Moscow. May 22. INTERFAX – the head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion did not support the initiative of the Chairman of Moscow city Council Nikolay Gubenko on the introduction of a tax on childlessness for the wealthy residents of the capital.
“This is some very dubious initiative,” he said in the program “Church and world” on the channel “Russia-24” (VGTRK), urging instead to consider how to stimulate fertility and to increase child benefit.
“People don’t have children, not because they don’t want to, but because they are not educated and do not say that the birth of children is the happiness that a family with many children is a happy family. Unfortunately, our propaganda machine creates a completely different look of a happy man” – he complained.
Metropolitan noticed that in the modern sense of “a happy person is a person succeeding on work, the person who has a lot of money,” and “a large number of children do not fit into this idea of happiness”.
In addition, according to the Hierarch, doubt the very wording of “wealthy person”. “And who will consider how it is provided? Maybe he provided today, and tomorrow have gone bankrupt,” – said the representative of the Church.
“Then I must also be taxed on childlessness? My childlessness is a conscious choice, because I am a monk”, he added.