In the Russian Orthodox Church was sympathetic to the idea to equate a 5-year cohabitation to marriage

© Depositphotos / IgorVetushkoМолодая couple during a walk in the Park in winter. Archival photoIn the Russian Orthodox Church was sympathetic to the idea to equate a 5-year cohabitation to marriage© Depositphotos / IgorVetushko

The idea of state Duma deputies to equate a five-year cohabitation of a man and woman to the marriage official has found understanding in the Russian Orthodox Church.

Earlier it became known that in the state Duma a bill which proposes to amend the Family code to introduce the concept of «de facto relationship». Under such relations, the bill refers to «not duly registered Union between a man and woman living together and having a common economy». According to the explanatory note to the document, signs of actual marital relations are maintaining a common household and living together for five years, and maintaining a common household, living together for two years and the presence of a common child (children).

«This measure, according to the authors, is designed to encourage cohabitants to be husbands, and of girlfriends — wives to return the children to the family. If we talk about the socio-legal dimension, it has its own logic. This is a forced response to the increasing moral degradation of our society as a whole. The number of registered marriages is declining every year. Men are infantile, consumer are the relatives and friends of people afraid to take responsibility for their fate. And hardest for mothers and children, born of such cohabitation. But if moral norms cease to operate, and in their place come the legal. Moreover, in litigation in a number of cases taken into account the cohabitation of a man and woman. Another question, how effective is the proposed mechanism», — said the expert of the Synodal Department for youth Affairs, the expert Committee on family, women and children of the state Duma of the Russian Federation, member of the Commission for missions and catechesis at the Diocesan Council of Moscow hieromonk Dimitry (Pershin).

He also noted that «leaving Russia, depicted in the «White guard» of Mikhail Bulgakov and in the paintings of Pavel Korin, unfortunately, never returns from the past, despite all statements and declarations».

«We are losing humanity. Serve the neighbor, and use it. Change partners as gloves. But for accurate observation of Karl Jaspers, thereby our society learns to betray. If this trend does not change, the country will slide into a new totalitarianism. Therefore, it is not reduced to manual registration of domestic partners. Needs a lot of work on themselves», — concluded the Agency interlocutor.

At the same time, the Church recalled that a registered marriage provides the mutual responsibilities of spouses and must precede the wedding.

«We believe that this initiative requires a detailed study. We believe that the registered marriage is a form of cohabitation men and women, which ensures the mutual responsibility of spouses, regulates their rights and duties, creates conditions for raising children. The Church comes from the fact that in all cases, except in exceptional, the wedding should be preceded by registration of marriage. Any legislative initiative in this field should, in our view, be assessed from the point of view of whether it meets the goal of strengthening responsible behaviour in the sphere of the relations of men and women. The proposed law should be studied with this point of view,» said RIA Novosti Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations of the Church with society and the media Vakhtang Kipshidze.