Moscow, January 27, Interfax – In many respects, it was acting Locum Tenens Metropolitan Kirill, who prevented attempts of Western missionaries to gain control over Russian people in the early 1990s.
“Metropolitan Kirill very firmly, emotionally and toughly talked with all these Western people, both state and religious figures. Then we made many of them change their mind, many of these people winded down their work in Russia, and now we see that such are activities are not developed any more,” deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said on air Radonezh radio.
According to him, rumors that “Metropolitan Kirill is going to surrender Russia to the West are myth.”
“He is person who clearly understands that there is no Russia without Orthodoxy and doesn’t accept any attempts to make Russia Catholic, Protestant or some pseudo-Orthodox country, where the Church will be dissolved in reforms or changed by some kind of reforms,” Fr. Vsevold stressed.