Patriarch Kirill spoke about the requirements for priests at secular universities

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the opening of the hierarchical Council of the ROC. 29 Nov 2017Patriarch Kirill spoke about the requirements for priests at secular universities© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

Patriarch Kirill urged the clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church to be an institution of the University of the clergy and noted that the priests at the universities it is desirable to have higher secular education.

«University priest, a house Church in high school – demonstration of historical and existing still regard Christianity and science. You will find a Church in Oxford, and Harvard University. The presence of the chaplain (s) as naturally and organically as the presence of a secular Professor» — said the Patriarch at the session of the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, adding that Russia is a vivid example of such cooperation is the Church of Holy Martyr Tatiana at Moscow state University.

The development of the Institute priests in the universities, as he said, — «not some clerical campaign for science and higher education». First of all, it is the tradition that once belonged to Russia, and now belongs to many countries, including European and American.

In addition, added the Patriarch, the University priests «are designed to meet the most demanding requirements». «It is advisable to have University shepherd had a higher secular education – I would say even more than desirable. In some cases it is a necessary condition. The priest must be on the same educational level with students and with teachers, because of the conversation that it will hold, may affect not only spiritual topics. They can pass in the mainstream cultural discourse, which would include scientific topics. The priest must be a member of such authoritative discourse» — said the head of the ROC.

He called on priests to be attentive to communicating with students and be honest in front of them. «Young people are carefully and intuitively does not forgive the pious guile, and formalism in dealing with him,» — says the Patriarch.

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