Metropolitan Hilarion called allegations of clergy in luxury

*** In his opinion, more attention should be paid not to “all the external trappings”, and the high Church mission

Moscow. July 10. INTERFAX – Prosecution of Orthodox priests in luxury are not unfounded, said the head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

“On expensive cars, few priests. They can ride the bishops, senior Church leaders, but most priests, especially those serving in rural areas, people with very limited incomes, people who move or cheap cars, or public transport,” said the Bishop on Saturday in the program “Church and world” on TV channel “Russia-24” (VGTRK).

He is convinced that the priest in the case, when something in his behavior or appearance makes people tempted to renounce this and to sacrifice their comfort.

The Metropolitan stressed that it often happens that accusations of this kind in the address of the clergy is unfounded.

“I once read about himself that was accompanying the Patriarch in his visit to Bulgaria, sat in a car and was holding the phone “Vertu” for ten thousand dollars. I have had this phone for many years I use the iPhone – first, fifth, and now sixth. And the picture phone was circled, but the picture is, of course, was such that it was impossible to see what this phone,” he said.

The DECR Chairman expressed regret that very often people pay attention “to some external stuff, on all the external trappings and forget the most important thing is that the Church gives millions of people the meaning of life, the joy and happiness that she is able to restore broken families”.

“The Church in the world performs miracles. Now, if it had paid more attention, I think everyone would be better: and the Church would be safer to carry out its Ministry in society, and society would not be reeling from the kind of statements and accusations,” he concluded.