ROC: the Number of Muslims is growing in the EU because of the refusal of the West from Christian values

© AFP 2017 / Zakaria AbdelkafiМусульмане during Friday prayers at one of the streets of ParisROC: the Number of Muslims is growing in the EU because of the refusal of the West from Christian values© AFP 2017 / Zakaria Abdelkafi

The Russian Orthodox Church is scared of the growing number of Muslims in Europe and the liberalization of Western society and the rejection of traditional Christian values, said the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk in the program «Church and world» on TV channel «Russia 24».

The head of the Department explained the increase in the Muslim population of European countries by the fact that in Muslim families, the birth rate is generally higher than in families of other religions, as well as the peculiarities of migration policy of most States of Europe.

«I would like to reiterate the words of my Vatican counterpart cardinal Koch, who once, not yet a cardinal, said that «we should not be afraid of a strong Islam and weak Christianity.» He said it in relation to Europe. This is what we are constantly talking,» said Metropolitan Hilarion.

According to him, against the current migration policy today openly three EU member States – Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, which formed the so-called Visegrad group. Its representatives said they will be selective in refugees from the Middle East: they will take Christians from the Middle East, but not ready to accept Muslims.

The DECR Chairman added that this position has already caused a wave of criticism, because it does not conform to accepted European rules of political correctness. But these three States stand firmly on their positions, even ready to sue the EU, defending this approach.