The Russian Orthodox Church was not and has no intention to withdraw classic works of literature from the curriculum. This was stated by Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and society and mass-media Vladimir Legoyda, commenting on the speech of Archpriest Artemy Vladimirov, reports RIA Novosti.
The priest Artemy Vladimirov, speaking on Monday, March 14, at the meeting of the Patriarchal Commission on family matters, protection of motherhood and childhood, has called a “time bomb” for school children a range of stories by Chekhov, Bunin and Kuprin. According to him, they are not suitable for the formation of ideal families.
“Archpriest Artemy Vladimirov expressed his personal negative attitude to the three works of Russian classics, — said Legoyda. However, he stressed that “the point of view of one of the priest in no way can be considered as the intention of the Church to seek exclusion from the curriculum of those or other authors.”
“No such plans”, — said the head of the Synodal Department. “The more this whole media story has nothing to headed by his Holiness Patriarch “Society of Russian literature” in which the overwhelming majority of experts in Russian language and literature”, — said Legoyda.
According to him, the Patriarch speaks “for conservation as a large amount of teaching Russian language and literature, and the “Golden list” of classics XIX and XX centuries”. The Legoyda stressed that one of the stated goals of the “Society of Russian literature” is precisely the preservation of the Russian language and Russian literature, the preservation and multiplication of their presence in the school curriculum.
According to the press service of the Patriarchal Commission on family matters, protection of motherhood and childhood Archpriest Artemy Vladimirov at the meeting also said that in Russian literature there are many works for the formation of ideal families, however, the Methodists chose to study students those that don’t really make sense. He, in particular, cited the example of “About love” Anton Chekhov, “lilac Bush” by Kuprin, and “Caucasus” Bunin, in which, according to him, glorifies free love. In one case, the betrayed husband kills himself, in another divided family, in the third — adultery ends in nothing, reminded Vladimirov.
“These artistic images is a time bomb for our children. Our Commission must submit proposals to the Department of education”, — said the Archpriest, without specifying, what is the essence of these proposals.