked a question.

According to Metropolitan Hilarion, the Russian Church regularly sends its students to foreign universities and receives students from abroad. «On my personal account has about 100 students of our theological schools who are studying abroad, whether in Greece, in Serbia, in Italy, in America, in Switzerland, in Germany, and about the same number of students from abroad who study with us. As I noted in the transfer, the exchange of students, «this is the right process because it allows you to expand your horizons,» reminded Bishop.